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All divisions of Southwestern Community College’s Health Sciences participated in a disaster drill involving a shooter on campus scenario, which involved the rescue of wounded students and apprehending the shooter on the Jackson Campus, Friday, Oct. 5.

The Disaster Drill is an annual event organized to give Health Sciences students first-hand experience in a mass casualty incident. Health Sciences students work alongside their peers, instructors and local medical professionals to operate a simulated hospital,

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Retired educator Gary M. Shields has been reappointed to the Southwestern Community College Board of Trustees by the Macon County Commissioners and the Jackson County Commissioners. Shields has served on the SCC Board of Trustees since August 2011.

A native of Macon County, Shields served two tours of duty in Vietnam serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

Shields earned his Bachelor’s degree from Gardner- Webb College and a Masters in School Administration from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He also has a Masters in Guidance Counseling from Western Carolina University.

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Retired educator Gary M. Shields has been reappointed to the Southwestern Community College Board of Trustees by the Macon County Commissioners and the Jackson County Commissioners. Shields has served on the SCC Board of Trustees since August 2011.

A native of Macon County, Shields served two tours of duty in Vietnam serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

Shields earned his Bachelor’s degree from Gardner- Webb College and a Masters in School Administration from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He also has a Masters in Guidance Counseling from Western Carolina University.

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Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Awards for 2012 were presented Saturday, Sept. 29, to Rob Tiger, a Hayesville community leader who has led numerous efforts to preserve that town’s historic and cultural heritage, and the Jackson County Genealogical Society, whose members have been working for more than two decades to advance genealogical research in Jackson County and across the region.

The awards were presented by Susan Belcher, wife of WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher, as part of activities at the university’s 38th annual Mountain Heritage Day festival.

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