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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva has announced the featured title for its next Book Ends Bookclub discussion, which will take place at the library on Monday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m.

Library staff member Angela Zoran will facilitate the discussion of “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage,” by Alfred Lansing.

In 1914, explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men embarked on an epic adventure to be the first to cross the Antarctic on foot. This is the tale of an amazing journey that defied all odds. It vividly portrays how inspiring leadership and the indomitable human spirit helped these men survive for 20 months in the world's most formidable environment. Every single man made it home safely.

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The first baby to be born in Franklin in the New Year was born to Francisca Diaz and Euctacico Morga Santiago.

Eric Alexander Norga was born on Jan. 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm. The baby boy weighed seven pounds and was 20 inches long.

Photo by Vickie Carpenter.

The Community Table, Sylva’s local food bank, is gearing up for the holiday weekend and anticipate serving more meals this year than ever before.

The Community Table is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and MANNA Food Bank Partner Agency, that has been serving nutritious meals to its neighbors in need since 1999.

“It is our vision that no one in Jackson County goes to bed hungry,” reads the organization’s website. The Table was founded to provide a welcoming place for all kinds of people to gather for a good, free meal. Everyone is welcomed at The Table, regardless of level of need, and there is never a fee for their services.

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A variety of polls in recent years have displayed the widespread ignorance of many Americans on topics relating to politics, history, finance, and most surprisingly, religion. A 2010 Pew Research poll on religion and public life and a 2009 George Barna study revealed some insights into how little Americans know about their own religious beliefs, and unfortunately, the results would probably disappoint many Christians. While 83 percent of Americans identify themselves as Christian, nearly 60 percent of Christians cannot name half of the Ten Commandments or the four gospels of the New Testament, according to the 2009 George Barna study.

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