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Cervical Cancer Awareness Information January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical Cancer Awareness Information January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and the Anson County Health Department wants you to know that theres a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV dont know they are infected. HPV is also a major cause of cervical cancer. Each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.

The good news:

The HPV vaccine (shot) can prevent HPV.

Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care. In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, Anson County Health Department encourages:

" Women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21

" Parents to make sure pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12 Teens and young adults also need to get the HPV vaccine if they didnt get it as pre-teens. Women up to age 26 and men up to age 21 can still get the vaccine. Thanks to the health care reform law, you and your family members may be able to get these services at no cost to you. Check with your insurance company to learn more.

Taking small steps can help keep you safe and healthy. Call for a yearly appointment with your primary doctor or with Anson County Health Departments Family Planning or Well Woman clinic. The Anson County Health Department is located at 110 Ashe Street in Wadesboro. The telephone number is (704) 694-5188.

Town Council Meetings: First Monday of each month

July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2

ANSONVILLE Town Council at 7:00 p.m. at the water department. For more information, call 704.826.8404

LILESVILLE Town Council at 6:00 p.m. at town hall. For more information, call 704.848.4711 or visit

McFARLAN Town Council at 7:30 p.m. at town hall

MORVEN Town Council at 7:00 p.m. at town hall

PEACHLAND Town Council at 7:00 p.m. at town hall. For more information, call 704.272.7781 or visit

POLKTON Town Council at 6:30 p.m. at town hall. For more information, call 704.272.7463 or visit

WADESBORO Town Council at 5:00 p.m. at town hall. For more information, call 704.694.5171 or visit

Weekly/Monthly Meetings for Clubs and Organizations

Wadesboro Rotary Club, every Thurs. 12:15 pm, Welika Lake Fish Camp

Wadesboro Civitan Club, every Fri. at noon at Scout Hut

Kilwinning Lodge No. 64, AF&AM, 2nd Thurs. each month at 7:30 pm at the Lodge

Anson County Sons of Confederate Veterans (Camp 860), 7:00 p last Tues. each month, Hardison-Bradley Room at Hampton B. Allen Library

Anson County NAACP, every 3rd Sun. 5:00 pm, Hardison-Bradley Room at Hampton B. Allen Library

VFW Post 10403 Auxiliary, 3rd Thurs. of each month, 7:00 pm

Domestic Violence Support Group, every Mon. 5:30-7:00 pm at Anson County Domestic Violence Coalition office, Wadesboro

Caregiver Support Group, 2nd Tues. 7:00-8:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church, Wadesboro. For info, call 704-694-3156 or 704-695-3233.

The Pee Dee North Chapter of Compassionate Friends, 2nd Thurs. 7:00 pm, Training Room, Pee Dee Electric. For info, call 704-694-2425 or 704-826-6063.

New Beginnings cancer support group 3rd Mon. 6:00 pm, Lady Bug restaurant (except June, July, August). For info, call 704-694-5211.

New Opportunities to Hunt on Sundays

A new law, "Outdoor Heritage Enhanced," will increase opportunities to hunt wild animals and upland game birds on private lands. The law also gives authority to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (Commission) and other public landowners to implement new options for Sunday hunting on public lands. Sunday hunting for migratory birds, including waterfowl, remains prohibited. On private lands:

" Hunters may hunt within 500 yards of a residence, potentially opening millions of acres of private land previously off-limits to Sunday hunters.

" Hunters may not hunt at any time on Sunday within 500 yards of a place of religious worship, nor hunt deer with the use of dogs.

" Shooting hours remain unchanged, meaning private lands may be hunted for wild animals and upland game birds with a firearm on Sunday prior to 9:30 a.m. and after 12:30 p.m.

" Controlled hunting preserves are not restricted between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. if they are licensed pursuant to G.S. 113.273(g).

On public lands:

" Public land managers, including the Commission, may authorize hunting on Sundays with a firearm on the public lands for which they have jurisdiction.

" If public land managers allow Sunday hunting on their lands, hunters remain prohibited from hunting with a firearm between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., from hunting deer with the use of dogs and from hunting within 500 yards of a place of religious worship.

" Sunday hunting on the Commission's game lands re- mains prohibited.

" The Commission will implement a collaborative and inclusive process with constituents to evaluate options and opportunities to open Sunday hunting with firearms on the approximately 500,000 acres of game lands owned by the Commission. The process will include consideration of all user-group perspectives.

" The Commission will work collaboratively with govern- mental, private and corporate partners to determine inter- est in allowing opportunities to hunt on Sundays with a firearm on the approximately 1.5 million acres of game lands owned by those partners. If these partners are willing to consider this option, then the Commission will follow the process described for Commission-owned game lands. Migratory birds:

" Hunting of migratory birds on Sundays remains prohibited.

" The new legislation gives the Commission the authority to lift the prohibition on migratory bird hunting after March 1, 2018.

" The law also mandates that a study be conducted by the Commission to consider the biological and resource management impacts, economic impacts, and social impacts associated with hunting migratory birds on Sundays. For information on the Outdoor Heritage Enhanced law, visit New Sunday Hunting Regulations at

Veterans Memorial Dedication at Wadesboro City Park

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the new Veterans Memorial that has been constructed at Wadesboro City Park. The event will take place this Thursday, April 27 at 11 a.m. The memorial and ceremony are sponsored by the Anson County Veterans Council. Wadesboro City Park is located near Anson Pediatrics, just off Morven Road on Gatewood Street.