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7 hrs ago | The Mountaineer Publishing Company

Southern gospel's MARK209 to perform Sept. 21

One of Southern gospel's most original groups will bring a new sound to Haywood County at 10:50 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Hazelwood Baptist Church, located at 265 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville.

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Related Topix: Waynesville, NC, Life, Food, Food Festival, Gulf, NC

Sun Sep 14, 2014

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Randy Pressley is Teacher of the Year

The Laurel Ridge Country Club was swimming with teachers and school administrators Wednesday afternoon when Haywood County officials named Tuscola High School math teacher Randy Pressley as the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year. "I'm almost speechless," Pressley said after accepting the award in front of the crowd.

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Several charges dropped in Hurley case

Prosecutors will be pursuing nine charges of the original 44 against Maggie Valley resident and restaurant owner Steve Hurley, who was arrested in February for several child sex charges. The 68-year-old was indicted by a Haywood County Grand Jury on those nine charges in July.

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Related Topix: Maggie Valley, NC, Buncombe County, NC

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Matthew Parris

Matthew was born December 8, 1979 and was a lifelong resident of Haywood County. He was employed with Blue Ridge Glass, Inc. of Waynesville.

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Related Topix: Waynesville, NC

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Help welcome special visitors Sept. 25

This is a sample of the gift baskets available at Mountain Favors, a local business that helps market Haywood County-made products. Haywood Helps is making a concerted effort to welcome special guests later this month when Guaranteed Rate officials and their spokesperson, Ty Pennington, are in town.

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Related Topix: Waynesville, NC

Fri Sep 12, 2014

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Giving back on United Way's Day of Caring

Hundreds of volunteers across the county dispersed to 33 job sites Thursday to paint houses, build wheelchair ramps, pull weeds and more during the annual United Way Day of Caring. In Canton, the Haywood Baptist Men came together at a home on Holtzclaw Street to build a 92-foot handicapped ramp for 92-year-old Juanita Bryson.

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Related Topix: Canton, NC, Waynesville, NC

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Evergreen Foundation continues funding jail services

Meridian Behavioral Health Services received continuation funding in the amount of $27,000 for its jail programs in Haywood and Jackson counties. For the past seven years, Meridian has been providing assessment and group therapy services twice a week in both county jails.

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Related Topix: Prison

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Back door access closed at Historic Courthouse

As of Sept. 1, the public's only access to enter Waynesville's Historic Courthouse is through the front doors.

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Radio ads seek to influence NC minority voters

A group trying to persuade physician Ben Carson to run for president in 2016 says it's running radio ads through Election Day this year that also attempt to influence voters in North Carolina's U.S. Senate race. The ads from the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee also identify Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and address issues on which the group believes many minorities agree with Republicans -- particularly public education, abortion and energy.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Senator Kay Hagan, US News, US Senate, Democrat, North Carolina Government, North Carolina, Mary Landrieu

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Teachers make their exit

Haywood County teacher of the year candidates stand together while waiting for the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year luncheon to commence. Pictured, from left, is Kelly Deaver, third-grade teacher at Meadowbrook, Sherry Justice, second-grade teacher at Clyde Elementary, and Glenna Rayburn, the Tite 1 math teacher at Bethel Elementary.

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Related Topix: Kelly, NC, Buncombe County, NC, Henderson County, NC

Thu Sep 11, 2014

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Shining Rock Riverfest

Admission $10 Children under 12 Free. Please bring your family to Historic Camp Hope and enjoy an amazing musical lineup, events for the children, local barbeque, food vendors, local artist, and homemade arts and crafts with all proceeds to be used for the maintenance and repair of Camp Hope--a public resource for all of Haywood County to use for weddings, reunions, festivals, church and civic groups, meetings, or just family fun.

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Related Topix: Wedding

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SeptemberFest

The Daydreamz Project is sponsoring the first annual SeptemberFest event at the Green Thumb Garden in back of the Old Armory building in Frog Level, Waynesville NC. This event will celebrate the harvest of community gardens in the Waynesville, Haywood County area.

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Related Topix: Home Gardening, Home, Waynesville, NC, Cherokee, NC

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Zoning issue presents rare divide on Waynesville governing board

For years Mayor Gavin Brown of Waynesville has issued a Mayor's Proclamation in remembrance of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States. At Tuesday night's governing board meeting, the mayor prepared to read his proclamation, shook his head and said, "I can't do this."

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Related Topix: Waynesville, NC, Harrells, NC

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Captured fugitive returns to NC after 1973 escape

A fugitive captured in Iowa after decades on the run is returning to North Carolina, where he escaped from prison in 1973. North Carolina officers were transporting 69-year-old Ronald Carnes from a county jail in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to a prison in Raleigh.

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Related Topix: Huntersville, NC, Blue Ridge Parkway, US National Parks, Waynesville, NC

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Public Invited on a Salamander Hike at Purchase Knob

A short hike is being offered to the public on Saturday, September 27th. The event is sponsored by Haywood Waterways Association and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

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Artists sought for small works show

The Haywood County Arts Council is seeking artists for its seventh annual small works show, "It's a Small, Small Work" to be held Nov. 19 to Dec. 27, in Gallery 86, 86 N. Main St., Waynesville. The show provides a unique opportunity for budding artists to exhibit their work, as well as the opportunity for more seasoned artists to test their boundaries.

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Related Topix: Waynesville, NC, US National Parks, Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

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Pathways center volunteer effort kicks off Sept. 25

Plans are quickly shaping up for the kick-off volunteer weekend at the old Hazelwood prison where more than 500 individuals have signed up to help. The first work day at the future Haywood Pathways Center is set for Thursday, Sept.

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Related Topix: Canton, NC, Waynesville, NC

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Puppies found on parkway - tied up in a pillowcase

Seven newborn puppies were found on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Haywood County, tied up in a pillowcase. The puppies are now in the care of Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation.

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Related Topix: US National Parks, Blue Ridge Parkway

Wed Sep 10, 2014

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Baskets & Bags Bingo

The eighth annual Baskets and Bags Bingo will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds.

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Sarge's cats support PetSmart Adopt-a-thon Sept. 12 - 14

Sarge's is holding an adoption special on cats and kittens adopted Sept. 12 - 14 at either PetSmart or Sarge's Adoption Center in Waynesville.

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Related Topix: Waynesville, NC

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