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Shaina Adkins, Executive Director of Macon County Carenet spoke to members of the Rotary Club of Franklin August 15 about the organizations efforts in serving the community.

Care Net has helped over 670 familes year to date and has distributed over 100 thousand pounds of food to needy familes while taking in over 50 thousand pounds of donated food.

CareNet is in need of personal hygiene donations from the community to provide for needy families.

When schools throughout Macon County opened their doors in early August, one school shut its doors for good. Although Cowee Valley Elementary school will no longer be filled with students each year, it will continue to teach generations in the community for years to come.

A plan that has been several years in the makings is closer to coming to fruition for what to do with the historic school, which first opened its doors in 1941. Last Tuesday, Stacy Guffey with the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee River presented county commissioners with a business plan to turn the former school into a multi-purpose facility for the Cowee Community.

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The American Red Cross faces a critical need for blood donations as summer winds down and the Labor Day holiday approaches.

Although an emergency appeal for donors in early summer temporarily stopped a decline in donations, results from July show that Red Cross blood donations for the month were the lowest they had been since 1996. In fact, blood donations through the Red Cross hit a 15-year low earlier this summer.

“Anyone who gave blood at the start of summer may be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close,” said Delisa English, chief executive officer of the Carolinas Blood Services Region. “Rolling up a sleeve and helping save lives can be a special way to celebrate the Labor Day holiday this year.”

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Elizabeth Birolin spoke at a recent Kiwanis of Franklin meeting sharing her volunteer experiences in Key Club (the high school version of Kiwanis) and how those experiences built her self-esteem and prepared her for college.

Birolin served as Secretary for Key Club 2008-2009 and as President for Key Club 2009-2010 while attending Macon Early College.

Birolin is currently studying art with an emphasis in Graphic Design at Brevard College.

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