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The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is coming to Franklin on March 18 at the Franklin High School track.

The event is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, barbeque, dance, and take turns walking around a track “relay” style to raise funds to fight cancer. Relay For Life has spread to more than 5,000 communities across the country.

At nightfall, participants will light hundreds of luminara candles around the track in a touching ceremony to honor cancer survivors as well as friends and family members lost to the disease. Relay For Life represents hope that those lost to cancer will not be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day, cancer will be eliminated.


While it isn’t spring outdoors yet, one Franklin daisy scout troop is working diligently to give the gift of an early spring to at least one area organization. Troop #02315, led by Nicole Nelson, is completing a gardening project that will provide a local nursing home with potted herbs in handmade flower pots, which residents can enjoy indoors during the remaining winter months.

The scouts (11 girls in all, ages 5-7) will earn a community service badge for completing this project, but none of them seem to be thinking about that because they are having so much fun along the way!


The Sylva Rotary Club sponsors a weekly storytime for preschoolers at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva on Monday mornings. The final February “Rotary Readers” program will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 27th. Beginning in March, the time will move to 11:00 a.m. every Monday. The theme for the month of March will be the books of Dr. Seuss.

Rotary International, whose motto is “Service Above Self,” has a long history of promoting both adult and childhood literacy.


In 2004, a partnership began between Western North Carolina and Western Panama in Central America. That’s when some local Rotary Clubs and a Rotary Club in Boquete Panama decided make a partnership to help rural schools and their students by providing supplies and doing renovations.

Since then over a ton of supplies, $15,000 in cash, and nearly 3000 hours of labor have been provided by students and adults from this region.


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