Payton Nicholson offers a perch to a butterfly as it prepares to take flight at Angel Medical Center’s annual Butterfly Release held Thursday, Aug. 14.
The event is held each year in honor of hospice caregivers and in memory of hospice patients.
Community members who attended were given packets that held the butterflies and were invited to release them.
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No charges have been filed; search warrant issued
Autopsy results released by the Macon County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday showed that the cause of death for the body found in the Middle Burningtown home on Saturday, Aug. 2, was strangulation. The body of Day Williamson, 71, was found in the upstairs back bedroom following a fire that destroyed the home. Although the body was recovered after the fire was put out, the findings of strangulation as a cause of death means that Williamson was deceased before the fire.
Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland said that Charles Andrew Cochran, the inmate that escaped earlier this month remains a prime suspect.
Two charter buses rolled up town hill last Thursday, carrying county commissioners from across the state. As part of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Annual Conference being held in Asheville, commissioners from all across the Old North State ventured to Macon County, many of which did so for the very first time.
The NCACC's newest president, Macon County Commissioner Ronnie Beale spearheaded the event.
“The visit to Macon County by dozens of county commissioners, along with their families, was important for several reasons,” said Beale.
Young kayakers from all over the country gathered at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) on Aug. 9-10 to compete at the Whitewater Junior Olympics. The event was billed as the biggest event of 2014 for the NOC.
The NOC is the largest whitewater rafting outfitter in the world and on average takes about 150,000 guests on guided outdoor excursions annually and according to National Geographic is “one of the best outfitters on earth.” There are five NOC locations, but the Wesser Campus where the junior event was held is the only one that is open year-round for kayaking, mountain biking and hiking excursions. An estimated 750,000 visitors come to the location each year.
Citizens in Macon County officially have a new location to seek treatment when needing dental services. The Macon County Public Health Department has expanded the dental clinic options as the grand opening for the new adult dental facility was held last Thursday. More than 100 visitors stopped in to tour the new facility and about 70 participated in free health screenings. The clinic provides services for patients 18 and older.
The facility actually opened a few days prior to the ceremony. The new clinic, located at 108 Macon Center Drive, is a 2,000 square foot facility, more than twice as large as the last clinic.
“The facility was expanded from 800 square feet to 2,000 square feet,” said Jimmy Villiard, Personal Health Section Administrator at Macon County Public Health. “In addition, we were able to expand from three dental chairs to four. Panorex x-ray capability was also added. The Panorex allows for full-mouth x-rays.”
Dr. Villiard is responsible for managing the dental services for the health department. He was also the project coordinator for the construction of the new clinic.
In addition to the extra space and upgraded equipment, the clinic's expansion will allow the health department to begin offering dentures for adult clients. The clinic also offers comprehensive dental care and can serve as a patient’s primary dental provider. Dr. Bruno Kaldre and his staff offer a full spectrum of preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency care.
“Access to dental care has been a consistent need identified in Macon County’s Community Health Assessment,” said Villiard. “This clinic is open to all residents of Macon County. Because fees are assessed on a sliding scale, based on the income of the client, the services are accessible to almost everyone in the community, regardless of income. In addition, the clinic is one of the few in Macon County that accepts Medicaid reimbursement for dental care. Oral health is an important component of overall wellness. Most significantly, poor oral health can lead to cardiovascular medical complications.”
While the dental clinic's upgrade was approved and supported by county commissioners, Macon County Public Health was able to use Medicaid reimbursement monies to cover the project costs, so no local funding was allocated to the project. According to Villiard, the project came in on budget.