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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!


Gov. Cooper hopes to lift all restrictions by end of May; mask mandate to stay in place

Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. laid out a timeline for lifting current pandemic restrictions today. With stable trends and continued vaccination success, the state expects to lift mandatory social distancing, capacity, and mass gathering restrictions by June 1. The Governor plans to issue an executive order next week outlining safety restrictions for the month of May.
Events and Activities:


A punt, pass and kick clinic will be held at noon Saturday, April 24, at the Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center in Jackson County. The event is free to everyone, with groups for ages 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14. Offered by Jackson County Parks and Recreation.

The annual fundraising event to support our New Century Scholars (NCS) program is now underway. This year, we've pivoted to a virtual campaign called "Dollars for New Century Scholars." 
There will be a drawing for cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100 on May 7. The winner will be announced on and notified by email. Tickets can be purchased until 11:59 p.m. on May 6.
All proceeds directly support the NCS program. This program is not state-funded; every student  who's graduated from the program did so with the support of generous individuals and organizations in our communities, and we thank you for your support in sustaining NCS for the past quarter century. Over 2,400 students have changed their lives thanks to the New Century Scholars Program! To learn more about NCS, visit this link.

PB Runners Trash Sweep East LaPorte Park Tomorrow at 9 AM–12 PM  Last trash pick up on Caney Fork. We will begin at 9:00 AM and meet at East LaPort in Cullowhee. This pick up will be to collect any new trash that has accumulated in the Caney Fork area. All equipment will be supplied (trash bags, gloves, vests, and grabbers)

Spring Trunk Show @ 
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort April 24th @ 10 AM – 3 PM Celebrate Spring in style with the Spring Trunk Show! Meet us in the River Shops for a celebration of women-owned business featuring a live DJ, My Drink Bomb samples and a 3 pm drawing.

“Dillsboro After Five” will take place from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in downtown Dillsboro

Register for the Fun 4 Kids Day Camp offered by Jackson County Parks and Recreation beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17. The Cullowhee camp is open to children who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade. Cost is $625, or $600 for the second child enrolled, and dates are June 14 through Aug. 6. The Cashiers camp is open to ages 5 through 12, though campers must have completed kindergarten. Cost is $700 and dates are June 1 through July 30. Contact Dora Caldwell with questions at 828.293.3053, ext. 5,

Watershed Association of the Tuckaseegee River, or WATR, will host the Tuckaseegee Watershed Eco-Fest 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 24, at Monteith Farm Park Pavilion in Dillsboro. The event will include an opportunity to get close-up, hands-on experience with stream insects, and to learn more about WATR’s work.

Registration is open through April 30 for a volleyball league starting in Cullowhee this May. Teams are available for girls and boys in the 8-10 and 11-14 age groups. Registration is $50 and available online at Masks must be worn at all times, and knee pads are required. Andrew Sherling, 828.293.3053, ext. 6 or

Western Carolina University will host Western Wednesday at 6 p.m. April 28, for a presentation about the impact of COVID-19 on North Carolina’s economy and its projected road to recovery. Visit to RSVP

A presentation featuring live birds of prey will come to the Jackson County Public Library at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 1, as part of a weeklong celebration of migratory birds. Offered by Balsam Mountain Trust. Space limited, with masks and social distancing required. Register with Nicole Cook at or 828.631.1063

Western Carolina University will host Western Wednesday at 6 p.m. April 28, for a presentation about the impact of COVID-19 on North Carolina’s economy and its projected road to recovery. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the program. Visit to RSVP

Jackson Arts Market- 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. Saturdays in 2021, the Jackson Arts Market is coming to our gardens with beautiful, handcrafted items! Order a breakfast sandwich and a cocktail or beer at our service window, then Sip-N-Shop craftsman showcases, vendors booths with everything from craft jewelry to canned goods and breads, all the while enjoying the sounds of local musical artists! ALL OUTSIDE!! 


The Nanathala Outdoor Center will throw its annual Spring Fling event this year, running from 8 a.m. Saturday, April 24, to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 25. An Upper Cascades release will provide fun for boaters, and kayak demos from a variety of vendors will be available 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. From 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, live music from the Log Noggins Band will be provided. e river. Due to COVID restrictions, private boaters shuttles to the Cascades release will not be available.
The “Uncorked: Wine & Rail Pairing Experience” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on select dates at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City. Full service all-adult first class car. Wine pairings with a meal, and more. For more information and/or to register, call 800.872.4681 or click on


Tour of our Private Farm @ 7984 W Old Murphy Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-8395 Saturday April 24th
Have the chance to see our greenhouse where all the vegetable produce we sell start their life from seed. A walk through the old campground will lead you to the working farm, which comprises over 100 chickens, ducks, and guinea hens, 20+ Icelandic Sheep, and one donkey, as well as our produce garden and our (NEW) mill. Time: 2 options: Morning (10am-12pm) and Afternoon (1pm – 3pm). Tour Costs: Adult $20 Children under the age of 10, $5 Sign up at our website:

4-H Shooting Sports 2021 Season Orientation April 24th 10 am @ Cooperative Extension Conference Room 193 Thomas Heights Rd Franklin Nc 28734 
Find out about club goals of increasing youth marksmanship and safe handling
Meet our coaches
Learn about our upcoming summer and activities
Find out how to get started in this wonderful, challenging sport

Franklin’s Friends of the Greenway will hold FROG Fair, a spring arts and crafts fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the town bridge. Stop by FROG Quarters at 573 E. Main Street between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday to sign up as a vendor or buy 50/50 tickets.//"

Manshack Blood Drive 1509 Highlands Rd, Franklin, NC 28734-3502, United States
Tomorrow at 9 AM EDT – 1 PM EDT We are cohosting a second blood drive to help support our local hospitals and community through blood donations. Come out Saturday April 24th between 9am and 1pm to donate. We will have snacks, drinks, state farm gear, local giftcards and more. There will also be free COVID-19 Antibody screening for every donation. If you would like more information please reach out to our office. If you would like to sign up to donate please do so through the sign up link provided, you may also contact the office and we can get you signed up. We hope to see you there!

