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Planning your next do-it-yourself or home improvement project? Donate blood or platelets during the American Red Cross “Building a Better Blood Supply” promotion January 1 through March 31, 2013, for your chance to win a $1,000 gift card to a home improvement store. Whether you’re looking for power tools, paint or your must-have DIY supplies, the Red Cross wants to reward donors who not only do-it-yourself, they do it for others.

Winter weather and busy schedules tend to keep donors away, but the need for blood is constant. The Red Cross relies on volunteer blood donations to fulfill hospital needs. With blood drives held every week throughout Macon County there are countless opportunities for donors to help improve the lives of others and possibly improve their homes, as well.

“Donating blood only takes about an hour, but the benefits can be lifesaving for a patient in your community,” said Delisa English, chief executive officer, Carolinas Blood Services Region. “This time of year is always challenging, but we hope our dedicated donors continue to make it a priority to build a better blood supply.”


Rising country music star and North Georgia native Corey Smith will be returning to the Orange Peel in Asheville on Dec. 29 to perform for what he says must be the dozenth time.

The small-town boy from Jefferson, Ga., started his professional career as a high school social studies teacher while moonlighting as a musician before deciding to become a fulltime, professional singer-songwriter when he was 28.

With nearly a decade passing since he decided to make the leap to full-time musician, Smith has demanded national attention and has grown a fan-base comparable to any rising mainstream artist. Smith, who was referred to as a $4 million musician in 2007, has continued to grow his fan base and build his reputation by taking it back to the basics.


Thanks to a large contingent of shoppers from Western Carolina University, the opening weekend of the 29th annual Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries event was one of the best in years, according to town merchants.

Hundreds of WCU faculty, staff and students convened in the town Friday, Dec. 7, for WCU Night at the event.

“We had a fantastic night,” said Lisa Potts, co-owner of Nancy Tut’s Christmas Shop and co-president of the Dillsboro Merchants Association.


The Franklin Lions Club in partnership with Ruby Cinemas, provides movies twice a week throughout the summer for kids and their families as well as summer camp participants at no charge. The program has been offered for many years, occurring two days a week. Two movies are shown twice a day and new ones are offered every week. Thousands of young people and adults have taken advantage of this free summer program.


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