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Set to kick off campus-wide effort

CULLOWHEE – The 28-year-old co-founder and CEO of a global organization committed to eradicating extreme poverty will visit Western Carolina University on Wednesday, Sept. 7, to inform campus and surrounding community members about the issues and inspire them to take action.

Hugh Evans of the Global Poverty Project will present an interactive multimedia presentation called “1.4 Billion Reasons” at 7 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The presentations, which kick off a yearlong, poverty-focused interdisciplinary learning and service initiative at WCU, is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to arrive 20 minutes before the presentation.



On Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m., Thursdays at the Library presents Cherokee Health with Dr. Lisa Lefler.

For the Cherokee, health is more than the absence of disease; it includes a fully confident sense of a smooth life, peaceful existence, unhurried pace, and easy flow of time. The natural state of the world is to be neutral, balanced, with a similarly gently flowing pattern.

States of imbalance, tension, or agitation are indicative of physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual illness and whether caused intentionally through omission or commission, or by outside actions or influences, the result affects and endangers the collective Cherokee.


The American Red Cross and Delta Air Lines are partnering during the month of September for the “Race Your Way to a Weekend Getaway” promotion. All presenting volunteer donors in the month of September will be entered into a regional drawing for a pair of domestic roundtrip tickets courtesy of Delta Air Lines and a $500 gift card.

“Delta is one of our most avid corporate supporters, and we appreciate the token of appreciation they have extended to our donors,” stated Joyce Brendel, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. “While we know our donors give because they want to help someone in need, it’s always a pleasure to provide such a great incentive to those who give so selflessly of their time and resources.”


The first order of business at the Aug. 23 Macon County Board of Health meeting was to recognize two individuals for outstanding achievements. Health Director Jim Bruckner recognized Missy Boston and Melissa Leatherman for their efforts in improving the health department’s quality of care.

Boston accepted a certificate from the North Carolina Immunization Branch on behalf of the entire department for ensuring that more than 90 percent of Macon County children have received age-appropriate immunization by the age of two.


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