News in brief

Webster board race still short a candidate

After a weeklong extension of the filing deadline, nobody has signed up to run for the Town of Webster seat currently held by Commissioner Allan Grant, meaning that race will be left up to write-in candidates. 

Three seats on the board are up for election this year, as is the mayor’s seat. The incumbents for three of those four seats will seek re-election, but Grant will not, and no other candidate put their name forward on the ballot. 

It’s not unusual for small communities like Webster to have difficulty finding candidates to fill their board seats due to the tiny number of people eligible to run. Currently, there are 271 registered voters living within Webster’s town limits. 


Get prepared for back to school

A Back to School Resource Fair will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, at First United Methodist Church parking lot, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. 

Drive through the resource fair to pick up free informational packets for community resources, produce and perishables from MANNA Food Bank and backpacks full of school supplies (while supplies last).


Civilian police academy seeks applicants

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about how your local police department functions, then the free Waynesville Police Department’s Civilian Police Academy is for you. Classes are held for eight straight Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Waynesville Police Department beginning August 19, and include lectures from patrol officers, detectives, a K-9 handler and Chief David Adams. Participants can also schedule a ride-along with an officer. The program is open to Haywood County residents (including part-time residents) age 18 and older. This year, those aged 16 and 17 can also take part if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Since 2011, the WPD CPA has graduated more than 100 people, some of whom go on to become CPA volunteers and help out with Main Street events, festivals and other volunteer opportunities. Applications are available at the WPD office, 9 South Main Street. Questions? Contact Mary Ford, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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