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After more than 25 years of dedication to the Macon County School System, David Swafford is set to retire at the end of December. Swafford has worked as a custodian at Union School and South Macon Elementary.

“David Swafford has been a trustworthy and dedicated servant to the Macon County Schools for the past 25 years. Over the years Mr. Swafford has worked as a custodian at Union School and South Macon Elementary School. His honesty and integrity was a good example for all of those that he associated with,” said South Macon's Principal Tolly Bowles and Assistant Principal Allison Guynn of Swafford's retirement.

The staff at South Macon presented Swafford with a Michael Rogers print of Wayah Bald as a retirement gift during a special reception held in his honor.

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Casey Queen, co-owner of The Queen’s Junque, and John Miele, co-owner of The Golden Carp, recently presented a $555 donation for CARE, a humanitarian organization fighting poverty in more than 70 countries, to Susan Belcher, wife of Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher, and Jennifer Cooper, interim director Center for Service Learning and co-chair of the WCU Poverty Project.

The donation, which was made in support of the WCU Poverty Project, represented a percentage of sales in the town during the Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries celebration’s WCU Night on Dec. 2.

Forty local elementary school students and their families attended Jackson Paper Manufacturing Company’s annual Christmas for Kids party on Dec. 10.

The event, held this year at the Community Service Building, was organized by Jackson Paper employees and coordinated in association with staff at Jackson County elementary schools who selected students to attend. Joining the invited guests at the party were the children of Jackson Paper employees.

Party-goers enjoyed three hours of games and crafts, lunch and a visit with Santa Claus. Each child received a toy or game, a stuffed animal and other prizes.

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At the upcoming Dec. 27 Ladies Night Out Program, (LNO) the topic will be Food Safety. Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation and storage of food in ways that prevent food borne illness. This includes a number of routines that should be followed to avoid potentially severe health hazards. Guest speaker will be Kristen Brant, MS, RD, LDN, Clinical Dietician for Angel Medical Center.

LNO will continue to offer free mammograms to women who qualify for the BCCCP program and have scheduled appointments. For more information, contact Dawn Wilde, Community Health Promotion Supervisor at Macon County Public Health at (828)349-2426.

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