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Weekend Plans in Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties!


The Friday edition of our weekly newsletter will be dedicated to letting YOU know what is happening in and around Western North Carolina. For FREE businesses, churches, and organizations can send us their sales, operating hours, events, worship services, yard sales, you name it. If it is happening Friday-Sunday in WNC, send it to with the who, what, where, and when details and I will publish it in the Friday newsletter!

We have also added a special "Now Hiring" section to help our readers and local businesses connect! 


Gov. Cooper eases restrictions for businesses in NC -- high school football kicks off with fans in the stands
Country Road Farms Nursery gearing up for Spring season
Rep. Cawthorn tours district during break from D.C.
Two local Troopers among 51 sworn members promoted across the state
Macon County opens vaccines up for teachers; school increases substitute pay


Grief Share Group: Grieving for the loss of someone close to you? GriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group designed to help you rebuild your life. We know it hurts, and we want to help. Grief Share will meet on Wednesdays at 5:30 in the Chapel. COVID precautions are taken and online is an option. We have free workbooks in the conference room.
Want to come in person? Sign up at

A series of free, online turkey hunting seminars are coming up in March from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Classes will be held 7-8 p.m. with an interactive Q&A session at the end. Classes are Tuesday, March 2: Biology for Hunters, Regulations, Where to Hunt and Scouting. Wednesday, March 3: Firearms, Ammo, Clothing and Miscellaneous Equipment. Thursday, March 4: Hunting Techniques and Strategies. Space is limited with pre-registration required at Classes will be held via Zoom. 

4-H PLANT SALE Macon County 4-H. Orders will be taken through Thursday, March 12.  Apple Trees, Cherry Trees, Pear Trees, Plum Trees, Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Elderberry and Strawberry plants (828)349-2046.

Appalachian Animal Rescue Center is looking for volunteers to help at the thrift store. Call for information about the store (828)369-3046 or the shelter (828)524-4588 if you are interested in volunteering.

The Main Street Sylva Association is organizing a Spring Sylva Sidewalk Sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, in downtown Sylva. There will be live music on Main Street from 12:30-2:30 p.m., provided by the jazz trio "We Three Swing." There will also be live music at the Jackson Arts Market (JAM) in the parking lot adjacent to the Sylva Herald.

The Special Liberty Project, which serves Veterans, Gold Star Families and active-duty/veteran Suicide Spouses with nature-centric programs, retreats and peer support, is hosting two Volunteer Days at the organization’s new Farm and Retreat Center in Franklin on Feb. 20 and March 6. Both are from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided. To RSVP or for more information, call 619-726-9240 or e-mail

Sylva First United Methodist Church will host a Father Daughter Drive-In Movie Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the church parking lot. Due to copyright laws, the name of the movie cannot be announced. Each couple will receive a concession box to enjoy during the evening. Couples are asked to sign up online at

The Macon County Republican Party will host its 2021 convention virtually from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 6. Delegates will participate by phone. The convention is open to all Macon County voters who were registered as Republicans as of Jan. 31, 2021. Pre-register no later than 5 p.m. March 5 to receive dial-in instructions. The registration form is at For more information or questions, email, or leave message at 828.347.2877

Jackson Arts Market-
Painting Class with @flashoflife_1995
2/27/21 two classes, at 1:45 & 3:30

Saturdays 1:00-5:00 PM
533 West Main St Sylva, NC
Free outdoor arts experience with LIVE MUSIC , 20+ artists, and demos sharing their artistic process of creating hand made pieces. Hot Tea, Baked Goods,Bar and restaurant

Swain County Caring Corner (SCCC) is still open and accepting patients.  It is located at Restoration House (Bryson City United Methodist Church) 81 Academy Street, Bryson City NC 28713. Clinic Hours are Thursdays 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with Office Hours Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9 a.m. to noon. Call 828.341.1998 to see if you qualify to receive medical care from volunteer provider

