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Between one Franklin couple and droves of community support, the Hospice House Foundation of WNC (HHF) has raised another $120,000 toward the $2 million needed to make the facility a reality.

Last week, Michele Alderson with HHF announced that the community donated $50,000 toward a matching grant pledged by Joan and Bernard Maki earlier this year. The Makis first donated $50,000 to the facility, then pledged to donate another $50,000 if the HHF could raise $50,000 from the community, and that goal was met.

"We appreciate your support; as you are aware in these economic conditions, it’s really hard to raise money,” said Joan Maki at last week's commissioners' meeting. “Every bit of support you give us helps, and this gives us another step showing that we have community support in this wonderful project.” In addition to Maki, other citizens attended the commissioners’ meeting to show their dedication and support of the project.

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Six years ago, in a back room at the Boiler Room, with nearly every group in the county focused on preserving Macon County in attendance, conversation involving the future of Cowee School was started. Fast Forward to today, Macon County now has a heritage center that is open to the public year round with one focus, to preserve the heritage and culture of this county.

Bobby Kuppers, Vice-Chair of the Cowee School Advisory Board, spoke to commissioners last Tuesday night to boast about the successful venture at Cowee School and how 2015 is shaping up to be one of the best years on record for the heritage facility.

"The first piece of good news is that all of our rooms are in use, either by rent-paying tenants or our community partners," said Kuppers.

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Whether you have lived here for your entire life, or if you are planning your first vacation, Macon County has a variety of exciting adventures waiting for just about everybody this summer.

To help you plan your next adventure, here are the top 10 things to do in Macon County, as submitted by Macon County News readers.

1) Strap on your hiking boots.
With hundred of miles of hiking trails within Macon County, there is a trail for every skill level. From hosting miles of the Appalachian Trail as well as the Bartram Trail, there are hikes of all skill levels and lengths that meander through all areas of the county and take you on a foot tour of majestic mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls.

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Organization offers help for domestic violence victims.

One in four women will experience domestic violence and one in six women will experience sexual assault in their lifetime. Men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults in the United States and 1 in 33 are victims of sexual assault. And the most alarming statistic of them all, most domestic and sexual violence incidents are never reported.

Twenty-five years ago, an organization was formed in Macon County to end domestic violence. With LaVerne Rohrer as the first program director, and guided by a board of 16 directors, REACH of Macon County was established in 1990.

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