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The Scottish Tartans Museum held the drawing for a basket of three generations of pottery, a piece of the Franklin tartan, and gift shop goodies on Tartan Day, April 6.

Visitor Laurel Laseter of South Macon Elementary drew the winning ticket and presented it to Jim Akins, president of the board of directors. Laurel is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Laseter.

When the winner was notified he replied, “Let the raffle continue on, I am donating it back to the museum,” so the raffle continues until June 20, 2015.

Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. You do not have to be present to win.

From left, front row, are Maggie Baker, Emma Baker and Camille Jordan; and back row, Sara Walker, Alisa Campbell, Lillian O'Neal, show their Certificates of Achievement for completing a Manners and Character Development Class on March 31.

The class is given for young ladies between the ages of 9 and 12 to familiarize them with the basics of politeness and consideration of others.

The four, weekly sessions are given by Irene Witherspoon of Franklin and the next classes will begin April 28.

Reservations for classes can be made at (828)369-1923.

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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