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In honor of President’s Day, many businesses around Franklin had an American Flag displayed. The flags were provided by the Lions Club of Franklin.

Businesses are able to support the Lions and the United States by paying $25 each year in order to have a flag provided and displayed in front of their store or shop.

The willingness of the community to come together and support local clubs that may share the same patriotism as they do could be one of the reasons that the project has been a success for the last 30 years.

The flags are also on display during other holidays such as Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day and Flag Day.

Haithcock hopes to attract more businesses to the project.


The Jackson County Public Library recently hosted the first and second grades of the Kituwah Academy in Cherokee for a program about the Chinese New Year.

Library staff members Jenifer Ross and Sally Salyards (pictured above) read stories, made New Year Chinese Dragons, and had a parade with the children.

Using the Cherokee Language goals of the Kituwah Academy, the library staff created a handout in the Cherokee Syllabary and included some of the Cherokee words in the story and craft activity.

This program was co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva is part of the Fontana Regional Library system (http://www.fontanalib.org/).

For the 19th consecutive year, youth from First United Methodist Church (FUMC) will be hosting more than 80 teens during the 30 Hour Famine on Feb. 21-22.

As part of the Famine weekend, local participants will fast for 30 hours, collect canned goods for CareNet and donations for World Vision, and take part in activities to learn more about both the issues of hunger and ways to help. Participants will also perform hands-on service projects during the weekend in order to make a difference in the Franklin community. Prior to the event weekend, students raise funds with the knowledge that every $30 they raise can help feed and care for a child for a month.

“During the month of February, youth from many area churches are joining the efforts of hundreds of thousands of young people all over the nation to participate in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine to make a difference for people who are hungry in our local area and all over the world,” stated Rev. Margaret Freeman, Associate Pastor of FUMC in Franklin. “By going without food for 30 hours, these teens get a taste of what the world’s poorest children and families face every day.”


N.C. Cooperative Extension will hold a class on "Growing Shiitake Mushrooms." The class will be Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Macon County Environmental Resource Center. Preregistration is required. A $10 materials fee is due at registration.

Each participant should bring two hardwood logs (oak is preferred; no walnut or locust), 4 to 6 inches in diameter and 3 to 4 feet long. The logs should be fresh cut. This will be a hands on workshop. A classroom session will explain Shiitake growing and participants will then drill their logs and inoculate them with Shiitake mushroom "seed." Participants will leave the class with two inoculated Shiitake logs and the ability to inoculate more. The program is geared toward hobby growers.

Most of the program will be outside, so dress warmly. If you have an extra log to donate, a Shiitake demonstration area is being planned at the Environmental Resource Center. Register at the Macon County Cooperative Extension Center by Friday, Feb. 21. Call (828)349-2046 if you have any questions.

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