Macon County nonprofit organizations have until Feb. 26, to apply for county funds through the Macon County Community Funding Pool (CFP). Application forms and instructions are available at Hard copies are available at Macon County Public Library on Siler Farm Road in Franklin, the Hudson Library on Main Street in Highlands, and the Nantahala Public Library on Nantahala School Road

Beginning today, Tuesday, January 25, 2021, individuals who need to register or schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination should call 828-524-1500. The Call Center is operating Monday through Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm.
Macon County is currently vaccinating individuals’ eligible for Group 1 (Health Care Workers with in-person Patient Contact) and Group 2 (Individuals age 65 and over). Those who are eligible under either of these groups who have not registered or need to schedule an appointment should call 828-524-1500.

Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will have The Band Crossfire Band Feb. 27 and The Waymores March 13. All shows begin at 7 p.m. For more information and a complete schedule of events, click on
 Lazy Hiker Brewing (Sylva) 
 will host Mountain Gypsy March 5 and The Waymores March 12. All shows begin at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information and a complete schedule of events, click on

“Drag Queen Trivia” hosted by Beulah Land will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Lazy Hiker Brewing taproom/restaurant in Sylva. Study up on your drag history for a chance to win a Lazy Hiker gift card. Free to attend and participate.

Nantahala Brewing (Sylva) will host live music semi-regularly on the weekends. Free and open to the public.

Balsam Falls Brewing (Sylva) will host an open mic from 8 to 10 p.m. every Thursday. Free and open to the public.

There will be a free wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday and 2 to 5 p.m every Saturday at The Wine Bar & Cellar in Sylva. 828.631.3075.

Bryson City Wine Market offers a glass of wine and a Market Plate Monday through Saturday as well as special flight tastings from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday


New Business Alert!
The Southern Organization Company! 
Services include Home and Business Organization as well as moving and relocation assistance.
Contact Info: 828-421-8672

Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Centers in Cullowhee and Franklin have an educational parenting program to earn “points” to use to obtain free items for your family. The centers carry formula, diapers, wipes, baby items and clothing up to size 6, as well as strollers, car seats, high chairs, pack n’ plays, etc. Donations are always welcome. Services are free and confidential. For more information or an appointment, call (828)349-3200, (828)293-3600 or

CareNet on Bidwell Street will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A box of food may be picked up once a week.

Uptown Gallery on Main Street new hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Five Fire Departments in Macon County – Nantahala, Cullasaja, Sky Valley, Clarks Chapel, and Burningtown – are open Monday thru Fridays for drive up food deliveries from 1 to 4 p.m. for anyone who needs food.

Employment assistance is offered by NC Works Career Center from 1:30-4 p.m. on the first Friday of every month at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. 488.3030 or
To have your yard sale included here for FREE, email it to

HUGH INDOOR MOVING SALE Saturday Feb. 27th from 9am til 2 pm, everything must go and priced to sell. High end antiques, furniture, wool area rugs, large leveled mirrors, antiques desk, walnut & glass bookcases, statues, art work and tons of concrete yard décor and so much more. Life time collection. Rain or Shine. 858 Old Settlement Road, about 1 mile off Hwy 107, Sylva, NC. 50-51*

INDOOR YARD SALE Feb. 26, 27, 9:30am-2pm, 1060 Lake Emory Rd., Ladies Clothes, Kitchen, Bedding, Some Antiques, Furniture, Odds & Ends


Sylva First United Methodist Church will host a Father Daughter Drive-In Movie Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the church parking lot. Due to copyright laws, the name of the movie cannot be announced. Each couple will receive a concession box to enjoy during the evening. Couples are asked to sign up online at Call 828.586.2358 for more information. The church is located at 77 Jackson Street in downtown Sylva.

Franklin First Baptist Church Drive by for February Sunshine Treats every Saturday in February between 2 to 3:30 p.m. Remain in your car as you receive hot chocolate, homemade cookies plus a bag of fruit per car. 

