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Old Man Winter took a break this past Saturday, Feb. 7, for the first ever “Love is in the Air 5K Fun Run/Walk” at South Macon Elementary School. Despite freezing weather in the previous several weeks, Saturday blossomed into a dazzling, sunny day with temperatures reaching the mid 60’s and a slight breeze making the day nearly perfect for the event and the participants.

The “run” was intended to raise public awareness about multiple sclerosis and also to raise money for research into the causes and possible cures for this mysterious, debilitating disease. Dryman’s Chapel United Methodist Church, pastored by Rev. Janet J. Greene, was the driving force behind this event. The proceeds are to be donated to MS research in honor of Kevin Bell, who is a member of the congregation.

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Alton DealVictory Baptist Church will hold revival meetings beginning Sunday, Feb. 15, through Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Dr. Alton Beal, president of Ambassador Baptist College in Lattimore, N.C., will be the guest speaker. Dr. Beal will speak at 11 a.m., and 6 p.m., on Sunday.

Monday through Wednesday, night services will begin at 7 p.m.

A nursery will be provided during each service and everyone is invited to attend.

Victory is located midway between Sylva and Franklin on top of Cowee Mountain.

On Monday, Jan. 26, Macon Bank gave a $25,000 donation to REACH of Macon County, Inc. for their Capital Campaign.

REACH is considered a dual agency that was established to “provide intervention, prevention, and coordinated community response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Macon and Jackson Counties. REACH is a multifaceted agency that runs a variety of programs including Court Advocacy, 24-hour emergency hotline, violence prevention education and anti-bullying and shelter for domestic violence and sexual assault victims.

“This contribution will allow REACH to help more of those in need, in Macon and Jackson County. Macon Bank is proud to support this program,” said Roger Plemens, president and CEO of Macon Bank.

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Franklin’s inaugural “Love is in the Air 5K Fun Run/Walk to raise monies for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research will take place at South Macon Elementary School on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. Registration for runners and walkers begins at 1 p.m. The race entry fee is $20 before the day of the event and $25 on race day.

The fund-raising event is sponsored by Dryman’s Chapel United Methodist Church, pastored by Rev. Janet J. Green. The congregation is raising funds to support research into the causes and treatment of MS. This event is being held in honor of church member, Kevin Bell, who has had MS for several years. All proceeds from the race will be donated to The National MS Society Greater Carolina Chapter, in honor of Bell, to fund further research.

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