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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

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Jackson Republicans open election headquarters

Republicans from North and South Jackson County recently celebrated the grand opening of the North Jackson County Election Headquarters Office located at 60 West Sylva Shopping Area between Sylva and Dillsboro. 

The location will provide campaign road and yard signs as well as all the paraphernalia connected to national and local candidates. The South Jackson County Headquarters Office will open soon in Cashiers. Voters are invited to visit either office for sample ballots, voter registration applications and any election needs. Monthly meetings as well as candidate meet and greet and special events will be held at each office through November.

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Library offers free digital editing class

A free class on editing digital photos online will be offered at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at the Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva. 

The class will introduce participants to a free online image editing website called Pixlr. Participants will learn to resize and crop, apply special effects, create a collage and to save the images back to the computer. Attendees may bring their own images to work with on a flash drive, but this is not necessary. 

Library Technology Volunteer Jim Geary will teach the class with library staff member Laura Chapman. Class size is limited to the first 16 people who sign up. 



Animal hospital celebrates 30 years

Balsam Animal Hospital in Waynesville will celebrate its 30th anniversary by holding an open house event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at 1628 S. Main St., Waynesville.

Get a tour of the clinic, meet new veterinarian Dr. Daniel Moore, enjoy refreshments and have a chance to win a Yeti cooler as a door prize.


Mountain Projects holds volunteer day

Mountain Projects is inviting the community to attend a Self-Help Housing Volunteer Community Build event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 25, at 174 Miami Drive in Waynesville. 

Lunch will be provided. Come alone or bring a group to volunteer to help build affordable housing for the community. For more information or to sign up, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


Hospital offers free vein program

A free tired leg/varicose vein educational program will be held at 4 and 5 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Vein Center at Haywood Regional Medical Center on the second floor.

Dr. Al Mina, MD, FACS and Dr. Joshua Rudd, DO, will lead the program. Interested community members are asked to register for this session by calling 828.452.8346.  


Macon Health to host ladies night

The next Ladies Night Out Program will be held at 4 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, in the cafeteria of Angel Medical Center in Franklin. 

This month’s program will feature Kristin Elmore with REACH of Macon County speaking on cyber safety. Donations will also be collected for the Read 2 Me Program. Monetary donations and children’s books will be accepted. 

Ladies Night Out is a partnership between Macon County Public Health and Angel Medical Center to provide free monthly programs on a variety of health topics for women with an emphasis on the importance of regular health screenings.


Meet with the mayor of Highlands

Highlands residents are invited to the library for coffee and an open public discussion with Town of Highlands Mayor Patrick Taylor from 11 a.m. to noon on the last Friday of each month at Hudson Library in Highlands. or 828.526.3031.


Commissioner candidate holds kick-off event

A campaign kick-off event for Haywood County commissioner candidate Robin Black will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Lake Junaluska outdoor gym. 

Donations will be accepted but not required and food and music will be provided. 


Maggie business wins quilt block raffle

Brenda O’Keefe, owner of Joey’s Pancake House, is the winner of the “Gateway to the Smokies” quilt block raffle organized by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority.  

TDA staff presented O’Keefe with the block, which will be installed on the exterior of Joey’s Pancake House in Maggie Valley so that both patrons of the restaurant and the general public can enjoy a piece of Haywood County heritage. 

Funding from the raffle helped raise money to further the efforts of the Haywood County Quilt Trail. Participate in the program by purchasing and designing your very own block to be featured on the trail. 

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Stines graduates from municipal administration course 

Jeff Stines, water and sewer maintenance superintendent for the town of Waynesville, has graduated from the Municipal and County Administration Course conducted through the UNC School of Government.  

The seven-month course is designed for managers, department heads, and other city or county officials whose responsibilities require an understanding of functions beyond individual areas of specialization. Only a select few are granted approval by the School of Government to participate in the course annually. Waynesville has had six individuals to graduate from this prestigious program. 


Harrah’s signs on to support Sarge’s 

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort made a $5,000 donation to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation to support its work saving homeless pets and sponsor Sarge’s major events for the year. 

The sponsorship includes Sarge’s ACatemy Awards video event, participation in a summer soiree, Sarge’s Downtown Dog Walk and the annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash. In addition to the sponsorship, Harrah’s Heroes employees have helped Sarge’s with community service days.

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