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For those in Franklin suffering from cardiac and pulmonary illnesses, the rehabilitation they need after treatment may now become affordable.

Last Saturday, Angel Medical Center held its first annual “Macon Your Heart Beat” 5K walk/run event, to raise funds for its Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program on the Little Tennessee Greenway. The program allows patients to properly recuperate from treatment, which according to program director Tom Forkner, is rarely fully covered by insurance plans.

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Department Firefighters of the Year announced at annual banquet

County Ranger Bobby Mashburn with the North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS) was honored on Saturday for his hard work and service to the county at the annual Firefighter of the Year Banquet of the Macon County Firefighters Association (MCFA). The special accolade came as a surprise to Mashburn, who was described at the banquet as someone who preferred to remain out of the limelight and behind the scenes.

Mashburn, who has worked with the Forest Service in Macon County since 1987, took over from Donnie Seagle as County Ranger in 2001. Only two full-time NCFS employees and a seasonal forest service firefighter are responsible for protecting more than 170,000 acres of state and private forestland in the county from wildfires.

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Figures obtained from the Franklin Board of Realtors MLS Data of homes sold through a Realtor says that homes are selling. In 2010, 300 homes were sold in our area versus 269 in 2009; a 10.33 percent increase. This data along with continued near all-time low interest rates may suggest that the area home market is trending upwards; good news for anyone involved in related fields. As of April 8, 2011, a 30- year conventional fixed rate loan was under five percent as reported by Advantage Loans, Inc., Fayetteville.

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Over 18,000 without power for days - Duke Energy struggling to repair area lines

A severe weather system moving through the Carolinas on Monday night and Tuesday morning caused widespread power outages and significant structural damage in the mountain region and as far east as Charlotte and Greensboro. More than 250,000 customers reportedly lost power in Duke Energy’s Carolinas service area. While power for many has already been restored, some customers should expect to wait until Friday or even the weekend before they have electricity again.

Sixty- to 70-mile-per-hour wind gusts and driving rain uprooted large trees and downed electric poles and power lines in various parts of the region.

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