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On Sept. 2, 2011, 11 years after first being diagnosed with breast cancer, Cindy Crane lost the battle. During the more than ten years Crane fought for her life, she saw firsthand the financial difficulties that cancer places on families and wanted to do what she could to lessen that burden for others.

The Cindy Crane Cancer Fund was established by Crane's family in her memory and is intended to offer financial assistance to Macon County families affected by cancer. “My family has discussed each year having a different type of tournament to raise money for the Cancer Fund,” said Stephanie Crane Bowles, Crane's eldest daughter. “Last year we held a golf tournament and this year it is a corn hole tournament at the Macon County Recreation Park that will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, from noon until 5 p.m.”


Members of the Blaine family met Sunday, Oct. 20, for their 66th Reunion at Louisa Chapel Fellowship Hall.

Attending were (front row, seated, L-R) Morris Case, Jay Still, Sarah Baumann, Mildred Swafford, Sylvia Ramsey, Nell Green; (second row,L-R) Betty Case, Jan Still, Mary Waldt, Bobbie Stevenson, Billy Stevenson, Emma Fisher, Norma Fisher, Alice Fisher; (third row, L-R) Barbara Blaine, Betty Penland, Charlotte Dickerson, Debra Dickerson, Donna Owens, Peggy Whisnant, Sydney Robison, Faye Vinson, Lisa Field; (back row, L-R) Judy Neely, Hugh Blaine, Charlie Blaine, Sean Dickerson, J.D. Whisnant, Riley Dickerson, Edwin Blaine, Ellen Shope Clark Shope, Ginny Cabe, Bud Shope, Gerald Fisher, Don Fisher, Abby Murray, Randy Reece, and Edna Reece.

Macon County Commissioner Ronnie Beale installed the 2014 officers for The Gem & Mineral Society, from left, Susan Fritz, secretary; Norman Holbert, assistant treasurer; Marie Tsacrios, treasurer; Ray Behr, vice-president; Arlon Eldridge, president; Marty Martinez, board member; Tom Marsh, board member; Diane Aiello, board member; and Linda Smith, board member.

The society maintains the Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum in downtown Franklin. Photo by Amy Fritz

The St. Francis Women's Guild presented a check for $500 to the Hospice House Foundation of Western North Carolina.

The women's guild wants to challenge other organizations to help raise the $3 million remaining to renovate the former Dryman home on Maple Street in Franklin to a hospice facility.


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