Celebrate Recovery at Discover Church every Monday night,  6 to 8 p.m. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12-step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life. Free childcare up to five years old for attending parents. Discover Church is located at 47 Macon Center Dr. (behind Bojangles). For more information, email for questions

Prentiss Church of God is holding Sunday worship service in its sanctuary beginning at 10:30 a.m. Social distancing is observed and safety measures are in place. Pastor Kevin Chapman invites the community to attend. Services are also streamed online on the Prentiss Church of God Facebook page. The church is located at  59 Church Hill Lane, off Addington Bridge Road. Phone: (828)369-3885.

Spiritual Light Center is now open for in-person services every Sunday at 11 a.m.  Covid-19 protocols are in place. The public is invited. The center is located at 80 Heritage Hollow Dr., Franklin.

Tellico Baptist Church is now having in-person Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m. inside the church building with the Reverend L. E. Angel. Everyone is welcome.

First Alliance Church Sunday Services are held in-person and on Facebook at 10:30 a.m., Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. The church is located in Franklin at 31 Promise Lane (off Womack next door to Trimont Christian Academy). For more information, call the church office at (828)369-7977.

Memorial United Methodist Church Anonymous Call-in Prayer Line. If you need prayer,  call (828)369-0707. Leave a message with your prayer request, and the church will be happy to pray for you or whoever you request prayers for. You may also leave a request for a call back if you need one.

Webster Baptist Sylva: Weekly Sunday Classes:
1. Prayer Time at 8:00 am in the Chapel each Sunday morning.
2. Genesis Class: meets in the Chapel at 10:15 am with Mel Livernois.
3. Elijah by Priscilla Shirer: meets in the Fellowship Hall starting March 7 at 10:00 am with Carolyn Gutierrez.
4. Joy Class: Broadcast on the JoyClass Facebook page live on Sunday mornings at 10 am with Scott Barlowe. Books are in the conference room. (Break till March 7)
5. High School Youth Group in the gym at 6:30 pm.
Webster Baptist: Weekly Wednesday Classes:
1. WebKidz classes: Zoom continues at 5:30 pm. In person classes will meet at 6:30 pm.
2. Middle School Youth Group meets in the gym at 6:30 pm.
3. Church Life Class in the conference at 6:30 pm.
4. Grief Share in the Chapel from 5:30-7:00 pm. Want to come in person? Sign up at Want to take the course online? Sign up at
5. College/Staff WCU Prayer Group in the Fellowship Hall on first and third Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.
Child Dedication: This Sunday. Please let the office know if you will would like to dedicate your child(ren).
Last Sunday to collect food for UCM. You can drop off food this Sunday or during the week this week to the church office. Please check dates on cans.
Gospel Conversations Training Conference: Tom Ford is coordinating this Free Gospel Conversations Conference on March 6 from 8:30 to 4:30. A boxed lunch will be provided in the Fellowship Hall. This hands-on interactive training includes practice of all the tools with an option to engage people in your community as we pray for laborers to be mobilized for the mission.
**Register at
3/7 & 3/8: Elijah Study by Priscilla Shirer starting March 7 & 8: In this faith-building study, you’ll discover how Elijah’s obedience to God kept him anchored, sharpened his faith, broadened his impact, and invited heaven’s fire to fall. God is also working in your life today to fashion a fiery, bold faith that will empower you to share the hope of Christ with your family, friends, co-workers, and community. We will have 2 options for you to participate in this study. Carolyn Gutierrez will lead on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am in the FH. Whichever service you come to, you can either stop in a little late or leave a little early if needed. Debi Nantz will lead on Monday nights at 6:00 pm in the Chapel. No child care provided for either class. The cost of the workbook is $10. Please RSVP to the office so we can purchase enough books. The books will be at the greeter desk or you can pick up at the office during the week.
Macon County Dept. of Social Services 
Child Welfare Social Workers needed.  Advanced, professional level casework providing protective and on-going case management services.  Details at
To Apply – Complete State of NC Application PD-107 submitted to NC Works at 5 West Main St. Franklin, NC 28734.

 Full-time additional administrative staff to our local Edward Jones team in Franklin, NC.

