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“GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go alone through the grieving process after the death of a loved one,” explained Pastor Scott Eichelberger. “Our GriefShare program begins Thursday, Oct. 1, at First Alliance Church located at 31 Promise Lane in Franklin. We will meet weekly for 13 weeks from 1:30 to 3 p.m., downstairs in the church library.

“It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel,” he said. GriefShare was created to help people through this confusing time that can bring isolation and many questions about things never faced before.


Brent MartinBrent Martin will be reading from his newest book, “Hunting for Camellias on Horseshoe Bend” on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m., in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room.

Martin is the author of three chapbook collections of poetry - “Poems from Snow Hill Road” (New Native Press, 2007), “A Shout in the Woods” (Flutter Press, 2010), and “Staring the Red Earth Down” (Red Bird Press, 2014), and is a co-author of “Every Breath Sings Mountains” (Voices from the American Land, 2011) with authors Barbara Duncan and Thomas Rain Crowe.

His poetry and essays have been published in the North Carolina Literary Review, Pisgah Review, Tar River Poetry, Chattahoochee Review, Eno Journal, New Southerner, Kudzu Literary Journal, Smoky Mountain News, and elsewhere. He lives in the Cowee community in Western North Carolina and is currently serving as the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for the West.

For more information, call the library at (828)524-3600. the library is located at 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin.

A couple from Florida were vacationing in Franklin when their Australian cattledog named Jack went missing.

The owners were heartbroken, contacting Animal Control and placing ads in the local papers before heading home. As it happens, this story has a happy ending.

Jack walked right into the front door of Lowe’s in Franklin last Wednesday morning and Alice at the customer service desk called the Baileys after his microchip was scanned. He was so tired he could hardly stand and had very sore feet, but is home safe and sound in Florida.


Post Vice Commander Neal Riendeau presents Shriners Eldon Adimont and Lee Whittaker a check for $1,000 for the Shriners Children’s Hospital.

The American Legion Post 108 has made donations to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital since 1985.





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