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Macon County has been chosen to receive $17,741 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide. The board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high need areas around the country.

A local board will determine how the funds awarded to Macon County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.


Floyd H. Chilton, professor of physiology and pharmacology and director of the Center for Botanical Lipids at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, will deliver three talks to the Western Carolina University community on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26.

Chilton is widely recognized for his research on the role of fatty acid metabolism in human diseases and the role that inflammation plays in diseases such as cardiac illness, diabetes and arthritis. Based on his work and the research of others, he is a major proponent of adding fiber to the diet, balancing omega fats and increasing specific families of polyphenols.

A 1980 graduate of WCU’s biology program, Chilton received the WCU Alumni Association’s Academic Achievement Award in 1999.


Angel Medical Center (AMC) honored its volunteers with a luncheon, to recognize the hours that volunteers contribute to the hospital. Volunteers work in every department in the hospital and hospice in same day surgery, outpatient medicine, registration, med/surg unit, lab, radiology, gift shop, home health, hospice, thrift shop, shredders, material management, physical therapy, pharmacy, office work, home crafters (making walker bags, stuffed animals, quilts, baby booties, baby caps, etc.), and working at special events in the hospital such as the Teddy Bear Clinic, scrub sales, book sales, and more.


November is American Diabetes Month. This year’s theme, “A Day in the Life of Diabetes,” is a reminder that quitting smoking is one way a tobacco user with diabetes can live healthier and longer.

In the United States, the annual cost of diagnosed diabetes is a staggering $245 billion, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). This figure includes direct medical costs and loss of productivity.

Smoking not only increases a person’s chance of developing type two diabetes, but makes both types of diabetes harder to control.


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