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Franklin High School students voted on its Mr. & Ms. FHS court this past week. The teachers at Franklin High School nominated the court and the students voted.

The winners will be named at a dance to be held Saturday, Feb. 28, from 8 to 11 p.m. in the FHS gym.

Pictured (front row, L-R) are Kylie Ball, Payton Burrell, Brooke Watson, Ashlyn Carruthers, Alexandra Houston, Olivia Coulter, Vanessa Agrusa, Kendyll Taylor, Adrienne Holland, Mackenzie Hayles, Avery Graham, Jaylyn Field, Kayla Cabe, Charidy Ledford; (second row, L-R) Drew Braswell, Silas Raby, Dylan Southard, Jackson Perone, Jackson Norton, Landon Potter, Trey Maslin, Blaine Moss, Tristan Lamb, Tucker Raby, Evan Fowler, Bryson Burt, Trevor Rogers, and Caleb Moss.

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Old Man Winter took a break this past Saturday, Feb. 7, for the first ever “Love is in the Air 5K Fun Run/Walk” at South Macon Elementary School. Despite freezing weather in the previous several weeks, Saturday blossomed into a dazzling, sunny day with temperatures reaching the mid 60’s and a slight breeze making the day nearly perfect for the event and the participants.

The “run” was intended to raise public awareness about multiple sclerosis and also to raise money for research into the causes and possible cures for this mysterious, debilitating disease. Dryman’s Chapel United Methodist Church, pastored by Rev. Janet J. Greene, was the driving force behind this event. The proceeds are to be donated to MS research in honor of Kevin Bell, who is a member of the congregation.

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Alton DealVictory Baptist Church will hold revival meetings beginning Sunday, Feb. 15, through Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Dr. Alton Beal, president of Ambassador Baptist College in Lattimore, N.C., will be the guest speaker. Dr. Beal will speak at 11 a.m., and 6 p.m., on Sunday.

Monday through Wednesday, night services will begin at 7 p.m.

A nursery will be provided during each service and everyone is invited to attend.

Victory is located midway between Sylva and Franklin on top of Cowee Mountain.

On Monday, Jan. 26, Macon Bank gave a $25,000 donation to REACH of Macon County, Inc. for their Capital Campaign.

REACH is considered a dual agency that was established to “provide intervention, prevention, and coordinated community response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Macon and Jackson Counties. REACH is a multifaceted agency that runs a variety of programs including Court Advocacy, 24-hour emergency hotline, violence prevention education and anti-bullying and shelter for domestic violence and sexual assault victims.

“This contribution will allow REACH to help more of those in need, in Macon and Jackson County. Macon Bank is proud to support this program,” said Roger Plemens, president and CEO of Macon Bank.

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