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Casey Queen, co-owner of The Queen’s Junque, and John Miele, co-owner of The Golden Carp, recently presented a $555 donation for CARE, a humanitarian organization fighting poverty in more than 70 countries, to Susan Belcher, wife of Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher, and Jennifer Cooper, interim director Center for Service Learning and co-chair of the WCU Poverty Project.

The donation, which was made in support of the WCU Poverty Project, represented a percentage of sales in the town during the Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries celebration’s WCU Night on Dec. 2.

Forty local elementary school students and their families attended Jackson Paper Manufacturing Company’s annual Christmas for Kids party on Dec. 10.

The event, held this year at the Community Service Building, was organized by Jackson Paper employees and coordinated in association with staff at Jackson County elementary schools who selected students to attend. Joining the invited guests at the party were the children of Jackson Paper employees.

Party-goers enjoyed three hours of games and crafts, lunch and a visit with Santa Claus. Each child received a toy or game, a stuffed animal and other prizes.


At the upcoming Dec. 27 Ladies Night Out Program, (LNO) the topic will be Food Safety. Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation and storage of food in ways that prevent food borne illness. This includes a number of routines that should be followed to avoid potentially severe health hazards. Guest speaker will be Kristen Brant, MS, RD, LDN, Clinical Dietician for Angel Medical Center.

LNO will continue to offer free mammograms to women who qualify for the BCCCP program and have scheduled appointments. For more information, contact Dawn Wilde, Community Health Promotion Supervisor at Macon County Public Health at (828)349-2426.


Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education is now offering online programs that allow individuals to earn certificates in nutrition, fitness and health.

The result of a collaboration involving WCU, Educational Fitness Solutions Inc. and others, the programs make it possible for students to earn certification in a period ranging from three months to two years, depending on the program. Fitness professionals from all fields are encouraged to enroll, as well as individuals seeking a new career as a health or fitness professional.


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