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Corina Pia Kahlert and Tadashi Torii were united in marriage Sunday, Jan. 1, at noon, at the Jackson County Library in Sylva.

The bride is the daughter of Gisela and the late Hans Kahlert, of Trebur, Germany, and the granddaughter of the late Else and Ernst Runar, Marie and Hans Kahlert. The groom is the son of Yuko and Kiyoshi Torii, Habikino, Osaka, Japan and the grandson of the late Yoshie and Koji Torii, Kimi and Fusao Kimura.

The flower girl was Mayuko Torii, and the ring bearer was Pierce Muth.

Kenzo Torii was the best man.

Following the ceremony officiated by Kathy Jennings, a reception was given by Etheree Chancellor at the library.


The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva has announced the featured title for its next Book Ends Bookclub discussion, which will take place at the library on Monday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m.

Library staff member Angela Zoran will facilitate the discussion of “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage,” by Alfred Lansing.

In 1914, explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men embarked on an epic adventure to be the first to cross the Antarctic on foot. This is the tale of an amazing journey that defied all odds. It vividly portrays how inspiring leadership and the indomitable human spirit helped these men survive for 20 months in the world's most formidable environment. Every single man made it home safely.


The first baby to be born in Franklin in the New Year was born to Francisca Diaz and Euctacico Morga Santiago.

Eric Alexander Norga was born on Jan. 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm. The baby boy weighed seven pounds and was 20 inches long.

Photo by Vickie Carpenter.

The Community Table, Sylva’s local food bank, is gearing up for the holiday weekend and anticipate serving more meals this year than ever before.

The Community Table is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and MANNA Food Bank Partner Agency, that has been serving nutritious meals to its neighbors in need since 1999.

“It is our vision that no one in Jackson County goes to bed hungry,” reads the organization’s website. The Table was founded to provide a welcoming place for all kinds of people to gather for a good, free meal. Everyone is welcomed at The Table, regardless of level of need, and there is never a fee for their services.


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