THE JACKSON COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY will meet at the Sylva headquarters at 91 West Main St. across the street from the discount bread store at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday). Doug Farmer, GOP candidate for sheriff, and other candidates will speak. For details, call Ralph Slaughter at 743-6491.

A BENEFIT FOR STEVE MATHIS will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Lovedale Baptist Church. Several local groups and church choirs are planning to participate, and a love offering will be taken.

DECORATION AT THE HENRY-COGDILL CEMETERY will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday. For information, call Doyle Cogdill at 507-6970.

THE LOWER COWARD CEMETERY DECORATION will be held from 9 a.m. until noon Sunday. A committee meeting will be held at 3 p.m., at 550 Johns Creek Road located just past Nicholson Cove Road. Those who cannot attend who would like to make a donation for cemetery upkeep may send donations to Brenda Dillard, P.O. Box 313 Webster NC 28788. For more information call Brenda Dillard at 508-4364.

DEBORAH GOLD AND WENDY WELCH will be visiting City Lights Bookstore at 3 p.m. Saturday to present an event on foster care and the lives of children affected by the opioid epidemic in Appalachia. To learn more call City Lights at 586-9499.

AREA RESIDENTS ARE ASKED to come out and help clean up and do repair work at the Barkers Creek Community Building located at 4065 US 74 W. beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Many people in the community use the building for family gatherings. Help is needed with the maintenance of the building. Call 269-9533 to learn more.

THE DILLSBORO HUDDLE HOUSE has been awarded “Best of the Best” out of 351 Huddle House restaurants competing nationwide. The award is for overall excellence in several categories. Area Manager Dee Winters credits her team and the restaurant owners, Todd and David Blevins. “They made sure we had everything we needed to accomplish our goal of winning this award,” she said.

DISABILITY PARTNERS is the recipient of a Janirve Sun Grant funded through the Janirve Legacy Fund and The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The Community Foundation of WNC is a nonprofit serving 18 counties, including Jackson. Funds will go toward needed repairs at the organization’s Sylva office, where services are provided to people with all disabilities from Jackson, Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Macon and Swain counties. For more information, visit www.cfwnc.org.

THE COMMUNITY TABLE’S BLUE PLATE SPECIAL for Wednesday, Aug. 29, features Community Table homemade tomato pie or Community Table sponsor Bogart’s grilled chicken breast, rice pilaf, house salad and blueberry cake. The Blue Plate Special is always the last Wednesday of the month, January through October, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is a minimum $7 donation. Dine-in or carry-out meals are available. Carry-out orders can be called in as early as Monday at 586-6782. The Community Table is located on Central Street next to the Sylva Pool. Additional parking is available at Bridge Park.

THE DESCENDANTS OF THE WILLIAM RALEIGH AND JOSEPHINE LEOPARD MOODY family will gather Sunday at the Glenville Community Center. Raul and Josephine had 14 children, 11 of whom survived to adulthood, and it’s hoped that again each of the 11 families will be represented. Bring a covered dish. The gathering will last until the food runs out or the stories end. Bring pictures and stories to share.