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The Kiwanis Club of Franklin traditionally distributes dictionaries to the third grade students of Macon County.

Pictured is Kiwanian Chris Brouwer presenting dictionaries to Ms. Christy's classroom at the Highlands School.

In 2014, Macon County's Care Network distributed 480,920 pounds of food. To put that into perspective, if every one of the 35,000 residents in the entire county received a portion of last year's food allotment, each resident would receive about 14 pounds.

CareNet programs include the food pantry and Soup Cafe located on Bidwell Street which accounts for about 28,000 pounds of food for 2014. With a focus on our county's youth, CareNet distributed 16,486 back packs to students in Macon County who have been identified as food insecure or "at risk."

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Fifty years ago, a group of volunteers in Macon County recognized a need for a center of learning and resources for families in the community; a place to help farmers, to help new mothers, a place for homemakers to perfect their skills to best provide for their families. A place for artisans and craftsmen, which was a thriving industry at the time, to gather and work. With a mission of establishing such a place, Macon County resident Dorothy Crawford lead the charge in creating the facility we now know as Macon Program for Progress or MPP.

“What we set out to do over 50 years ago, is still the same focus of Macon Program for Progress today,” said Crawford during the Chamber’s celebration of MPP’s 50th anniversary. “And that is to improve the quality of life for the people and families of Macon County.”

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As celebrations erupted across the globe to usher in the New Year, Macon County welcomed in its own tradition to say good-bye to 2014.

More than 1,000 people filled Main Street in Franklin on New Year’s Eve for the first ever Ruby Drop sponsored by Motor Company Grill.

Just before midnight, as a red ruby comprised of 900 LED lights began to drop, a swarm of people began to countdown the final seconds of 2014, welcoming the dawn of a New Year.

 

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