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When his mother Laura was diagnosed with breast cancer last September, Michael Vargas began thinking of ways he could help. At just 13 years old, Michael put his creative juices to work designing a mascot to encourage his mother while she underwent treatment.

He may not have cured cancer, but Michael’s creativity and drive have certainly been an inspiration to Laura as she has fought to beat the disease. Thus was born Stella, a mean, lean, cancer fighting machine. Fully decked out in armor and a radiation gun as an arm, Michael created a robot design to help his mother tackle cancer.

Before her own diagnosis, Laura was no stranger to cancer. Laura’s mother had breast cancer three years ago at 69 years old and Laura’s grandmother had breast cancer twice, first at 47, the same age Laura is now, and then again 15 years later. Laura’s grandmother’s sister also had breast cancer. Because of her family history with cancer, Laura’s doctor recommended she undergo genetic testing.

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John and Dorothy Crawford were awarded the 2013 Citizen(s) of the Year Award on Tuesday evening at the annual Franklin Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet.

Franklin Chamber of Commerce board member Stacy Guffey, who presented the award, reviewed the rich history of the couple who will celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary this year. They met in 1940 while studying at the University of North Carolina and were married in 1942, moving back to John's hometown of Franklin in 1945.

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Macon County Commissioners opened January’s monthly meeting by recognizing one of the last surviving World War II veterans in the county. “As chairman, every once in a while I get the chance to honor our citizens, and today I am proud to honor Rich Robb who turned 90 on Sunday,” said Chairman Kevin Corbin. “We have commissioners meetings every month, sometimes twice a month, but Rich and his wife Cate never miss a meeting.”

Rich, who celebrated his 90th birthday this weekend with family and friends, moved to Macon County in 1980 after retiring from 22 years of service as a Police Chief in Florida.

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Education at the forefront of King’s drive to overcome adversity

The Macon County Human Relations Council hosted the annual “Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Franklin on Sunday. During what has become a yearly event, the Sunday before Martin Luther King Day, residents gather at FUMC to listen to King’s famous, “I Have a Dream,” speech while remembering the immeasurable impact King has had on acceptance and tolerance in our society. Music was provided by the Western Carolina Inspirational Choir along with congregational selections "Lift Every Voice and Sing," and "We Shall Overcome."

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