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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on April 10, 2005 2:00 AM

Old Waynesborough plans projects

The Old Waynesborough Commission plans to start a million-dollar capital fund-raising campaign this spring. The campaign is the first of its kind in the 25-year history of Waynesborough Historical Village.

A new brochure, titled "Preserve Our Heritage," was released to the public last week. "It's a door-opener and an eye-opener," said membership chairman Preston Garris.

The brochure outlines 19 planned repairs, renovations, and acquisitions for Waynesborough. Among the major projects are hiring an executive director, restoration of the Best farmhouse, and acquisition of the Nelson Buggy Factory.

In addition, Waynesborough will be seeking money for the Mountains-to-Sea trail and the Civil War Corridor project. The Mountains-to-Sea is over 900 miles long, consisting of footpaths, roads, and state bike routes. In the future, the trail will lead visitors through Waynesborough park.

The campaign will kick-off with a reception on May 1.

Autism group

wins state award

The Wayne County Chapter of the Autism Society was named the 2004 Chapter of the Year at the annual conference of the Autism Society of North Carolina.

The Autism Society's 27th annual conference was held last week in Raleigh.

The Wayne County Chapter was recognized for its "outstanding promotion of autism awareness, for offering their support to families and for their service within the community."

The chapter was re-established in March 2004.

"We are proud of the Wayne County chapter's hard work and dedication," Autism Society of North Carolina Executive Director Jill Hinton Keel said. "They have worked together to positively influence the lives of their community members affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder."

Cathy Scher and Amy Clark, chapter cochairmen, accepted the award on behalf of the organization.