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Groups come together to recognize persons of the year

Citizens in Macon County came together Tuesday night at the county’s extension center to honor their respective community development associations. The groups were extremely appreciative of the Macon County Board of Commissioners for their support, and they were also grateful to have the opportunity to come together and celebrate all of their hard work.

The community development associations began in the 1950s and have been going strong ever since. The associations do a variety of different things in their communities, including fund raisers for people in need, scholarship awards, beautification projects, road clean-ups, musical events, and historic renovations among other things.

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Phil Drake, owner of Drake Enterprises, parent company of Drake Software, along with 19 other businesses, turned 60 on Friday, Oct. 14.

As a gift to him, employees of Drake Enterprises signed a very large birthday card and secretly donated 721 pounds of canned food and dry goods to surprise him on his birthday.

All the food collected was donated to CareNet of Macon County in Drake’s name.

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Jan Revis, right, financial services officer at First Citizens Bank, presents a $500 check from the bank to Sonja Haynes, left, Southwestern Community College executive director of business and institutional development, for the college’s New Century Scholars program.

New Century Scholars is a locally-funded initiative that assists local students with a college education.

Selecting students at the end of their 6th grade year, the NCS program improves academic readiness, bolsters student persistence toward high school graduation and increases the college-going rate, according to Haynes.

“We appreciate First Citizens helping our students reach these goals,” said Haynes, who can be contacted at (828)339-4218.

A recent event was held at the Spring Ridge Creamery to raise funds for the Judy Moore Memorial Scholarship Endowment – an affiliate of the NC Community Foundation. The event raised more than $1,200 for the endowment.

A raffle was included in the activities with Judy Hughes of Franklin winning the handmade quilt and Connery Elliott of Gainsville, Ga., winning the chain saw. This Scholarship Program for Nurses was established in 1997 as a memorial to Judy Moore, RN who was killed in a tragic accident in 1996.

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