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Deborah Aiton will serve as instructor for SCC’s “Shifting Gears to Your Life & Work After Retirement” seminar, which starts April 9 at the Jackson Campus.Starting April 9, Southwestern Community College is offering a hands-on workshop to help retirees develop a roadmap for the new chapter in their lives.

Entitled “Shifting Gears To Your Life & Work After Retirement,” the seminar will provide tips for re-inventing post-retirement life and creating a new experience of work, play, travel and leisure. Deborah Aiton, who spent 40 years as a registered nurse, will be the instructor.

“For some, retirement means ongoing work, but not necessarily the same work that was ‘the career,’” Aiton said. “For others, more free time opens up the possibility of ‘new work.’ taking classes, volunteering, and/or caring for aging loved ones. This class will challenge the participants to consider what possibilities the future will hold for them.”

The class, which costs $65, meets from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursdays through April 23 at the Jackson Campus.

To register for the class, visit www.southwesterncc.edu (choose “Class Schedule” from upper menu then select “Personal Enrichment”), call 339.4497 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Each year, organizations across North Carolina team up with Safe Kids and the Department of Justice for drug takeback events to properly dispose of unused and unwanted medication.

Locally, the Macon County Sheriff's Department, along with both the Franklin and Highlands Police Departments work together throughout the year for Operation Pill Crusher. Through events that coincide with the state's Operation Medicine Drop, as well as each law enforcement agency having permanent medication drop boxes, Macon County officials work year round to keep unwanted medicines off the streets.

Last Saturday, the Macon County Sheriff's Department collected 18,286 pills during its annual spring drug take-back event. Since October 2014, through similar events as well as their permanent drop box, the sheriff's department has collected 90,462 pills.

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Harry Taylor continues his Vietnam veteran series.

Nathan B. “Nat” Henry has a bridge named for him on Highway 441 heading toward downtown Franklin. How do you happen to have a bridge named for you? Actually, it is quite simple. As a young man, Nat Henry was drafted by the United States Army, and went off to war in Vietnam. During the course of his tour, he managed to amass two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and a pot-load of other medals and citations. He also survived almost six years as a Prisoner of War of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA). It sounds like more than enough reasons for him to have a bridge with his name on it.

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Franklin Police Department Officers met with citizens on Tuesday morning for the second "Coffee with a Cop." The community relations initiative gives citizens the opportunity to sit down and talk with officers about concerns in the community.

Dave Linn, who works with local non-profits to put on fundraising events in Franklin, took advantage of Coffee with a Cop Tuesday morning to get some insight into the upcoming Braveheart 5K/Rob Roy Fun Run.

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