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Macon County’s Animal Control office held “Operation Meow” as a last attempt to find homes for felines at the shelter last week. The shelter's cat room reached capacity with 25 adult cats and 20 kittens, so shelter staff launched Operation Meow to avoid having to euthanize any animals.

During Operation Meow, Animal Control adopted out 17 adult cats and 16 kittens for a total of 33 successful adoptions. “Our community has been incredible in responding to the needs of these unfortunate pets,” said Sachenka Angel, Public Relations volunteer for Macon County Animal Control. “When we started the campaign we had 25 adult cats and 20 kittens in the shelter.

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On Thursday, June 14, Macon County veterans, community leaders, and citizens gathered at the Junaluskee Masonic Lodge to celebrate Flag Day. Although President Woodrow Wilson first declared June 14 as Flag Day in 1916 nearly a century ago with a proclamation, the holiday often gets overlooked in terms of significance to most Americans.

Flag Day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Flag in 1777. Although it is not a national holiday and banks are still open, and businesses don't close their doors to honor the day, it is still a recognized holiday.

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Online content captures memories of local people.

How might a farmer of yesteryear in the Southern Appalachian Mountains have cured a bovine case of milk fever?

That and much more is captured in a series of oral interviews with the people of Western North Carolina now available online through Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library.

“Stories of Mountain Folk,” the first allsound collection released by Hunter Library, is available at their website. The collection’s interviews cover traditions, events and life stories of regional individuals including gardeners, herbalists, farmers, musicians, artists and writers. The archive is searchable by name, place and topic.

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Shaina Adkins assumed the position on June 4.

New CareNet Executive Director Shaina Adkins began work on June 4 as leader of the organization that serves Macon County residents who are underprivileged or suddenly find themselves in great need because of the trials of life.

“The opportunity to serve others through CareNet is a great privilege and I am humbled to be selected for this role,” said Adkins.

Prior to joining CareNet, Adkins was the American Cancer Society community manager for six eastern North Carolina counties. She was also a very active volunteer with the N.C. Pretty in Pink Foundation that provides financial assistance for breast cancer patients.

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