25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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The American Red Cross and Delta Air Lines are partnering during the months of January, February and March for the “Runway Getaway” promotion. All presenting volunteer donors in the months of January, February and March will be entered into a regional drawing for one of three pairs of domestic roundtrip tickets courtesy of Delta Air Lines.

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Consumers’ access to essential dietary supplements is at risk of being taken away. Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, the government gave individual manufacturers the control of developing and distributing dietary supplements. The DSHEA is now being challenged and if new laws become effective, dietary supplements will become subject to regulations and several products may become eliminated all together.

Bill Abraham and Sandy Ochsner, owners of Mountain Valley Health Foods in Franklin, are opposed to the new regulations because they believe it is taking away a basic right. “The worst part about the new regulations is they are trying to take away our right to choose,” said Ochsner. “We can choose to go out and buy things like beer and cigarettes, but they are trying to regulate what natural products we have access to.”

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MedWest Health System is seeking patients treated recently in its Emergency Departments to serve as part of a new Patient Advisory Council.

Individuals who have been patients during the past 90 days in the Emergency Departments of MedWest-Haywood, MedWest-Harris or MedWest-Swain are invited to volunteer for the Council, which is designed to address ways to continue to improve emergency services. Former patients will join healthcare providers and MedWest staff on the Council.

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Western Carolina University’s second doctoral- level academic program got under way this fall semester when 32 students began course work toward receiving their doctor of physical therapy degree.

A total of 386 prospective students applied for the 32 slots available to start the program this semester, said Karen Lunnen, head of WCU’s physical therapy department. The other students on WCU’s campus working toward doctoral degrees are taking classes to earn their doctor of education degree in educational leadership.

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