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

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CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University’s Public Policy Institute and MANNA Foodbank will sponsor a forum on the topic of food security Monday, April 25, in A.K. Hinds University Center on the WCU campus.

“North Carolina has one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the country, and the Asheville metro area ranked seventh in the country for food hardship among all metro areas in 2010,” said Chris Cooper, director of the PPI. “Food insecurity and hunger impose an enormous burden on this state and this region.”

The forum is designed to foster effective public policy responses and alternatives to important political, administrative and social problems created by food insecurity in WNC, Cooper said.

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Statewide Disaster Relief Fund to support storm, tornado victims

The North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) has activated its statewide Disaster Relief Fund to support relief efforts related to the April 16 tornadoes and storms that created devastation in more than 20 counties in the central and eastern regions of the state, according to an announcement by Grants Board Chair Rodney E. Martin.

Credit card donations can be made online through the NCCF website via the “Give Now” button or under the “Giving” tab at nccommunityfoundation. org or by downloading a contribution form from the site and mailing or faxing it to NCCF offices. (The fax number is (919)828-5495. The form or checks can be mailed to NCCF at 4601 Six Forks Road, Suite 524, Raleigh, NC 27609). Designate your tax deductible gift for “Disaster Relief.”

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina is raffling off a log cabin perched on the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Bryson City to a lucky future owner. Proceeds from the raffle tickets, priced at $100 each, will enable the organization to further match children and teenagers with caring and consistent adult mentors building long-lasting friendships.

“We are excited about this opportunity,” said BBBS Executive Director Robin Myer, “It’s a wonderful cabin and to think you could own it for $100 is astounding.”

“At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we recognize the importance of having someone to look up to,” continued Myer. “We see it in improvements in grades at school, a stronger sense of direction and self-worth, and ultimately, a young adult who wants to contribute to society.”

The custom-built cabin is 2,000 square feet with a 1,400 square foot wrap-around porch complete with hot tub. The home features an upper loft with two queen-size beds and a separate master bedroom, tiled bathrooms, a full kitchen with appliances, and downstairs game room with a pool table. Perfect for a family vacation home, the raffle prize includes furnishings as well as the cabin itself.

To view the cabin and to purchase a raffle ticket, visit www.logcabinraffle.org or contact the Big Brothers Big Sisters offices at (828)253-1470. Tickets are on sale April 1 – June 24 and the drawing for the cabin will take place July 4, 2011.

Thousands of North Carolina students are preparing for prom season and spring break.

In a statewide effort to promote teenage safe driving, the Highway Patrol conducted “Operation Drive to Live” to reduce collisions involving teenage drivers this week.

Traffic collisions are the leading cause of teenage deaths in North Carolina and the nation.

 

 

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