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Volunteer group marks successes of past 10 years.

“How’d you come through it?” is shorthand for folks on the Gulf Coast. No one asks what “it” is. People know “it” means Hurricane Katrina. People share if they lost anyone, the height of the water where they lived and how they survived. While some people were home within a year of Hurricane Katrina, for many it took years. There are still people not back in their homes. Damaged communities have been a day in, day out reality for tens of thousands of people for nearly 4,000 days, yet it seems to make the news largely on the anniversary, Aug. 29. This year, at the milestone of ten years, there was more than the usual news coverage.


Church sponsors event for disabled students and vets.

Next week, a group of disabled students and veterans will head into the forest of Macon County for the third annual CAMO (Christians Actively Ministering Outdoors) Deer Hunt sponsored by Pine Grove Baptist Church.

"In January of this year we sent out letters to Mountain View Intermediate, the middle school, and high school asking for students that would be interested in going turkey hunting and deer hunting that met the criteria," said Mickey Carpenter with the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. "We received applications back from the parents and selected 10 students to go. We also reached out to about 15 veterans that met the criteria to go on a hunt as well."


For the last couple of years, Venture Local Franklin (VLF) has been organizing mobs to raid local businesses and plague owners with cold hard cash. The almost-monthly cash mobs descend on locally owned businesses, both old and new, and a group of anything-but-angry mobsters flood the shop with sales and mini-shopping sprees.

"It's an honor and a privilege to be a part of Franklin's shop local initiative, Cash Mob Franklin," said Matt Bateman, one of the leaders behind the cash mob initiative. "The consistent support from this community should provide encouragement to those looking to start their own business in Franklin."

On Friday, around 50 people poured into newlyopened Fox Mercantile and overwhelmed owner Nick Potts with support for VLF's 23rd cash mob. In just a two- hour period, Potts reported his store completed nearly 40 transactions. Between the two-hour period on Friday designated for the mob and the other supporters who dropped into throughout the day to beat the crowd, the cash mob more than served its purpose of providing the local business with a quick economic boost.


According to FeedingAmerica.org, in 2013, 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 33.3 million adults and 15.8 million children. One in six people faced hunger in Western North Carolina last year. Four out of five households needing support were living on less than $20,000 a year; 75 percent of people polled said they were forced to choose between paying for food or paying for utilities, according to the study done by MANNA Food Bank and Feeding America.

To spread awareness locally during Hunger Action Month, Shaina Adkins, executive director of CareNet, is teaming up with Jennifer Trippe with MANNA FoodBank for a poverty simulation.

"I truly believe this is a wonderful opportunity to not only spread awareness of the issues of poverty – i.e. hunger, job-loss, medical/mental health, etc. – that members, neighbors and loved ones, right here in our community face but also an opportunity to truly empathize and reflect on the opportunities we all share as leaders within the community to provide a voice for action against poverty," said Adkins.


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