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Rotary to hold fundraiser in Waynesville

The Waynesville-Sunrise Rotary Club will hold a “Cup of Sunshine” fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 6, and Friday, May 7 at Orchard Coffee, 39 Depot St., in Waynesville.

Patrons will receive an original handcrafted mug, filled with coffee, for a suggested donation of $20. All the mugs were designed and created by Western Carolina University’s Ceramics Program, and the artisans will be present for a meet and greet from 9–11 a.m. on May 6. 

Proceeds will support local community development projects and service work. Past projects funded by the Rotary Club include Haywood Pathways’ Holy Cow Food Truck and Myr-Ken Women and Children’s Shelter Technology Center, the Haywood County School bus camera program, Broyhill Children’s Home computer program, and the Waynesville Middle School Student of the Month program. 

For more information, contact Waynesville-Sunrise Rotary Club president Lane Perry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Wrestling with life’s challenges

On Saturday, May 8, Heroes 2 Legends Wrestling and Smoky Mountain Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep will present an exciting evening of entertainment at the Jackson County Rescue Squad featuring the region’s finest grapplers, along with a few important life lessons presented by Samantha Ashe-Hayes of Life Challenge WNC, a Christian nonprofit serving women through a residential addiction treatment center. Several matches are scheduled to take place before reigning Pro Wrestling Union Heavyweight Champion Outlaw Randy Wayne defends his title belt against a challenge from Dexter Hardaway. Johnny Harris and Bam Bam Malone, Christian Wrestling Federation wrestlers from Texas, will also appear. Sponsored by Taylor Wedding Co., Jackson’s General Store, Computer Nerds, Rick’s Full Service Car Wash, Bogarts of Sylva, and Backwoods Bakery Wood Fire Pizza. Doors open at 5 p.m. Bell time 6 p.m. Admission $5 at the door, first come, first served. Youth group rates available. Proceeds from the event will benefit Life Challenge of WNC. Hosted by Heavy Metal Ric Savage. 


Skyrunner selected for broadband work

The Education and Research Consortium of the Western Carolinas, Inc. recently announced it selected Skyrunner as the awardee of its Request for Proposal to expand broadband in the Fines Creek and Crabtree communities in Haywood County. This award is pursuant to funding received by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

The creation and evaluation of the RFP was done in partnership with the Southwestern Commission Council of Governments and Haywood County. 

The ERC has been a long-serving broadband and technology advocate for Western North Carolina.