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BI-LO revealed its newly updated store in Franklin, Wednesday, unveiling the latest in a series of renovations the company is making throughout its four-state footprint.

Attending the ribbon cutting ceremony were BI-LO’s Regional Vice President Sam Blaiss, District Director Jeff Parks, Store Director Lesa Jordan and the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. BI-LO Charities presented a $250 check to Franklin High School and another $250 check to the Franklin Chapter of the Vietnam Vets of America.


Members of the community have officially adopted the “Read2Me — Reading Matters in Macon County” initiative, and have began working to determine methods to further promote the program throughout the county.

Read2Me is geared toward helping children get an early start by encouraging parents to read with their children outside of school. The campaign is aimed toward preschool aged children and their parents, but is quickly evolving to include children in all grades.


to meet or exceed their goals

Franklin’s Relay for Life team is one of only six teams in the nation to meet or exceed their goals for 2011 and was the top fund raiser in the Suth Atlantic Division.

Chair Toby Blanton and Becky Ramey display banner signifying the total money raised in the 2011 Relay for Life which was $94, 214 which is $5.23 per capita.


Volunteer effort garnered 1,047 toys for Christmas.

Smoky Mountain Chevrolet hosted its 12th annual Toys for Tots ‘Cruise In’ fundraiser last Saturday afternoon, an event that showcased live music and a spectacular car show which displayed more than 131 cars. Randy D. Hughes, TFT coordinator for Macon, Jackson, and Swain counties, represented the organization at the fundraiser. “We took in 1,047 toys,” said Hughes. “It was enough to fill two trucks.”

Several residents in the community joined the volunteer effort to ensure that less fortunate children will have a joyful Christmas. Approximately 15 local volunteers assisted Smoky Mountain Chevrolet with the fundraiser.


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