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State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) has launched its Second Annual SECU Supports the Troops holiday campaign in all 238 SECU branch locations throughout North Carolina. The campaign goal is to provide 5,000 holiday gift boxes for North Carolina’s National Guard and Reservists deployed throughout the world.

The boxes will include items such as snacks and toiletries, and be accompanied by special thank you letters from local school children. Credit Union branches will have collection boxes for donations, along with a wish list of acceptable items.

In addition to items for the 10” x 10” x 5” gift boxes, SECU is also accepting monetary donations that will be used to assist with shipping costs associated with delivering items to the soldiers. The gift boxes will be shipped in early December.


Gail Elkins of Otto, N.C. was the winner of the charcoal grill given away by Farm Bureau in association with this year’s Macon County Fair.

Pictured (L-R) are Patrick Jenkins, Craig Millsaps, Elkins, Charles Thun and Glis Cribb.




Dan Preston of Franklin was the winner in a drawing held by Vietnam Veterans of America during the Macon County Fair.

The prize, donated by Bryant-Grant Funeral Home, was limited edition print “Ellijay Farm” by Franklin artist, Michael M. Rogers.




‘Make the World a Better Place’ will benefit Goodwill and CareNet

Girl Scouts across the state are teaming up with Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and local food banks in the state for the inaugural “Make the World a Better Place” community service project for the month of October.

According to Tammy Keezer, Service Unit Manager for Girl Scouts in Macon County, troops will be collecting items for the local Goodwill and have special permission to collect food items for CareNet. There are nine Girl Scout troops in Macon County, with an average total of about 120 members ranging in age from five to 17 years old. “It is a great opportunity for the girls to work within the community and to work toward gaining the ‘Make the World a Better Place’ patch at the end of the month,” said Keezer.


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