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As winter begins to set in and temperatures dip below freezing, many residents of Macon County are trying to find ways to keep their homes warm. Whether it be by burning wood or oil, flipping a switch or throwing on some extra blankets—there are many ways to stay ahead of the cold.

With residential heating oil sitting at a state average of $3.37 per gallon some families may feel a crunch on their bank accounts. In the event of that, according to Shaina Adkins, executive director of Macon County Care Network there are avenues to take if one were to find themselves in need of assistance during these winter months.

Currently families can apply for the Emergency Heat Assistance programs (CIP/LIHEAP) at Macon County Department of Social Services (DSS). Aside from that, CareNet is taking referrals from DSS, with limited funds available through the Duke Energy Grant money they have obtained to further aid those that apply for assistance with their disconnect notices at DSS but cannot receive the total amount necessary to avoid disconnection.


After more than a ten-year absence, midwifery returns to Angel Medical Center. Mission Women’s Care has locations in Franklin, Bryson City and Sylva that will be delivering babies at Angel Medical Center, as well as providing other healthcare services for women of all ages. All three offices are now open. Four practitioners – Dr. Elizabeth England and certified nurse midwives Judith Layton, Anne Karner and Cynthia Noland – have been added to the team of compassionate healthcare providers.

“Midwifery care focuses on birth as a normal, healthy process. Midwifery care reduces interventions women experience during prenatal care and the labor process thus decreasing cesarean section rates,” said Judith A. Layton, CNM, MSN. Midwifery is much more than just delivering babies.


The American Cancer Society has scheduled the Great American Smokeout (GASO) for Nov. 20, 2014, to encourage smokers to quit for a day in the hope they may quit for good.

Pharmacotherapies, behavioral therapies, and counseling—including telephone counseling— can help patients quit and increase their chances of not relapsing.

Dawn Wilde Burgess, community health promotion supervisor at Macon County Public Health urges people that are ready to stop smoking to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or register online at To qualify to receive eight weeks of free nicotine patches you must: call or register online on Nov. 20, 2014; be 18 years or older; call from an N.C. phone number; and, commit to a quit date. For service in Spanish, call 1-855-DEJELO-YA or 1-855-335-3569.



Macon County Public Health has a mission for reaching people with diabetes. In recognition of November as National Diabetes Awareness Month, MCPH is announcing a “Diabetes Expo” to be held at Macon County Public Health on Monday, Nov. 24, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Diabetes Expo will offer: information on how to get control of blood glucose, recipes, live fitness demos, local resources for medical and financial support, tips for success, and a chance to speak with registered dietitians.

Free fasting glucose checks will be available while supplies last. If you are concerned about your risk for diabetes or whether you are maintaining control, you are invited to participate in this risk screening opportunity.

For more information about the Diabetes Expo or the Diabetes Self-Management Program, contact Jessi Bassett, RD, at (828)349-2086.

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