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The volunteer kickoff effort at the Haywood Pathways Center on Sept. 25, 2014, was a glorious day in Haywood County.

It is estimated more than 1,000 volunteers were on hand at the former Hazelwood prison site to remove fencing, paint Continue reading

t600-DSC_0108The Open Door Ministry in Waynesville was almost unrecognizable Thursday morning as it overflowed with hungry Haywood County residents having breakfast with television star Ty Pennington.

Pennington made a visit to Waynesville after Haywood County’s vision project, the Haywood Pathways Continue reading

t600-DSC_0657Hundreds of volunteers showed up Thursday to take part in a community-wide effort to tear down the fences of the old Hazelwood prison.

After renovations are complete, the prison will become transitional housing and a community kitchen.

Ty Pennington, spokesperson Continue reading

t600-Ty penningtonThe rain stayed away Thursday morning as volunteers gathered to begin the process of flipping the old Hazelwood prison and turning into an invaluable community resource.

“We’re going to tear down the fences, and we’re going to create a project Continue reading

Ty PenningtonThe regional, if not the national, spotlight will be on Haywood County Thursday as the Haywood Pathways Center will be a focal point for many.

The project to turn a former prison into a halfway house, soup kitchen and emergency Continue reading

A group from various churches across the county congregated at the former Hazelwood Prison Wednesday to pray for the project’s success.t600-DSC_0474

A team from the Guaranteed Rate marketing team arrived Wednesday morning to check on last minute details for the Continue reading

Hazelwood Prison Transformation - Haywood Pathways Center

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STAFF WRITER It’s going to be an eventful next few days in Waynesville. Haywood Pathways Center is in the final stretch of planning a three-day blitz Continue reading

At T-minus three days until the scheduled opening day for Haywood Pathways Center, Nick Honerkamp still wasn’t sure how to answer the big question: will the shelter open? “That is the question of the week,” Continue reading

Faith-based groups forge bold plan for abandoned prison dorms

hwpReforming lives on a wing and a prayer

A proposal to convert a closed-down state prison into a halfway house and homeless shelter in Haywood County is gaining steam. The old prison was given to Continue reading

hwpSold! How the old state prison was unloaded for just $1 At first blush, the shuttered state prison in Waynesville looks more like a military barracks or summer camp bunkhouse than a prison — except perhaps for the concertina wire around the perimeter and guardhouse at the entrance. But for Continue reading