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Coweeta Baptist Church, Franklin Covenant Church, Holly Springs Baptist Church, Iotla Baptist Church, and Watauga Baptist Church recently completed the Walk to Jerusalem program sponsored by Macon County Public Health.

The program emphasized physical, mental, and spiritual health by incorporating physical activity with mental and spiritual activities. One of the main goals for each church was to virtually walk the approximately 6,300 miles from Franklin to Jerusalem in a 12-week period from January to Easter.


Bills this summer making you sweat? Present to donate blood during the American Red Cross “Super Summer Save” campaign June 1 through July 31 for your chance to win one of two $3,000 American Express gift cards useable toward rent, mortgage payments, food or gas, and take a break from what’s breaking the bank.

Thousands of people donate blood in our area each year, and their generous gift has saved countless lives. However, the need for blood is constant. During the summer season, the blood supply often suffers, as many donors are on vacation or participating in seasonal activities. With drives held every week throughout Cherokee and Clay Counties, there are countless opportunities for donors to take a little time out of their schedules to donate a unit of blood and save the lives of up to three people.


The License to Give Trust Fund Commission has awarded a Fast Track Grant to The Mission Healthcare Foundation, a non-profit headquartered in Asheville.

“Its project proposal meets the Commission’s criteria to expand organ, eye and tissue donation and encourage thoughtful end-of-life decisions, including organ and tissue donation as a significant consideration in this process of advance care planning,” said Commission Chairman Ken Burkel.

The ultimate goal of the Mission Healthcare Foundation is to increase Actionable Donor Designations in Western North Carolina “through the development of an institutional ethos that increases the number of registered hospital employees that ultimately will benefit and save the lives of many North Carolinians as a whole,” Burkel said.


The Seventh Day Adventist Thrift Store, or as it is aptly named “The Thrift Store,” recently moved locations across West Palmer Street in Franklin. With the move, The Thrift Store also expanded its operations.

“We are a community service center. The money that we make in the thrift shop goes back into the community,” said store manager Kay Durandetta. “We help with rent, electric, water, prescriptions, clothing and we now have a food bank.” She said that there was not enough space at the original location, and that the amount of people they helped, and items for sale, were piling up.


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