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The 11th annual Relay for Life Cancer Survivor’s Dinner was held Friday, May 20, at the Cowee Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Event Coordinator Phyllis Castle said that the dinner was just one way of honoring the people whose lives have been touched by cancer. She said that usually 250-300 people attend these events.

There were a diverse group of survivors at Friday’s dinner. Some had found out about having cancer as early as three months ago and then there were some that had survived cancer for more than 40 years.


May is designated as the American Legion Auxiliary's Poppy Month.

The Auxiliary uses the donations received from the sale of poppies to fund projects that benefit local veterans and their families.

John Crawford, 92, lifetime member of American Legion Post 108, helps the Auxiliary, as he has done for many, many years by distributing poppies.



Pam Forshee, owner of Smoky Mountain Bicycles, partnered with Larry Stenger and the Franklin Daybreak Rotary to put on the Third annual Ruby Ride & Run. The event was held Friday, May 20, beginning at 9 a.m. at Franklin High School. This year, there were 90 runners and 45 bikers participating. The proceeds are slated to benefit such local charities as CareNet, Angel Hospital Foundation, Franklin Interact Club, KIDS Place, Stop Hunger Now, New Century Scholars, Kids winter basketball tournament, and a handicapible Boy Scout Troop.

Forshee, organizer for the event, said that even though attendance was down a little bit from the previous year, she was still pleased with the turnout. “We raised about $3,500. That is about the same as what we had last year.


The Highlands Community Foundation announces $17,000 in recent grants to local nonprofit organizations supporting important community initiatives.

The grants include:

— $3,500 to the Highlands Biological Foundation toward the installation of solar panels to heat water for one dormitory at the Highlands Biological Station. This project is a result of an energy assessment conducted by UNC students in 2010 and provides a demonstration site for education of station visitors and community members. The station will cooperate with other local groups, including Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance, to promote the demonstration of energy efficiencies in the Highlands community year round.


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