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Hunger kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined – about one in every nine people in the world. While the majority of the world's hungry people live in developing countries, for 2013, FeedingAmerica.org reported that 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 33.3 million adults and 15.8 million children.

While the national average for households in the United States classified as being food insecure sits at 14.6 percent, at 17.3 percent, North Carolina has the fifth highest food insecurity rate in the nation.

Locally, CareNet works year after year to build resources and access to tools to help fight hunger in Macon County.

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March designated Multiple Sclerosis Month.

March has served as National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month since 2003.

The local Love is in the Air 5K run to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research raised a rather healthy $7,000 to contribute to the efforts to eradicate this medical enigma. However, the more important story that arose that day was found in the lives of some of the remarkable people who are fighting their own personal battles with this debilitating disease.

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system, the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. The myelin sheath which surrounds and insulates the nerve fibers is eroded, which, in turn, breaks down the ability of the nerve cells to transmit signals. MS afflicts more than 400,000 people in the United States. Some of the common early symptoms include extreme fatigue, dizziness, vertigo, blurred vision, tingling or numbness, especially in the hands and feet.

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With the advent of spring just a few weeks away, Macon County and the surrounding areas experienced a significant snowfall last Thursday with totals ranging from 3 to 8 inches over the region.

Macon County News staff couldn’t resist snapping a few photos of what hopefully could be the last white stuff of the season.

Photos by Vickie Carpenter, Shana Bilbrey and Harry Taylor

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Each year, about 150,000 accidental drug overdoses occur in teens in the United States, according to teendrugaddiction. com. One local organization continues to work to make sure youth in Macon County are educated about the risks involved in drug use.

Gilliam's Hope is the Franklin Branch of Gilliam's Promise, a drugfree coalition, that was started in Highlands nearly five years ago after Bill and Eleanor Cheney's grandson Gilliam took his own life while battling drug addiction.

Gilliam's Hope allows students to earn money toward a college education. Students participating in Gilliam's Hope are afforded the opportunity to earn $1,000 per year to be placed in an escrow account to be used for college or vocational training expenses upon graduation.

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