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The first order of business at the Aug. 23 Macon County Board of Health meeting was to recognize two individuals for outstanding achievements. Health Director Jim Bruckner recognized Missy Boston and Melissa Leatherman for their efforts in improving the health department’s quality of care.

Boston accepted a certificate from the North Carolina Immunization Branch on behalf of the entire department for ensuring that more than 90 percent of Macon County children have received age-appropriate immunization by the age of two.


The N.C. Youth Advisory Council of the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office in the Department of Administration is accepting applications for mini-grants available to youth groups to conduct community projects. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 30.

Up to $6,292 is available to North Carolina organizations composed of young people, ages 13 to 18, which implement programs to benefit their peers. The mini-grants will range from $100 to up to $500 each.


If you have abundant moisture in your crawlspace or basement, you probably have mold, considered the worst indoor air pollutant. On Friday, Sept. 2, learn what to do to control mold and create a healthy breathing environment in your home. The presenter is Kip Amundrud of Highlands based A Healthy Home N.C.

This free Eco-Forum program starts at 6 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 89 Sierra Drive, Franklin. Covered dish at 5 p.m. Child care is available.


Macon County Public Health issues alert for salmonella in recalled ground turkey

An official recall has been issued for ground turkey products. Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, a Springdale, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 36 million pounds of ground turkey products that may be contaminated with a multi-drug resistant strain of Salmonella. The full recall notice can be accessed here:

The North Carolina Environmental Health Division, as well as local health departments, is staying updated on the situation. All local health departments across the state are on alert for salmonellarelated illnesses due to consumption of ground turkey. In Macon County, local health inspectors are checking their food establishments to make sure no potentially contaminated ground turkey is present or in use.


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