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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.


Conversion vehicle save hundreds in fuel costs.

Every morning, at around 6:30, 31-year-old Chris Mobley wakes up at his home in Franklin and heads to work in Haywood County.

The trip is no short commute, lasting roughly half an hour to and from his job in Waynesville, where he works as an electrician.

While snaking north through U.S. 441, with National Public Radio blaring over the radio, Mobley doesn’t have to worry about fueling up as often as other drivers. Because while other drivers may have to stop and buy gas, he is driving a truck that runs mostly off of standard vegetable oil—something which he maintains has many benefits.


‘Tough Guy’ calendars raise funds for ‘Last Chance.’

Every year, countless stray dogs and cats are euthanized in Macon County, and despite their best efforts, organizations like Macon County Animal Control and the Humane Society can barely make a dent in the numbers.

However, with the help of some organizations such grim numbers are becoming greatly reduced. German Angel, of Franklin, says that stray pets do not have to die needlessly.


The Good Shepherd Lutheran Women’s Community Missions League have prepared the first annual Christmas food boxes to be distributed into the community with assistance from Hazel Finley, director of the Second Mile Ministries at Holly Springs Baptist Church.

Pictured are members of the Lutheran Women’s Missions League (L-R) Dru Kutcher, Nancy Wiley, Dee Rodeffer-Cooper, Linda Lorenz, Marion Maynard, Karen Holt, Bobbie Sword, Ginger Wright and Dee Zaske.


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