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Wednesday, 02 September 2015 00:00

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Olympian to speak at Harris Regional Hospital 

Olympian and WCU Alumni Manteo Mitchell will be the speaker at Harris Regional Hospital’s next Tuesdays to Thrive event entitled “Your Map to Outdoor Safety.” 

The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Harris Regional Hospital cafeteria. The cost to attend the event is $5 and includes a healthy meal. This informative session will focus on how to stay safe during popular outdoor activities such as running, biking and paddling. 

Space is limited for the event; call 844.414.DOCS to RSVP by Sept. 11. Tuesdays to Thrive is a series of events held the third Tuesday of each month. 

Visit or call 828.586.7734.


N.C. Voter Rights Forum comes to Franklin

A Voter Rights forum, titled “Voter Rights in North Carolina: Barriers and Challenges 50 Years After Passage of the Voter Rights Act,” will be presented by the Macon County League of Women Voters at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Franklin Town Hall.

The 90-minute forum will include a presentation by Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy-NC, a non-partisan voting rights organization based in Durham, as well as several other speakers. 

Debbie George with the Macon County Board of Elections will clarify recent changes to the photo ID requirement. 



Youth Outright holds meeting in Franklin

Youth Outright, Western NC’s leading advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, will present a meeting for youth ages 14-20 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin.

“Youth Outright has longed hoped to establish a presence in Franklin and other communities in Macon, Jackson, Swain, Clay, Graham and Cherokee counties,” said Executive Director Jim Faucett. “The Unitarian Universalists are providing us this opportunity by opening their space to us, and we’ve received funding from Mission Health that helps to underwrite our Franklin meetings.”  

Youth Outright is a youth advocacy and leadership program dedicated to providing affirmation, information, support and resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in 18 counties in Western North Carolina. The meeting is free and refreshments will be served.



Enrichment courses offered through WCU institute 

A series of educational sessions for Western North Carolina residents 50 and older is being offered through LIFE@WesternCarolina, Western Carolina University’s lifelong learning institute. 

LIFE@WesternCarolina offers weekly sessions in both Cullowhee and Asheville focusing on a variety of topics including business, history, science, literature, politics and personal development.

Sessions are offered weekly for 12 weeks during the fall and spring semesters. Fall semester programs will begin Tuesday, Sept. 8, in Cullowhee and Wednesday, Sept. 9, in Asheville. Cost of membership in the institute is $125 per year, including 24 engaged learning experiences with opportunities to take part in additional activities related to some of the topics. Participants may attend all or as many sessions as they like.

To register, call 828.227.7397 or visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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