News in briefWritten by Admin
Water restrictions lifted in Maggie
Maggie Valley Sanitary has lifted water restrictions for customers due to the recent rain and upcoming forecast.
The drought conditions and low water levels from Jonathan Creek and Campbell Creek had forced the sanitary district to ask costumers to reduce water usage by 10 percent.
Haywood TDA accepting funding applications
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority is now accepting 1 percent funding applications for all Haywood County zip codes, which includes 28751 (Maggie Valley), 28786 and 28785 (Waynesville), 28745 (Lake Junaluska), 28716 (Canton), and 28721 (Clyde).
This funding is for tourism projects that take place before June 30, 2017. The deadline for 1applications –is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30. Applications are to be turned in to the Haywood TDA office located at 1110 Soco Rd., Maggie Valley.
The 1 percent applications can be found at www.haywoodcountytourismdevelopment.com/partnership-funding.
Untreated sewage discharged into Richland Creek
The Junaluska Sanitary District experienced a discharge of untreated sewage on Nov. 30 from a blockage in a line located Southeast of Loop Road in Clyde.
The instance sewage totaled over 3,000 gallons. The sewage released at the adjacent Branch leading into Richland Creek. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality's Division of Water Quality was notified of the event and is reviewing the matter.
General Statute 143-215.1C requires that the owner or operator of any wastewater collection or treatment works to issue a press release when an untreated wastewater discharge of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters.
For further information, contact Junaluska Sanitary District office at 828.452.1178.
Meadows will chair Freedom Caucus
Congressman Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, was elected on Monday to serve as chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.
“I am honored and humbled to receive the support of my colleagues for Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. It is a position that I take very seriously, and as we look toward the coming year, I am tremendously excited about the opportunities we will have to make a difference for Americans on Main Street,” Meadows said.
The Freedom Caucus is a congressional caucus consisting of conservative Republican members of the House of Representatives. It was formed by a group of Congressmen as a "smaller, more cohesive, more agile and more active" group of conservatives.”
Fraud alert in Franklin
The town of Franklin is warning residents of a fraudulent “Business Reply Mailer” that seems to be going to some residents in Franklin, supposedly from the American Water Resources.
It’s asking people to return the stub with payment in order to enroll in a water line protection program for a monthly fee of $5.49. The mailer makes it look like they are acting in collaboration with the town, but the town is not endorsing the solicitation. Residents should review their homeowner’s policy to verify what coverage they might have for broken water/sewer lines on their property, and to act accordingly.
WOW donates $4,000 for winter heating assistance
Women of Waynesville, a nonprofit organization that supports the needs of women and children in Haywood County, recently donated $4,000 toward Mountain Projects’ Share the Warmth campaign.
Share the Warmth is an annual fundraising effort that provides heating cost assistance to people with no options and who are in critical situations trying to stay warm — single parents who have limited income, the elderly, sick and disabled. “WOW members work hard all year to fundraise and go after grants so we can make a big impact in our community — especially around the holidays,” said WOW President Jessi Stone. “We spend a lot of time deliberating on where our money will be best utilized and we feel confident in Mountain Projects’ ability to reach our most vulnerable residents through their Share the Warmth campaign.”
With the help of Champion Credit Union’s matching funds, Mountain Projects will receive $8,000 to keep women and children warm this winter.
For more information about WOW, visit www.womenofwaynesville.org or call 828.550.9978.