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Before opening the February meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, Chairman Kevin Corbin took time to honor a special member of the community.

For more than 60 years, JC Jacobs has been a business owner and active member of the Macon County community.

First opening up the Twins’ Shop, then 55 years ago, opening up People's Department Store. Jacobs has created jobs and touched lives in Macon County for decades.

At the end of 2012, Jacobs announced that he would be be closing the doors at People's for the very last time.

For the 18th year in a row, youth from Franklin First United Methodist Church are leading the effort to collect food donations to support neighbors in need.

Last weekend, plastic food bags were distributed within the town limits of Franklin to encourage residents to support the 30-Hour Famine by filling these bags with staple goods for CareNet.

On Famine Saturday, Feb. 23, youth will pick up the bags from residences and collect contributions at local grocery stores. Donations may also be dropped off before Feb. 23, at First United Methodist Church, the Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store, Franklin Health and Fitness Center, Mountain View Intermediate School and Macon Early College.

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The Frankln Lions Club held a Community Service Partnership Night on Monday, Feb. 11, in the Angel Medical Center dining room.

Community members were presented certificates as a way of saying thank you for their support of Lions Club projects.

Those receiving awards were (L-R) Randy Hughes with Smoky Mtn. Toys for Tots; Betsey Gooder, publisher of The Macon County News; Glenda Sherman with Macon Program for Progress Holiday Angels; Susan Hart with N.C. Division of Services for the Blind; Jennifer Garrett, Macon County school nurse; Martha Peak with Angel Medical Center Catering and Ruth Henz-Stilwell, president of the Franklin Lions Club.

Jack Shields and Jessie Cagle Shields of Sylva will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, Saturday, Feb. 23, in the the fellowship hall at Locust Field Baptist church located on Mack Town Road in Dillsboro from 2 to 4 p.m.

The couple were married Feb. 23, 1963, in Walhalla, S.C.

They have two daughters, Lois Danner and husband Wiley, and Teresa Cabe and husband Mickey; two granddaughters, Jessica Cabe and Devon Danner, and one great-grandson Weston Cabe.

All family and friends are invited to celebrate with us. No gifts, please.

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