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER RAIN DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON: Safe Kids Macon County is gearing up for the annual Safety Town Event scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building. Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol will be at the event for picture opportunities

Macon County NC Works Career Center will host a job fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 23, at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building in Franklin. Bring a resume and dress for success. For more information, call the career center at 828.369.9534

Southern Gospel act The Booth Brothers will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the Smoky Mountain Center of the Performing Arts in Franklin. Admission is $25 per person. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact the theatre box office at 828.524.1598

New Girl Scout Troop Forming in Franklin Now Recruiting for Daisies ages 5 and 6, Brownies ages 7 and 8, Juniors ages 9 and 10. For more information, call (828)371-2823 or email
Applications are currently being Taken for the Macon County School’s PreK Program for the 2021-2022 school year.   Applications may be picked up at the Macon County School’s Central Office or at one of the 3 PreK school site locations.  A child is eligible for NC PreK funding if they turn four on or before August 31 of the program year (2021), but is not yet five years of age and the family meets income guidelines. Private pay spots may also be available for 3 year olds. Deadline to turn in completed application will be April 30, 2021. For more information, call Valerie Norton  at 828-524-3314 ext. 1041

Local Pubs in the area:
 Unplugged Pub (Bryson City) will host Mile High Band April 24. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. 

Paper Mill Lounge Will Host Sugah & Thuh Cubes April 24 @ 8 PM – 11 PM 
Outlaw Country, Rock, and Island with music from Buffett, Eagles, and more.... Good music, good food, and good beer

Currahee Brewing will host Crossfire in Franklin April 24th at 7 Pm
Come out & enjoy great music, brews & bites from Lil' Sting Rays food truck

Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host Carey Deal April 24. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information and a complete schedule of events, click on

 Lazy Hiker Brewing (Sylva) will host Kid Billy (Billy Litz from Hustle Souls) April 23. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information and a complete schedule of events, click on

Nantahala Brewing (Sylva)  will host Marshall Ballew April 23 and Pony Express April 24. All shows begin at 8 p.m. 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.

A special wine pairing dinner featuring Opolo Vineyards will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Cost is $65 all-inclusive. To RSVP, call 828.452.6000. For more information and to see the menu for the evening, click on

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

Hiking in the Area:

The Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 4 to 6 miles hike on Friday, April 23. Dogs are welcome.  The club will meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 10 a.m. Call leader Katharine Brown, 421-4178, for reservations

 The inaugural Running of the Goats 5K and Nature Walk will take place at the WNC Nature Center in Asheville on Sunday, April 25. Registration is limited and rolling starts with waves between 7:30 and 9 a.m. will allow for distancing. Proceeds will benefit Friends of the WNC Nature Center and support programs throughout the park. Register at

Holly Springs Baptist Church, 2nd Mile Ministry is open 10 to Noon Mondays providing a food pantry, children's clothes and financial aid (rent and utilities) for families and seniors in need. 

Friends of the Greenway  FROG Quarters is now open Wednesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to  2 p.m.,  at 573 E. Main in Franklin. Stop by for coffee or a soft drink and a snack, use our free internet.  You can also reserve the shelters for your events there.

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

Maples Park Friday & Saturday, April 23 & 24, 8am until ??? Off Lake Emory in Franklin. Super Deals for All! Rain or Shine.

SATURDAY, APRIL 24 9-4 9 Woodland Hills Dr. Apt 3 in Franklin and Saturday, May 8, 9 to 4.

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All Saints Episcopal Church - You may join us for worship online at any time through our YouTube page. Simply go to and search for "All Saints Franklin." Our in-person worship schedule may change from time to time due to the COVID-19 epidemic. To learn more about attending in-person worship, please contact us directly at or 828-524-4910.

Franklin First United Methodist Church is on Facebook at Franklin First United Methodist Church either live at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays or later on recorded video while they are social distancing due to COVID19.  The church is located at 66 Harrison Avenue in downtown Franklin; senior pastor is Rev. David Beam. for more information, call (828)524-3010 or visit

Grace Baptist Church services are held on Sunday,  11 a.m.  Frank Rodriguez will deliver the message. All are welcome to attend. The church is located at 130 Setser Branch Rd

Celebrate Recovery at Discover Church every Monday night at 6 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.  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.

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.  

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.

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.
Everything Bagel- 
Now hiring all positions pizza maker servers and cooks

Ferrara Pizza and Pasta Sylva- 
Please apply in person any day during business hours
We are looking for both FOH and BOH employees! Part time hours are available immediately (10am-3pm) with opportunity for more hours in summer months. Weekend and summer availability is REQUIRED!

County Road Farms Nursery-
Seeking Full Time GreenHouse Assistant 
Responsibilities include, but not limited to Customer Service, Plant Care & Maintenance, Ground Maintenance, Some Lifting, and Loading. Apply in person and for more information call 828-586-5515

Macon County Public Library 

The Macon County Public Library is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic candidate to fill the part-time position of Library Assistant I/Courier driver. Macon County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library, a public library system with six member libraries providing service in Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. The ideal candidate for the Library Assistant I will be a team player who can provide library services to meet the needs of the public. If you thrive in a rapidly changing environment while maintaining a friendly and helpful attitude, this may be the job for you.
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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