61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Looking for a new career that allows you to have fun and interact with a variety of people? Southwestern Community College has the perfect training opportunity for you.

Starting on Jan. 28, SCC will offer an evening course in Bartending. The class helps students become professional bartenders by teaching Alcoholic Beverage Control requirements, drink recipes, information on Training for Intervention Procedures certification and more.

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Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education is offering a series of three workshops in Asheville to help business owners and employees learn to communicate more professionally and effectively through their writing.

Each session will be held on a Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at WCU’s instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square. Instructors will be WCU Department of English faculty members Diane Martinez and Drew Virtue.

The cost is $79 for each session or $220 for all three, and lunch is included. Participants completing all three workshops will earn a non-credit certificate in business communications.

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The North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors has honored Angel Medical Center in Franklin with the 2014 Public Health Partners Award for their efforts to improve public health. The awards were given at the NCALHD annual meeting awards luncheon in Raleigh.

The 2014 Public Health Partners Award was created to recognize organizations, businesses and professional associations that have made significant contributions to the advancement and promotion of public health in North Carolina. AMC was selected for its commitment to reducing the burden of cancer in Macon County. AMC was recognized for its partnership with the Macon County Health Department and several corporate sponsors in creating “Ladies Night Out,” a program aimed at helping women as they face breast cancer.

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Reverse mortgages have become increasingly popular in recent years, as cash-strapped seniors seek ways to keep pace with rising expenses – not to mention cope with the pummeling their retirement savings took during the Great Recession.

But the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) noticed that borrowers increasingly have been opting to withdraw most or all of their home equity at closing, leaving little or nothing for future needs. Consequently, by mid-2012 nearly 10 percent of reverse mortgage holders were in default and at risk of foreclosure because they couldn't pay their taxes and insurance.

That's why Congress authorized HUD to tighten FHA reverse mortgage requirements in order to: encourage homeowners to tap their equity more slowly; better ensure that borrowers can afford their loan's fees and other financial obligations; and strengthen the mortgage insurance fund from which loans are drawn.

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