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A resume can play a big role in getting a job. If you are currently unemployed and are actively seeking to enter the job market again, a one-hour resume writing workshop is being offered at the Macon County Public Library on Wednesday, March 18, at 1 p.m. This class was originally scheduled in February but had to be rescheduled because of bad weather.

As part of a partnership between the library and Southwestern Community College’s (SCC) Educational Opportunities Department, SCC Employability instructor Robert Cooper will offer a class at the library for any job seeker who would like to know how to create or polish a resume or how to write a cover letter to submit with a job application. Computer skills are not required for this one-hour class, which will be held in the library’s Computer Lab.

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The Evergreen Foundation will be hosting information sessions in each of the seven western counties for organizations interested in submitting a grant proposal. The Foundation will be accepting 2015 grant proposals through May 31 at 5 p.m.

The Evergreen Foundation’s focus is on improving the lives of individuals who have behavioral health, intellectual/ developmental disabilities, or substance abuse issues in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. Grant priorities include proposals focusing on infrastructure of the private provider network; start up and service provision; scholarships to enhance the quality of the provider network; public awareness/education; and advocacy on behalf of consumers and the provider network. Prevention priorities for 2015 include suicide prevention and prescription drug over-dose prevention.

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Since birth, 23 year-old Erika Brooks has been destined for greatness. From proving her strength while fighting for her life at just a few days old, to showcasing her contagious kindness while being named Smoky Mountain High School's Homecoming Queen, everything Erika has done in her life has been exceptional, or as she would put it, "amazing," just like her. "I am amazing," Erika so often proclaims and rightfully so.

Erika only further solidified her already earned title of "amazing" when she recently beat out dozens of contestants to be crowned Junior Miss Amazing North Carolina.

Erika's mother, Pauletta Clark spoke of how the family prepared for Erika's stage debut.

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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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