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Macon County's Human Resource Council will hold its annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration this Sunday at First United Methodist Church on Harrison Avenue in Franklin. The event, which is slated to begin at 3 p.m., will feature East Franklin Elementary Principal Shirley Ann West Parks as the guest speaker.

“It is an absolute honor to be chosen as the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration keynote speaker,” said Parks. “Not only because of the true momentousness of the occasion, but because of how respected Dr. King is by all of the people in our wonderful nation. Martin Luther King Jr. gave all of us a challenge to love, respect and nurture each other which is something that not only my speech, but my life is modeled after through my career in education.”


On the evening of Nov. 15, Andy Shaw Ford in partnership with Ford Motor Company and local charity, Full Spectrum Farms, hosted a Go Further With Ford Night event. The event drew more than 100 community members, who just by showing up, raised $1,000 for Full Spectrum Farms. Each individual had a chance to win a new 2013 Fusion, audition for a “Guest Judge Experience” and VIP package from “American Idol,” and test drive the 2013 Ford Fusion.

“Ford Motor Company and Andy Shaw Ford donated $20 for each person who registered that evening, up to a thousand dollars,” said Larry Hinton, general manager at Andy Shaw Ford. “Each person was entered into a drawing for a new Fusion and a trip to Hollywood,” he added. “People also had the opportunity to test their judging skills with ‘American Idol’ and possibly win a VIP prize package,” said Hinton.


On Nov. 3, North Carolina Karate Club traveled to Atlanta, Ga., for the Regional Camp and Testing. Forest Byrd and Nick Sprinkle of Franklin passed their black belt examinations.

Nick has been training for more than seven years. He says karate is great exercise and self-defense. Karate has also made him more aware of his surroundings. Obtaining his black belt made him proud that he had continued his karate training.

"I will continue doing karate for as long as I am able to train," he declared. When asked what he would tell someone else wanting to start karate, he replied, "You never know if you will like karate if you never try karate."


It’s a bird ... it’s a plane ... it’s a man in a crane?

For the past three years in January local Farm Bureau agent Patrick Jenkins has spent 48 hours suspended 60 feet in the air by a crane to raise donations for CareNet. The fourth annual “Cold for a Cause” event first began in 2010 when Jenkins decided to create a venue to collect food and clothing for CareNet. Jenkins spearheaded the donation drive to bring awareness and rally support for those in need within the community.

On Friday, Jan. 18, Jenkins will once again climb into the box to complete the feat in the name of the “Cold for a Cause” donation drive. Jenkins braves the cold day and night and says that he isn't the one that should be recognized for the event’s success, but instead those who come together to make the donations are the ones who should receive all the credit.


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