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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

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WCU welcomes UNC Board of Governors

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors will hold its September meeting on the Western Carolina University campus.

“It’s a rare opportunity, I’ll just start by saying, to have the Board of Governors on campus,” WCU Chancellor David Belcher told the university’s board of trustees earlier this month. “It’s a rare opportunity for us to share Western North Carolina and share our vision.”

The board of governors is the policy-making body for the multi-campus UNC system. The group’s September meeting is being hosted in Cullowhee in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of the founding of the institution that became WCU.

“We’re going to give them an in depth look at Western Carolina,” Belcher said.

The visiting board of governors will be in Cullowhee Sept. 10-12. The group’s first day will include touring WCU’s campus, with the remaining days spent in policy sessions, committee meetings and a full board meeting. 

Belcher told WCU’s trustees that hosting the UNC Board of Governors would requiring “a small army.”

“It’s an all-hands-on-deck to host this many out of town guests,” Belcher told them. “It’s taken this entire village to put this on.”


Roll and Read at Waynesville Rec Park

 Bikes, skates, strollers, wagons and walking shoes are all welcome at Haywood County’s first ever Roll and Read event, 10:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 19 at Waynesville Recreation Park. Parents and children will progress from the Waynesville Recreation Center parking lot along the greenway to the Waynesville Recreation Park while enjoying select children’s stories along the way.

The event will also include a safety house provided by the Waynesville Fire Department to discuss fire safety, as well as raffled prizes and free books for children. Staff will be on hand to discuss child development, suggest appropriate children’s books and answer questions. 


Jackson celebrates U.S. Constitution

Jackson County residents are invited to join their civic-minded neighbors at Poteet Park Pavilion in Sylva at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 13 to mark the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The event includes a reading of our Bill of Rights by local Boy Scouts Troop 210.

The event will begin with the presentation of the colors, followed by a complimentary barbecue lunch and a slate of guest speakers.  Pocket size Constitutions will be presented to all attendees. A craft table for children will also be available. This event is free and open to the public.  


WCU hosts Constitution Day panel discussion

 The Western Carolina University Public Policy Institute will host a panel discussion Wednesday, Sept. 17, titled “Are Two Better than One? Comparing our Rights (and Responsibilities) under the North Carolina and United States Constitutions.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The room is next to the lobby of the Fine Art Museum.

Panelists will include Chris Brook, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina; Robert Orr, former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice and former executive director of the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law; and Robert Ferguson, WCU visiting assistant professor of history. Todd Collins, director of the PPI, will serve as the moderator.


Poker run benefits abused horses

The 2nd annual Star Ranch Poker Run to benefit abused and neglected horses will be Saturday, Sept. 13. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. at Salty Dog’s in Maggie Valley. Registration is $20 per bike and $10 per passenger, which includes a pizza buffet with beverage at the final stop. Door prizes, silent auction, 50/50 split the pot and the best poker hand will be awarded a $100 cash prize. 


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