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This week was all over the place.


As most of you probably know, I was sick this week so I was unable to do a Wednesday or Thursday newsletter. I am happy to say that I am feeling much better so I am now playing catch up. Despite being under the weather, there was still news to report this week! If you scroll to the bottom of this newsletter, you will find that after the typical weekend events, there are links to a couple of news stories from this week! 


Dogwood Health Trust will hold its first annual meeting, virtually, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28. The Annual Meeting is open to the public and will cover updates about Dogwood’s work over the past year. To learn more, visit 

Lazy Hiker Brewing (Sylva) will host iliveinoblivion Oct. 24, The Dirty Dead Halloween Party Oct. 31 and The Pony Express Nov. 7. All shows begin at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

The annual Swain County “Trick or Treat” event will be held this year as a drive-thru from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the East and West elementary schools. Volunteers are needed and should call 828.508.2795. 

Every Friday in October, 3-to-5-year-olds and their parents are invited to participate in the Knee High Naturalist outdoor education program from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands. The program is free, but attendance is limited to 10 people each session, so registration is required at 828.526.2623.

The Highlands Biological Foundation needs help to create a Ghostly Garden for families to walk through on the self-guided hike through the Highlands Botanical Garden that will celebrate Halloween this year. To participate, pick up a kit and drop off creations to the nature center by Wednesday, Oct. 28. Call 828.526.2623.

Bryson City Wine Market offers a new flight line-up of wines to enjoy from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. The Wine Market also offers market plates for two including a wide array of delectable finger foods. Come by any day for a glass of wine and a Taste of the Market Plate.

Memorial UMC Free Drive Thru Community BBQ Meal To Go will be held on Saturday Oct. 24, 5 to 6:30 p.m.  Just drive up to the church, and they will bring the food to you.   The church is located at 4668 Old Murphy Rd.  by Loafer’s Glory.

Western Carolina University will host Open House on Saturday, Oct. 24, with a new outdoor format to meet safety protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are asked to select an arrival time when they register online. Arrival times start at 8:30 a.m. and repeat every hour until 12:30 p.m. Register at or by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 828.227.7317.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 5-mile hike, on Saturday, Oct. 24, with an elevation change of 600 ft., from Jones Gap on the NC Bartram Trail to a spur trail up White Rock Mtn. for a spectacular view of the Tessentee Valley, the Nantahala Mountains,  and Albert Mt. in the distance on the Appalachian Trail.  Meet at 145 Main St., #1 Nails in Highlands at 9 am, drive 17 miles round trip.  Visitors are welcome to attend. For more information and reservations, call Leader Robin Lurie, (954)632-7270.  

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 6-mile hike on Saturday, Oct. 24, with an elevation change 600 ft., to Camp Branch off Wayah Road, hiking along a logging road for 3 miles with views of Wayah Bald along the way. Meet at Westgate Plaza at 8:30 am, drive18 miles round trip.   Visitors and dogs on leash are welcome to attend. For more information or reservations, call Leader Katharine Brown, (828)421-4178.

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


SON RISE MISISTRIES 462 Depot Street, in Franklin Indoor Yard Sale, Friday, Oct. 23, Saturday, Oct. 24. Many New items.  portion of proceeds benefit missions and remote Churches in Rwanda.

Friday-Saturday. Oct 23-24. 48 Buster Cabe Road, Franklin, NC 843-670-2177

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

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.

Spiritual Light Center on  Sunday, October 25, 11 a.m., Bill Groves will be sharing on “Navigating Through this Time of Deep Feelings.” Every Tuesday, at 3 p.m. Movie Matinee, enjoy a good movie or documentary followed by a lively discussion.  The church is located at 80 Heritage Hollow Dr., behind the Gazebo Restaurant in Heritage Hollow.

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.

First Alliance Church Sunday services in person and on Facebook will be held at 10:30 a.m. Senior Pastor Scott Eichelberger will continue his sermon series from the book of Revelation.  Teen Challenge will provide special music. The church is located at 31 Promise Lane (off Womack next door to Trimont Christian Academy). For more information, call the church office at (828)369-7977.

Prentiss Church of God is discontinuing its 9 a.m. service and will only have one 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.

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.
Free remote learning conference for parents and teachers

Local NC Highway Patrol finds missing person

NC will remain in Phase 3

Sentencing in Jackson County B&E

Macon County Public Health Employee tests positive for COVID19
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