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Each year, organizations across North Carolina team up with Safe Kids and the Department of Justice for drug takeback events to properly dispose of unused and unwanted medication.

Locally, the Macon County Sheriff's Department, along with both the Franklin and Highlands Police Departments work together throughout the year for Operation Pill Crusher. Through events that coincide with the state's Operation Medicine Drop, as well as each law enforcement agency having permanent medication drop boxes, Macon County officials work year round to keep unwanted medicines off the streets.

Last Saturday, the Macon County Sheriff's Department collected 18,286 pills during its annual spring drug take-back event. Since October 2014, through similar events as well as their permanent drop box, the sheriff's department has collected 90,462 pills.

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Harry Taylor continues his Vietnam veteran series.

Nathan B. “Nat” Henry has a bridge named for him on Highway 441 heading toward downtown Franklin. How do you happen to have a bridge named for you? Actually, it is quite simple. As a young man, Nat Henry was drafted by the United States Army, and went off to war in Vietnam. During the course of his tour, he managed to amass two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and a pot-load of other medals and citations. He also survived almost six years as a Prisoner of War of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA). It sounds like more than enough reasons for him to have a bridge with his name on it.

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Beginning March 23, former Macon County resident and 2004 Franklin High School graduate, Paige Rankin, and two other photographers will be embarking on a three-month cross-country road trip called the 12x12 Initiative. The Initiative, which was founded by Rankin, exists with the hope of connecting people with causes through the power of story. Their motto is "Stories Matter" and their goal is to collect and share stories from the individuals and organizations they meet along the way.

Throughout their travels, Rankin and her team will be partnering with 12 nonprofit organizations to help them share their stories. Organizations like Siloam Health in Nashville, Tenn., a charitable clinic for the uninsured who prioritizes care for those with no other options; and Daily Bread Ministries in San Antonio, Texas, a faithbased food ministry which has quietly become a major supplier of rescued food to San Antonio’s often overlooked and frequently underserved “poorest of the poor.”

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More than 60 people from all over Western North Carolina gathered in Franklin on Sunday, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 54-mile trek from Selma, Ala., to the state's capitol in Montgomery.

"The purpose of the march was to honor those marchers who were brutalized by police 50 years ago in Selma, Ala., who were marching to Montgomery in demands for voting rights," said Enrique Gomez, president of the Jackson County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). "The focus of our march was to draw parallels between the situation in the South in 1965 and what we see today with current voting legislation in N.C. We say that North Carolina is our Selma."

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