With November serving as National Hospice and Palliative Care month, State Employees Credit Union (SECU) presented the Hospice House Foundation of Western North Carolina with a $1 million check on Thursday. The check will serve as a challenge grant, meaning that the funds will be delivered once the HHF raises half of the $3.8 million renovation costs.
Representatives from the State Employees Credit Union Foundation attended Thursday's event for the presentation and reception afterwards.
Shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday morning, Western Carolina University in Cullowhee sent out an alert to a students urging them to stay away from the commercial strip on campus for reason of a fire in the vicinity. The school did not cancel classes and there were no injuries reported as a result of the incident.
“We certainly are grateful that no one was injured during this incident, neither the owners and employees of the businesses nor the firefighters and first responders who rushed to the scene,” said WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher. “Our thoughts are with our friends and neighbors who own and work at these establishments.”
Outgoing public servants celebrated in ceremony
On Friday, Town of Franklin employees, board members and others from the community gathered at Town Hall to bid farewell to outgoing Mayor Joe Collins and Alderman Sissy Pattillo. After years of service, their tenure in the public eye, at least on an elected board, will come to a close when new officials are sworn in on Dec. 2.
Town manager Warren Cabe led the events and invited Pattillo up first to thank her for her commitment to the Town of Franklin.
Folk School festivities begin with a Wreath Making Workshop on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. Attendees will gather in the school's cozy Keith House Community Room, and will learn how to transform fresh greenery into beautiful wreaths to adorn the school’s campus. Call the main office at (828)837-2775 to reserve your spot.
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.