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Microchip your pet to ensure safety

Haywood Spay/Neuter is holding a pet microchip clinic 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 in Waynesville. 

Many dogs and cats end up in shelters because they lack proper identification to be returned to their owners. A microchip can help identify a lost pet. For a fee of $15, a pet can be permanently registered. If the owner moves, changes phone number or gives the pet away, registration information can be easily and quickly updated anytime with no additional fee. The microchip is a permanent form of identification, the size of a grain of rice, and is injected into the space between the pet’s shoulder blades.



Silent auction to benefit K.A.R.E.

The newly formed Haywood Area Wholistic Integrative Practitioners group (HAWIP) is throwing a silent auction and reception at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Where Angels Gather, a holistic retail store and education center at 124 Miller Street in Waynesville.

HAWIP members are actively gathering donated items and gift certificates from local businesses and service providers/practitioners. Donations will be accepted until Thursday, Nov. 8.

All funds raised will go to Kids Advocacy Resource Effort (K.A.R.E.), a local organization dedicated to relieving the suffering of abused and neglected children through counseling, education and compassion.

828.558.4139 or 828.246.2682 or 828.550.7685.


WCU planning committee to hold community forum 

A steering committee overseeing the creation of a comprehensive master plan to guide development and improvements of Western Carolina University’s Cullowhee campus will hold its first public forum from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 at the Cullowhee Valley School.

A direct outgrowth of the university’s recently approved strategic plan, titled “2020 Vision: Focusing Our Future,” the campus master planning process will address issues related to new building needs, utilization of existing space, parking and transportation, technology infrastructure, sustainability, safety and security, preservation of campus heritage and integration of the campus with the surrounding community. 

828.227.3082 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


WCU presents ‘Love Your Body Week’ 

 Programs and events centered on nutrition, fitness and developing a positive body image will be hosted at Western Carolina University as part of an annual celebration of “Love Your Body Week” from Monday, Nov. 12 to Thursday, Nov. 15.

Events include nutrition assessments 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and Nov. 15, a clothes swap from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12, a race across campus at 4 p.m. Nov. 13, an introduction to weights session from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, “Celebrate! A Belly-Dancing Workshop” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 13, and “The Secrets of Powerful Women” leadership class from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Nov. 15.

To register a team of two to four people for the race across campus (Amazing Catamount Challenge), email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register in Room 331 of A.K. Hinds University Center by Sunday, Nov. 11. 


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