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“I looked up from my desk one day,” says Jill Montana, executive director of the International Friendship Center. “He was one of five men standing around in the hall outside my office. Of the assorted ages of the group, he appeared to be the oldest. All of them were clad in ragged clothes, and they all wore dusty, hard-worn, work boots. In soft spoken Spanish he told me he needed to make a copy of a piece of paper.

“I invited the men to come in and said of course I would be glad to make a copy. He approached my desk and showed me the document. It was a thin, wrinkled, yellowed birth certificate. He told me this was the only form of ID he possessed in the world.


Many people throughout Western North Carolina are not sure where their next meal will come from, or if they will even have one, according to a recent study performed by national hunger relief organization Feeding America. In fact, the report states that food insecurity and hunger are faced by one in six people throughout the region.

With hunger manifesting in WNC during the national economic downturn, Western Carolina University, along with MANNA FoodBank, hosted a public policy forum on Monday, where more than 40 WNC hunger-relief workers and community organizers filled the A.K. Hinds University Center to discuss the issue.


Ducks on the Tuck is truly a team effort and Shay Gentry used this theme in her winning Tshirt design for this year’s annual New Century Scholars fundraiser.

Gentry, a graduate of the New Century Scholars program, depicts three enthusiastic ducks with their thumbs up as they race together in a lifeboat down the Tuckaseigee River. She said the three ducks represent the partnership among Southwestern Community College, Western Carolina University and the public schools.

This year’s Ducks on the Tuck race is slated for 3 p.m. May 1.



The Macon County Public Heath in celebration of Public Health Month held a Community Appreciation Day on Tuesday at the Macon County Human Services Building.

There were displays, free health screenings and demonstrations.

The Macon County Sheriff’s Department and the its dogs were on hand to demonstrate the dogs in action.


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