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Opinions: March 15, 2018

New off-shore drilling is not the answer 

 We don’t need any new drilling off-shore or anywhere else. We only need to utilize the unlimited solar power which goes to waste every day. I run my entire house with solar panels and batteries which I installed myself for less than $2,000. 
Also I get all my hot water free in summer with a passive solar water heater which I built for around $10. The front of my house is all glass which allows me to get most of my heat from the sun in winter. 
All new houses in England are required to generate as much power, solar or wind, as they consume. China now requires all new buildings to have solar electricity and water heating. They are also retrofitting the old structures similarly. Several countries in Europe plan to go to all electric cars in the next few years. Volvo cars will all be electric starting next year. We have handed solar panel manufacturing over to China. Why? Don’t we need those jobs? A good indication of what coal and gas burning has done to the world’s air is provided by the fact that people (rich ones) in China are now buying air to breathe from Canada. Is this the world in which our children will occupy, assuming they don’t get murdered at school?  -  Doug Franklin 

County residents exceed shoebox goal 

 I am writing to thank the residents of Hayesville and Clay County for spreading joy to children around the world this Christmas. Through the generosity of the Clay County community, 447 shoeboxes were collected. The Western North Carolina Area Team was able to exceed our goal by collecting 20,038 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The International total for 2017 was 11,012,840 shoeboxes. 
Clay County volunteers transformed empty shoeboxes into treasured gifts filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys to be delivered to children around the world affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. These children, many of whom have never received a gift before, learn God loves them and has not forgotten them. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories. 
We are grateful for our drop-off center coordinators, Julie Proctor and Pastor Kyle Cody, and all the volunteers that worked to collect these shoeboxes. Our ministry partners play a vital part in getting shoebox gifts into the hands of millions of children in need each year. This simple shoebox gift can make an eternal impact in the life of a child and we want to thank everyone who makes it possible. 
It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Though the Clay County drop-off location is closed until November, shoeboxes can still be packed and sent year-round to Samaritan’s Purse headquarters at 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, NC 28607. Anyone can pack a personalized Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift at: buildonline. Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found on the Web site or by calling (704) 583-1463. 
Thank you again to everyone who participated in this project and for those who do so year after year. These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message of hope and continue to transform the lives of children worldwide. -  Sincerely, June C. Trull, WNC Area Coordinator Samaritan's Purse, Operation Christmas Child 

Thanks for supporting Soil & Water breakfast 

 The season finale of Soil & Water Conservation District’s “Friends of Ag” breakfast was a huge success. Sixty people enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by dedicated volunteers with Clay County Farm Bureau’s Women’s Group. These kind ladies, Benita England, Judy Patterson and Anita Solesbee, offered help for a series of five breakfasts. 

They arrived early, worked to feed all and see the kitchen was cleaned. Thank you. 
We could not offer these informative and tasty breakfasts without our volunteers and contributors. Generous folks such as Clay County Farm Bureau and Hardees supplied funds and food. 
Others contributed to our supplies and many others gave their time and labor. We are thoroughly grateful for their support, delicious food and farm raised products and for their hard work. We also appreciate our loyal guests with their appetite for lessons of farm practices and for great locally sourced food. 
Soil & Water breakfasts provided pertinent information of farm best management practices, regional farm research programs, seasonal high tunnels, benefits of planting natives, and our biggest crowd heard valuable information on the importance of pollinators from director of Bee City USA, Phyllis Styles. 
These timely presentations give land owners opportunities and venues for assistance to best manage their land use, increase their bottom line and improve our soil and water quality. 
Thank you to all involved with educating and implementing measures of conservation. It is exciting to have our community and board of supervisors involved with our efforts. We all know the importance of managing natural resources through conservation, schooling and the development of partnerships and we are happy for your support and interest. 
We are truly locally led so we will keep listening and assisting with conservation of our natural resources. We’re going to host our Soil & Water Conservation District’s “Friends of Ag” breakfasts next fall. 
We’re also continuing to offer equipment rental programs, drought relief programs, agricultural and community conservation programs and our many environmental education programs. Stay tuned to SWCD’s upcoming projects and conservation programs. For more details call 389-9764. - Leanna Staton , Clay County SWCD 

Clay County Progress

Mailing Address: PO Box 483, Hayesville, NC 28904
Physical Address: 43 Main Street, Hayesville, NC 28904
Phone: 828-389-8431
Fax: 828-389-9997