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For the 20th year in a row, youth from First United Methodist Church will be hosting over 80 teens during the 30 Hour Famine on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 27-28.

“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 First United Methodist Church 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.”

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Western Carolina University will host its third annual Discovery Forum, an event designed to encourage young people to share innovative ideas for making their communities better places to live, on Tuesday, March 24.

A selection committee composed of university faculty and staff has issued a call for proposals from WCU undergraduate students interested in participating in the Discovery Forum. Deadline for submission of proposals is 5 p.m. Friday, March 6.

The forum, open to the public, will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. in the conference center of Blue Ridge Hall on the WCU campus.

Originally planned for October 2014, the third Discovery Forum has been rescheduled to coincide with another major campus event that focuses on student research, the annual Undergraduate Expo, said Brian Railsback, dean of the Honors College and chair of the forum selection committee. The Undergraduate Expo is set for March 23 and 24.

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The Nequassa Chapter of the Eastern Star gave $500 to the Macon County Historical Society Museum to be used to update the museum’s security system.

Pictured (L-R) are Bobby Poindexter, museum volunteer; Jean Farmer with the Easter Star; Robert Shook, museum director and Judy Wallace, with Eastern Star.

Photo by Vickie Carpenter

The family of Harley Carpenter Jr. gathered at his home in Franklin to celebrate his 91st birthday on Feb. 6.

Pictured are (front row, L-R) Rink Hallford, son-in-law; Jared Greer, great grandson; Harley Carpenter; Josie Hallford, great granddaughter; Evelyn Greer, daughter; (back row) Leigh Greer, granddaughter; Jacob Wilson, great grandson; Channing Hallford, great granddaughter; and Julie Hallford, granddaughter.

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