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Rotary of Franklin president Mike Norris, (left) presents immediate past president John Yermack with a pin in recognition of being named Club Rotarian of the Month for his outstanding service to the club and community at the Aug. 31 meeting of the Rotary Club of Franklin.

Rotary of Franklin club member Susie Ledford (center) presents Holly Owen (left) and Kellie Colquit (right) with the inaugural Senator Bob and Helen Carpenter Nursing Scholarship Awards.

Each recipient received $750 in scholarship money for continuing education in the field of nursing.

Owen and Colquit are currently attending Southwestern Community College.

Murphy Medical Center is hosting its 21st annual “Two Hours from Anywhere” 5K Challenge, 2-mile Heart Walk and Kids’ Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the hospital.

“About 350 participants came out last year to stretch their legs in the races, get their hearts pumping, and compete for awards or ‘personal best’ times,” said Kathi Osborne, Foundation Director at the hospital. “Our race is always for a good cause which benefits our area, and we appreciate the community’s support of this fun, energized event.”

This year’s road race will benefit scholarships which the non-profit hospital’s Foundation provides to area students who are pursuing college degrees in healthcare-related fields. In 2011, Murphy Medical Center provided $35,000 in scholarships to 20 area students.

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Three faculty members at Western Carolina University are among presenters at the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, a free event to be held Friday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Sept. 10, in Burnsville.

Ron Rash, WCU’s Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Culture, will be the keynote speaker at 7 p.m. Saturday in Burnsville’s Town Center Legacy Room.

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