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Peyton Michelle Williams was born on Oct. 12, 2012, to Brandon and Rachael Carpenter Williams. Rachael had been hospitalized for a condition called pre-eclampsia during her pregnancy which made her blood pressure go up very high. Since the doctors could not get her pressure down, they had no choice but to deliver Peyton. She was born at 26 weeks and six days gestation, weighing in at 1 lb., 14 oz., and was 12.5 inches long. The air flow was 5ml and 30 percent oxygen via nasal cannula. Intravenous fluids were given to keep up Peyton’s calories. Her weight dropped to 1 lb. 8 oz. She was in a heated incubator because premature babies are unable to regulate their body temperature. She has been constantly monitored to watch for sleep apnea and heart rate, oxygen saturation and respirations.


Beta Sigma Phi (Zeta Gamma) recently presented CareNet of Macon County with a $2,000 donation and the Macon County Humane Society also received a $1,000 donation from proceeds they raised during the “Macon Treasures” yard sale which was held earlier this fall.

Just in the month of October 2012, CareNet served almost twice the number of families as in 2011 and expects to distribute more than 40,000 pounds of food in November and December to neighbors in need.


Principal Jay Grissom and members of the Smoky Mountain High School student body accepted a check for nearly $8,000 for the Sept. 21 Drive 4UR School event.

Presenting the check are Larry Hinton, General Manager of Andy Shaw Ford and Erica Bullock, Office Manager. The Drive 4UR School event saw nearly 300 test drives of Ford vehicles by members of the community.


WNC Communities announces the winners of the 63rd Annual Honors Awards Program. A luncheon was held at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville on Saturday, Nov. 17, with more than 200 community leaders from 14 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee to recognize and reward exceptional community development programs across the mountains.


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