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Pesticide licensing exam offered in Macon

A pesticide-licensing exam will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at the Macon County Cooperative Extension Center, 193 Thomas Heights Road, in Franklin.

The cost of the core exam is $50, and each category exam is $20. Arrive by 12:30 p.m. to allow time for sign in and payment. Once an individual passes the exam, he or she will submit a yearly license fee of $75 to activate the license.  

Those planning to test should purchase a core study manual and a study manual for the category they will be testing in. A short review of the material will be held at 8:30 a.m. the morning of the exam. 

Call 828.349.2049 to reserve a space for the exam. There is a limited amount of space.


SCC holds Veteran employment seminars 

“Put Veterans to Work for Your Business,” a seminar on the North Carolina Veteran Employment Program, will be offered in Jackson, Macon and Swain counties in June.

Tiffany Henry, director of Southwestern Community College’s Small Business center, will host the meetings, which will be held 8:30-9:30 a.m. June 2 in Jackson County, June 9 in Macon County, and June 16 in Swain County.

The free seminars will educate business owners on how the North Carolina Veteran Employment Program, a new initiative from Governor Pat McCrory, can benefit both businesses and veterans and also how it affects business’ bottom line. 

Registration at


Franklin holds open forum 

The public is invited to a discussion session hosted by Franklin Open Forum at 7 p.m. Monday, June 1, at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, 58 Stewart Street, Franklin. 

The topic will be “Strength in numbers or cogs in a collective wheel? What are the advantages/disadvantages of identifying with a group?” Franklin Open Forum is a moderated discussion group. Those interested in an open exchange of ideas (dialog not debate) are invited to attend. 



Walks planned to end elder abuse 

Walks to End Elder Abuse have been scheduled for 6 p.m. June 15 all over Western North Carolina in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. 

The walks will be held at Riverside Park in Murphy; Veteran’s Park in Hayesville; Robbinsville High School Fitness Trail in Robbinsville; Waynesville Recreation Center in Waynesville; Jackson County Department on Aging in Sylva; Franklin High School Track in Franklin; East Swain Elementary School in Bryson City and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tsali Manor in Cherokee.

The theme for this event is “Elders Matter: Support Elder Abuse Awareness.”

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 15, at the site locations. The event is free. Free t-shirts will be available for as long as they last for those who walk. There is no required distance for the walk.



Free marketing seminar offered at HCC

A free seminar on marketing is being offered by Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 1, in the HCC Creative Arts Building, Room 7105. 

Learn the value of a marketing plan including the importance of market analysis in projecting sales. Market research for a sample business will demonstrate the connection between a marketing plan and a cash flow statement. Participants will identify market tools and prepare a marketing plan for a sample business. 

To register, visit or call 828.627.4512.


Harris, Swain hospitals offer free physicals

Free sports physicals are being offered to students by Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital this spring and summer. The physicals are for high school students and rising seventh and eighth graders. 

The schedule is as follows: 

• Tuesday, June 2: 1 to 5 p.m. at Blue Ridge School gym

• Monday, June 8: 5 to 8 p.m. at Harris Regional Hospital West Entrance  

Appointments are not necessary and athletes will receive paperwork from their coach or school athletic director, which will be required upon arrival. Parents do not need to attend with their child if the required paperwork is completed and signed.



Memory loss classes offered in Haywood

“Caregiver College,” a series of six, two-hour lectures for caregivers of people with memory disorders will run from May 26 through June 30 at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville.

Sessions, which will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday, are designed to improve caregiver understanding of different aspects of dementia care.

The instructor will be Lisa Verges, MD, a MemoryCare staff physician and Waynesville resident. The cost is $85 and free to caregivers of those actively enrolled in MemoryCare. Scholarship opportunities are available.


To register contact MemoryCare at 828.771.2219 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Canton plans a cleanup day

The town of Canton will hold a cleanup and beautification day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 29, in historic downtown Canton. 

Tasks are available for all skill levels on a variety of projects. For more information about how to volunteer, call 648.2363.


NAACP to honor humanitarians

The Jackson County Branch of the NAACP is seeking nominations for the 2015 Humanitarian Award, which will be given in September 2015. 

The award will recognize the work of a person or group in Jackson, Swain or Macon counties who are devoted to the welfare of humanity. 

Nominations are due by Aug. 31 and the award ceremony is Sept. 27. 

828.777-4683 or 828.369.2801.

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