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Photo by Bob ScottSome dedicated Macon County, town and school officials turned out in purple tutus to take a stand against pancreatic cancer at Saturday's Stomp Out Cancer event at the First United Methodist Church.

It was Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day in the U.S.

The event was held to raise awareness so more funds could go towards research of the illness.

Jim and Shirley Dusek will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 29, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church. (No gifts please).

They will be joined by their children Stephen from Ellijay, Ga., and Lisa from Orlando, Fla., and their four grandchildren.

The Duseks served as pastors of the First Baptist Church in Franklin from 1978 through 1982.

After ministering in Florida for 23 years, they returned to Franklin in 2004 for their retirement.

They have served at First Baptist Church and currently Oak Grove Baptist Church.

The Macon County Public Library is announcing the winter schedule for computer classes. Each class is stand alone, which means you sign up for the ones you want and skip the ones you don’t. Classes will be on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings, and will be approximately one and a half hours in length. Registration is required.

For more information, or to sign up for a class, visit the Macon County Public Library, call (828)524-3600, or email class instructor Chris Wilder at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Hotchkiss spoke recently at the Franklin Kiwanis meeting about his high intensity exercise facility located on Sloan Road in Franklin.

The program requires 20 minutes per week of high intensity isometric exercises followed by a week of recovery.

The goal is to increase strength and rebuild muscle loss. Hotchkiss is an RN and certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic programming, and massage therapist.

Pictured (L-R) are Richard Hotchkiss, owner of Exercise Thru the Ages and Beverly Barnett, president of Franklin Kiwanis

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