Job Description:

* Ability to deepen and broaden client relationships

* Experience in identifying opportunities to create efficiency

* Experience working independently and managing multiple priorities in a deadline-driven environment

* Proficiency in current office technology

* Willingness to learn how financial services / markets work

To apply for this position, visit and enter 58173BR in the search field.

- Bill DeWandeler
   Financial Advisor
   81 W Main St
   Franklin, NC 28734
   (828) 369-5383

Macon Citizens Habilities, Inc
Macon Group Home - Franklin

39 Hour Shift: Mon, Thurs, Fri (5PM-10PM) Sat, Sun (7AM-7PM) Iotla Group Home - Franklin

37.5 Hour Split ShiF: Mon-Fri (7AM-10AM, 5PM-9PM)

40 Hour ShiF: Mon-Thurs (11PM-9AM)

Jackson County-

Smoky Group Home - Sylva

32 Hour Shift: Fri (5PM-9PM) Sat and Sun (7AM-9PM)

34 Hour Shift: Thurs (5PM-9PM) Fri, Sat, Sun (11PM-9AM)

36 Hour Shift: Mon-Fri (6AM-11AM) Mon-Wed (5PM-9PM)

60 Hour Shift (7 on 7 off): Mon-Fri (4PM-9PM) Sat and Sun (7AM-10PM)

60 Hour Shitf (7 on 7 off): Mon-Fri (4PM-9PM) Sat and Sun (7AM-10PM)

Webster Group Home - Sylva (Webster Community)

19 Hour Shift: Mon (4p-9P) Sat and Sun (7A-2P)

19 Hour Shift: Tues (4p-9P) Sat and Sun (2P-9P)

22.5 Hour Shift: Mon-Fri (630AM-11AM)

35 Hour Shift: Fri (4P-9P) Sat and Sun (7A-10P)

Visit our Facebook Page "Macon Citizen HabliBes, Inc" for Benefits and Requirements.


Grandview Manor Care Center

We are looking to hire two individuals to join our personal care team! Both positions will work directly with our residents to ensure all of their needs are met. 

We have an opening on our second shift (3PM-11PM) and an opening on our third shift (11PM-7AM). Both positions can be full or part-time and come with flexible scheduling, educational opportunities and a great team to work with. Please apply on here, or send us a direct message with any questions. 


Hampton Inn Franklin

 Front Desk Person Fri thru Sunday 8am-4pm $9.45 Personable & Reliable, Housekeepers full and part-time $9.25. Applications at front desk 244 Cunningham Rd., No phone calls.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina,

a nonprofit mentoring organization is searching for a part-time (20 hours a week) Program Coordinator of its Swain County branch. Under the supervision of the Executive and Assistant Director, the Program Coordinator proactively performs the leadership role in the program team approach in the areas of enrollment and matching. Qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related human services field. Experience in related field is desired, but not required. Ability to travel within service area and to work flexible hours, including weekends, is required. To learn more, including job responsibilities and how to apply, visit


Jackson County Parks and Recreation

Is recruiting for a Seasonal Park Worker (weekends) to clean and perform daily trash pick-up of the parks and restrooms. This employee will also perform general duties such as basic plumbing, general repair, painting, landscaping, mowing and other duties as needed. Work Period is March - October. Work Schedule: Friday through Monday, 32 hours per weekend. High School Diploma or GED required and possess a valid NC Driver license. Prefer at least one year of landscaping or general maintenance experience. To apply, submit an Application for Employment to the Sylva branch of the NCWorks Career Center or the Jackson County Human Resources Office. Closing Date: 2/12/2021.

 Habitat for Humanity of Macon/Jackson County
Habitat needs volunteers to share some their skills or gain some experience learning new ones. From carpentry to cleaning, marketing to moral support, computer skills, planning and organizing or just plain common sense, the greatest gift you could ever give is your time. Any amount is good. Some great times, lasting friendships and rewarding experiences await.  Call (828)369-3716 or (828)371-5442.


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