Visitors came from all over to browse through the dozens of tables and booths to view not only cut stones, unique jewelry and finished pieces but they were also able to see uncut gems in the rough.
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At the beginning of the 2012-13 school year, the Macon County Schools System was operating with 712 employees. From teachers to teacher assistants to media coordinators, to bus drivers, to central office staff, Macon County Schools was operating with the highest number of employees it has seen in recent years.
Just two years later, the employment level throughout the district is down by 58 employees, to the lowest level in recent memory, according to board members during Monday night’s monthly meeting, and with continued uncertainties surrounding state funding for public education, the coming year will likely see little improvement.
Lt. William Addington, patriot in the War for Independence, was memorialized in a “Rededication Ceremony and SAR Patriot Marking” at the First Methodist Church Cemetery last Saturday morning. The ceremony was performed by the Silas McDowell Chapter, North Carolina Society, Sons of the American Revolution National Society, Sons of the American Revolution.
Tom Long, president of the Silas McDowell Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution, presided over the hour-long ceremony, opening with the presentation of colors by a combined color guard involving the Franklin Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Sons of the American Revolution.
Growing up in a military family is never easy. Often times it involves a lot of moving around, being away from a parent for long periods of time, and living a lifestyle that a lot of people don’t understand. The one thing that can make all of that even harder, is when you lose someone you love as a casualty of war.
To help children who lose loved ones in combat, Major Kent Solheim, a special operations service member who lost his right leg when he was seriously wounded in combat in Iraq in 2007, created the Gold Star Teen Adventures summer program.
Realizing that if he would have not survived his accident in 2007 he would have still wanted his two children to know the brotherhood of the special operations community, Solheim created Gold Star Teen Adventures.
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.