61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

- published 8/21 (Larry) old link: http://www1.cfnc.org/applications/NC_Community_College/apply.html?application_id=1527

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— Thursday, May 5

Franklin Community Blood Drive at the First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla Street, Franklin, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call (828)369-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

— Friday, May 6

Angel Medical Center Blood Drive, 120 Riverview Street, Franklin, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (828)369-4166 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Second annual barbecue dinner to benefit the Wayne Proffitt Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Wayne Proffitt Memorial Scholarship will hold its second annual barbecue dinner at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center on 441 South Saturday, May 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Two Proffitt scholarships will be given to Macon County public school seniors whose studies have focused on agricultural education. “It’s to further the education of Macon County youth,” said event organizer Marcia Jones, who added that the amount of the scholarships are contingent upon the funds available. Last year, two $500 awards were given.

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“I looked up from my desk one day,” says Jill Montana, executive director of the International Friendship Center. “He was one of five men standing around in the hall outside my office. Of the assorted ages of the group, he appeared to be the oldest. All of them were clad in ragged clothes, and they all wore dusty, hard-worn, work boots. In soft spoken Spanish he told me he needed to make a copy of a piece of paper.

“I invited the men to come in and said of course I would be glad to make a copy. He approached my desk and showed me the document. It was a thin, wrinkled, yellowed birth certificate. He told me this was the only form of ID he possessed in the world.

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Many people throughout Western North Carolina are not sure where their next meal will come from, or if they will even have one, according to a recent study performed by national hunger relief organization Feeding America. In fact, the report states that food insecurity and hunger are faced by one in six people throughout the region.

With hunger manifesting in WNC during the national economic downturn, Western Carolina University, along with MANNA FoodBank, hosted a public policy forum on Monday, where more than 40 WNC hunger-relief workers and community organizers filled the A.K. Hinds University Center to discuss the issue.

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