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In an effort to raise money for the babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mission Hospital in Asheville, the Tye Blanton Foundation will be holding a cornhole tournament on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Town of Canton Armory in Canton.

"Our goal is to have 40-plus teams registered to play Cornhole, but ultimately to raise $1,500 for the Tye Blanton Foundation," said Nathan Lowe, event coordinator.

The Tye Blanton Foundation offers an array of gifts to NICU parents, from preemie clothing to overnight essential bags and gas cards, because after all, no one prepares to have their baby early. The foundation also provides items like swings, bouncy seats, mobiles and bedding to the unit to make the babies’ stay as comfortable as possible. This even includes coloring books for their siblings and assuring their families are not forgotten each holiday.


At a recent Battle of Sugartown Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution meeting, Eleanor Kraus was presented with a 25 years membership certificate. Pictured (L-R) are Judy Hughes, regent; Eleanor Kraus, past regent and Margie Keener, registrar of the chapter.


The Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin winter’s $1,000 scholarship recipient is Josh Fuller, who has now received two of the annual club’s scholarships. Fuller is attending Western Carolina University with hopes of graduating in the spring of 2013.

The Gem Society offers one to two scholarships twice yearly to any student in North Carolina studying geology. With Fuller is Jean Emerson, scholarship chairman. Photo by Linda Behr

The Factory donated close to a ton of canned goods to Macon County CareNet in Franklin, collecting 1,937 pounds of food. This helped CareNet during one of their toughest times of the year – the winter months.

“What a beautiful thing it is when we ... work together to meet the needs of our community. Hunger is a feeling that no one should ever have to experience," says Jonathan Drake, manager of The Factory.


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