News in brief

Groundbreaking for Pathways shelter

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Mom and Kids dorm at Haywood Pathways Center will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Pathways campus, 179 Hemlock Street, Waynesville. 

The new two-story dormitory will feature 10 family rooms, a trauma-informed playroom, multipurpose room, communal living space with kitchenette and laundry facilities on each floor, 24/7 security and full-time professional case management.

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WCU offers mentoring workshop

To help employers understand how to leverage the skills and experiences of a diverse workforce, Western Carolina University will offer “Experience is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Mentoring Today’s Workforce” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the university’s instructional site at Biltmore Park.

Through attending the workshop, participants will gain a greater appreciation for the value of mentoring as a business strategy, as well as how to tailor mentoring strategies to fit differing generational values and expectations.

The cost to attend the workshop is $99. Upon successful completion of the training, attendees may receive four Society for Human Resources professional development credits.

To register, visit and click on “Mentoring Today’s Workforce” or contact Jill Thompson, WCU associate director of professional development, at 828.227.3070. 


Help needed at Haywood GOP Convention

The Haywood County Republican Party is looking for volunteers to assist with the annual convention. 

An orientation and walk through for new volunteers will be held Tuesday, March 20, at the Canton Colonial Annex, 53 Park St., Canton. 

The Haywood County Republican Executive Committee meeting will take place at 5 p.m. to fill vacancies on the board. When the committee meeting is over, Haywood County Republican Party Convention volunteers will get oriented and learn about ways to help out on the day of the convention, which will be held March 24 at The Colonial Theatre and Annex. 

The reception, which costs $20 a person, will be held at 1 p.m. to meet and mingle with fellow conservatives. Tickets available in advance by calling 828.506.0205 or paid at the door. All Republican candidates, including Congressman Mark Meadows are invited to speak beginning at 2 p.m.

Arrive early to register between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 and attend your precinct meeting. 


Church offering pancake breakfast

Maggie Valley United Methodist Church will hold its ninth annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 24, at the fellowship hall. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $3 for children. 

For more information, call 828.926.9794. 

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