News in brief

Lake Junaluska will hold its second-annual Beautification Day Thursday, April 12. Members of the community are asked to join the Lake Junaluska staff and residents in an effort to add to the natural beauty of Lake Junaluska through the completion of low-cost, high-impact projects, such as clearing brush, power washing signs and buildings and many more beautification projects.

Lake Junaluska Beautification Day will kick-off with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in Kern Auditorium, where volunteers will receive work assignments. Lunch will also be provided.

At 2:30 p.m., volunteers will celebrate their accomplishments when they return to Kern Auditorium, where they will enjoy a slideshow of the beautification that has taken place.

Volunteer forms are available at


Franklin Daybreak Rotary Club’s annual spaghetti dinner will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 30, in Franklin.

Money raised will help Rotary continue its support of worldwide and local programs such as Boy Scout Troop #235, New Century Scholars, Care Net, the Community Garden, FHS’s Interact Club and more. Tickets are available from club members and at the door. Adults $10; children under 10 years old $5. Take out is available.


A Sibshops is set for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at New Covenant Church in Clyde. Sibshops are a support, information and recreational opportunity for siblings of children with special needs to come together to share concerns, to play games and make new friends. Sibshops offer peer support as well as an opportunity to learn more about their siblings’ disabilities. Pre-registration is required. 828.456.8631 ext. 39.


The Bryson City Rotary Club is hosting a foreign exchange student at Swain County High School for the 2012-2013 school year. The club is currently seeking host families. As a host family you will provide room and board for three to four months, supervise the student just as you would your own children, involve the student in family activities and chores, and enrich the exchange experience by including the student in family, community, and cultural activities. Host families are not compensated financially. The program is run entirely by dedicated volunteers, which helps keep costs low.

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The first annual Swain County Wedding Expo is scheduled for 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Nantahala Village Resort and Spa located on N.C. 19 West. Though the emphasis is to promote Swain County and Bryson City as a destination wedding experience, local brides can also benefit from the expo as many local bakeries, caterers, florists and more will be on-hand to showcase their wares. Admission is free and door prizes will be drawn throughout the day. 828.488.3681or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The second-annual Wesley Golf Classic is set for 1 p.m., April 14, at the Lake Junaluska Golf Course. This will be a Captain’s Choice tournament, kicking off with a shotgun start. The entry fee is $50 for individuals and $200 for a four-person team. All funds raised at the event will benefit the ministry outreach of the Wesley Foundation at Western Carolina University. Registration forms can be found at under the “News and Information” tab.

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