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Although the last confirmed case of the avian influenza (bird flu) was in June, experts are bracing for the outbreak's impact on Thanksgiving.

With the potential for the disease to move south with birds migrating for winter, it's likely that turkeys on the Thanksgiving table will be impacted.

"Minnesota was the second largest turkey producing state in the country," said Joe Deal, Assistant Extension Agent, Agriculture with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. "The disease impacted 8.9 million birds in that state. Many of those birds were turkeys and would have found their way to the Thanksgiving table this fall. North Carolina was the third largest producer of turkeys in the country. As of now, N.C. probably is number two because of the loss in Minnesota.There will be fewer turkeys available for Thanksgiving dinner this year and probably a higher price tag as a result."


As an essential part of the learning process, students in Southwestern Community College’s therapeutic massage program will open their learning clinic on Oct. 27 at the Jackson Campus.

Clinic appointment times are 3 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays (except Thanksgiving) through Dec. 10. The clinic is located in Room 203 of the Burrell Building.

“We’ve got a tremendous group of students this year,” said Jenny Burgess, one of the program’s instructors. “They’ve been working extremely hard in class preparing for the clinic, and this new phase of the learning process will be vital in helping them reach their goals of becoming licensed professionals.”


Mental illness has been part of my life since I was a child. Four of my six family members were hospitalized with diagnoses ranging from schizophrenia to borderline personality disorder to depression. Where some people saw my family members only as “patients,” to me, they were always known as mom, dad, Gary and Stephanie. We loved each other and, together, worked through life’s rough spots.

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Mental illness affects one in five Americans, but the good news is that these conditions are highly treatable. Most people with a mental illness never consider committing the acts of violence that dominate news headlines. Instead, they often live productive lives as valued community members.


During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others needing blood products. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S., with one in eight developing invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer patients may need blood products during chemotherapy, mastectomy surgery or treatment of complications.

Volunteer blood donors are the only source of blood for patients needing transfusions.


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