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Friends and family of Sophia Holland are invited to a drop-in celebration of her 90th birthday on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cullasaja Fire Department.

No gifts please.



On Sunday, Oct. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m., an Open House will be held at Franklin Covenant Church commemorating the 50 years of Christian missionary service at home and abroad of Herman F. Weits.

Herman pastored various churches in Michigan, New Jersey and Vermont while waiting for the call to serve in the mission field. An opportunity came through Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He then served with YWAM in his home country, the Netherlands, as well as in Curacao, several S.E. Asia countries and mostly in Indonesia.

Herman’s wife Ros served three years as an elementary school teacher and eight years as a house mother to 14 orphaned children with S.O.S. Kinderdorfin Lembang, West Java, Indonesia. She later joined YWAM in Indonesia. It was there that she met Herman. They were married in August 1988. Together they served with YWAM in Australia.


First Presbyterian Church, Franklin, welcomed Kimberly L. Justice as the new pastor to the congregation on Sept. 16. Rev. Justice grew up in Cleveland, Tenn., graduated with a B.A. in English from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and received her Master of Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary, Atlanta, Ga. She has served as Chaplain’s Assistant to the Methodist Children’s Home, Decatur, Ga., and as a Chaplain in Kenya, as well as solo pastor to her previous congregation in eastern North Carolina.

In accepting the call to Franklin, Rev. Justice wrote to the congregation, “I believe that being a Christian is anything but stuffy, and seek to live a life that radiates the joy of a relationship with Christ.”


Macon Program for Progress, Inc. (MPP) is providing technical assistance for licensed child care providers to support families in becoming advocates for their children in relation to child development, community services, and making a successful transition to public school.

In December 2011, North Carolina was named with eight other states as a winner of the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Grant (Rtt-ELC) competition jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. The State of North Carolina was awarded funds to implement several key initiatives to improve early learning and development programs and state systems supporting young children who are disadvantaged. Among these initiatives is a project activity that will create family engagement (F-E) technical assistance “hubs” across the state, leveraging the expertise of N.C. Head Start and Early Head Start programs to lead them.


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