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Photo by Betsey GooderMembers of the community participated in an Elder Abuse Awareness Walk Monday evening at the track at Franklin High School in concert with eight simultaneous walks that ocurred throughout the region.

The purpose of the walk was to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.

Every year an estimated five million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23 cases go unreported.

At the upcoming June 23, 2015, 2015 Ladies Night Out Program, the topic will be “How Not To Be A Victim.” The guest speaker will be Bonnie Peggs.

Donations for REACH of Macon County will be accepted at the meetings. Preferred items are feminine products, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent and dish detergent. Visit to see a list of shelter needs. Participants will receive extra door prize tickets for donated items.


The Jackson County Public Library is hosting Ron Cromer and his Snakes Alive! program on Thursday, June 25, at 11 a.m. and another show at 2 p.m. in the Community Room. These programs are free of charge, but are limited to the first 150 people to get tickets.

The tickets will be given out at the Youth Services Desk starting at 10 a.m. on the day of the program.

Ron Cromer has been travelling with Snakes Alive! all across the country for many years. He is dedicated to educating people of all ages about snakes. His programs are informative and fun.

For more information, call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at (828)586-2016.

Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.

The track at Franklin High School was packed Friday night with residents who have had their lives affected by cancer.

In its 30th year, the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life Celebration hosted a six-hour “I love the 80s” themed event.

Grand Club members were honored for their fundraising efforts, and included Jean Crane, Jacob Morgan, and Lauren Norton, all of whom raised more than $1,000 in 2015.



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