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Dale and Joy Holland wed April 8, 1972.

Dale and Judy Holland celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on April 8.

They were married at Longview Baptist Church on April 8, 1972.

The Hollands have two children, Jennifer Stanley and Jessica LiBasci, and one grandchild, Jeneva Stanley.



The Western North Carolina Alliance is inviting the community to join us for the “Renewing Our Roots” spring gathering, to honor and celebrate WNCA’s founding in Macon County.

The event will be April 14 in Franklin.

Several free family-friendly activities will be offered throughout the day, culminating in a barbecue dinner and live music celebration at the Memorial United Methodist Church where WNCA’s founder, Esther Cunningham, was a member.

Mrs. Cunningham, a Macon County native, was 64 years old when she founded the Alliance in 1982. It is the only grassroots environmental advocacy focused solely on conserving Western North Carolina’s natural heritage.



The Open Door is a newly launched local ministry in Macon County for neighbors without homes.

With many folks affected by the recession, a group of local churches realized there was a growing population of homeless individuals and families that could use some shelter.

Bethel, Hickory Knoll, Patton and Methodist Memorial churches were the first to start the rotation of open doors to the needy on Friday and Saturday nights, with food, fellowship and shelter provided by the volunteers.

Other churches are considering joining the program. Shown here is Janet Harrison explaining the new ministry to the Franklin Kiwanis Club.


The sight of brightly colored pinwheels blowing in the breeze brings back happy memories of childhood days when no one else in the entire world was as important and special and loved as you. It is for the sake of children and building happy childhood memories that KIDS Place is promoting Pinwheels for Prevention during April for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“We are very excited about this year’s awareness campaign,” said Alisa W. Ashe, KIDS Place Executive Director. KIDS Place is collaborating with local businesses, churches, and other agencies to display almost 2,000 pinwheels in Franklin.


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