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Rotary Club of Franklin President Gary Dills (L) presents Operational Renewal Club Chairman Tom James (R) a check in the amount of $10,000 from Rotary District 7670 to the club's Operation Renewal Project that assists homeless veterans through vocational training and support for their future.

The presentation was made at the Jan. 23 club meeting.

Students at Macon Early College are especially geared toward community service projects. While the unique school offers students the opportunity to get two free years of college education while still in high school, it does come with a cost, a cost the students don't mind at all.

Students at MEC are responsible for completing a number of community service hours as a way of paying it forward. "The students here are given the gift of a two year college education, so they look at community service projects as a way to give back and thank the community for making a difference in their lives," said MEC teacher Nancy Ritter.


Carol Bowen accepts a check for $2,000, a portion of the proceeds from the Highlands Annual Christmas Dinner from Marty Rosenfield, on right, and Ricky Siegel to benefit the Highlands School Library.



In an effort to raise money for the babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mission Hospital in Asheville, the Tye Blanton Foundation will be holding a cornhole tournament on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Town of Canton Armory in Canton.

"Our goal is to have 40-plus teams registered to play Cornhole, but ultimately to raise $1,500 for the Tye Blanton Foundation," said Nathan Lowe, event coordinator.

The Tye Blanton Foundation offers an array of gifts to NICU parents, from preemie clothing to overnight essential bags and gas cards, because after all, no one prepares to have their baby early. The foundation also provides items like swings, bouncy seats, mobiles and bedding to the unit to make the babies’ stay as comfortable as possible. This even includes coloring books for their siblings and assuring their families are not forgotten each holiday.


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