Each November, Macon County paramedic Joey Gibson joins other local residents on a medical mission trip to Honduras through New Beginnings Baptist Mission. The team spends a week providing desperately needed medical services to residents of Honduras who walk for hours for the chance to be seen by a professional.
"The kids are always the best part of the trip," said Gibson. "They love the attention and getting to play with the Americans. Also, the 98-year-old lady that walked a long distance to be seen in the clinic that would pray for each person she came in contact with was very uplifting and heartwarming."
After serving on the Macon County Board of Commissioners for six years, Commissioner Kevin Corbin announced Monday afternoon that he will not be seeking re-election to the commission, however, he will be filing to run for the North Carolina House of Representatives.
Corbin said his decision has not been something he has taken lightly, and after current House Rep. Roger West announced Monday morning that he would not be seeking re-election, Corbin made the decision to step up.
"Roger told me in a conversation two years ago that he 'might not' run so I have been evaluating this and considering it for a while now," said Corbin.
The Rotary Club of Franklin and Mountain View Intermediate School have teamed up to establish North Carolina's very first RotaKid program. With more than 50 kids on board, 5th and 6th graders took a pledge to become more involved in their communities.
RotaKids is a way for those 12 and under to lead and engage in important, lively activities that will make a positive difference in their school, in their local community and globally. At the same time RotaKids develop the ability and confidence to take up their place in society as responsible, successful, effective citizens both now and in the future.
The Franklin High School Panthers hosted the second round of the 2AA state playoffs in the Panther Pit last Friday night, dominating the West Caldwell Warriors 31-7.
The Panthers will have their first road game of the NCSHSAA class 2AA playoffs this Friday as they travel to face the Monroe Redhawks This is the second consecutive year Franklin has faced Monroe in the third round.
Monroe remains undefeated on the season. Kick off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, April 13, a group of about 50 volunteers comprised of a diverse group of citizens from the Franklin and Highlands areas joined forces to clean up the Cullasaja River Gorge's roadsides and river banks.
This initiative is one of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce's ongoing annual projects to help keep area natural resources clean. The cleanup takes place every spring during the NCDOT's clean sweep week and has been headed up by the Highlands Chamber for the last 10 years.
This year, members of Venture Local Franklin, Franklin Chamber of Commerce staff/board members, Stay And Play in the Smokies, and others joined in to make an even bigger impact on this stretch of the “Mountain Waters Scenic Byway.” Of the 50 volunteers on Saturday, 20 volunteers represented Franklin.
"Franklin and Highlands market this same stretch of scenic highway for tourism and recreation purposes, and its very important for both communities to keep the roadsides of Highway 64 as beautiful as the natural assets that surround them,” said volunteer Matt Bateman. “So we decided to reach out to Jennifer Smathers at the Highlands Chamber Visitor Center to join forces."
Bateman, who is a member of Venture Local Franklin (VLF) and tour guide, believes it is important to build a mutual cooperation to take full ownership in maintaining the natural beauty of the roadside. "One of VLF's goals is to continue to reach out to other groups and entities within Franklin and beyond, so we can work together on moving Franklin forward in a positive direction," said Bateman.
The combined effort bagged litter from just above Cullasaja Falls, all the way up to the city limits of Highlands. More than 100 bags were filled by volunteers and hauled away by the U.S. Forest Service.
Main Street Coffee & Tea in downtown Franklin donated coffee for the volunteers of Franklin, while Bill and Sharon Van Horn donated bagels from Dills Creek Bagel Co. also of Franklin.
To finish the day, volunteers were treated to a cookout provided by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at the Cliffside Lake Recreation Area.