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The Sylva Rotary Club sponsors a weekly storytime for preschoolers at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva on Monday mornings. The final February “Rotary Readers” program will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 27th. Beginning in March, the time will move to 11:00 a.m. every Monday. The theme for the month of March will be the books of Dr. Seuss.

Rotary International, whose motto is “Service Above Self,” has a long history of promoting both adult and childhood literacy.


In 2004, a partnership began between Western North Carolina and Western Panama in Central America. That’s when some local Rotary Clubs and a Rotary Club in Boquete Panama decided make a partnership to help rural schools and their students by providing supplies and doing renovations.

Since then over a ton of supplies, $15,000 in cash, and nearly 3000 hours of labor have been provided by students and adults from this region.


The Franklin Main Street Program has begun a new initiative to encourage volunteerism in the community. Franklin Friends’ goal is to match volunteers with the many events and projects within the program district.

“Volunteers help make Franklin a great place to live, work, and play. All members of the community who would like to get involved with the many projects in our vibrant downtown district are encouraged to get involved. We need and welcome all forms of help – your time, talents, creativity and energy,” said Linda Schlott, Franklin Main Street Program Executive Director.

Franklin Friends’ new initiative is being sponsored this year by Macon Bank.




Franklin local Duncan Thompson was the lucky winner of the 2012 Davidson's Gallery of Guns.com Television show trivia contest. The nationwide contest is open to viewers of the Gallery of Guns.com show which airs on the Sportsman’s Channel. Participants had to correctly answer the on-air trivia question before they could be entered into the national drawing which was held on January 10, 2012.

Mr. Thompson received his choice of any firearm featured during the 2011 season of Gallery of Guns Television with a maximum value of $2,995. Davidson's was pleased to ship a brand new Les Baer Customs Ultimate .308 Match to Black Dog Guns of Franklin, located at 520A E. Main St., where Duncan Thompson claimed his prize.


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