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Alton DealVictory Baptist Church will hold revival meetings beginning Sunday, Feb. 15, through Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Dr. Alton Beal, president of Ambassador Baptist College in Lattimore, N.C., will be the guest speaker. Dr. Beal will speak at 11 a.m., and 6 p.m., on Sunday.

Monday through Wednesday, night services will begin at 7 p.m.

A nursery will be provided during each service and everyone is invited to attend.

Victory is located midway between Sylva and Franklin on top of Cowee Mountain.

On Monday, Jan. 26, Macon Bank gave a $25,000 donation to REACH of Macon County, Inc. for their Capital Campaign.

REACH is considered a dual agency that was established to “provide intervention, prevention, and coordinated community response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Macon and Jackson Counties. REACH is a multifaceted agency that runs a variety of programs including Court Advocacy, 24-hour emergency hotline, violence prevention education and anti-bullying and shelter for domestic violence and sexual assault victims.

“This contribution will allow REACH to help more of those in need, in Macon and Jackson County. Macon Bank is proud to support this program,” said Roger Plemens, president and CEO of Macon Bank.


Franklin’s inaugural “Love is in the Air 5K Fun Run/Walk to raise monies for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research will take place at South Macon Elementary School on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. Registration for runners and walkers begins at 1 p.m. The race entry fee is $20 before the day of the event and $25 on race day.

The fund-raising event is sponsored by Dryman’s Chapel United Methodist Church, pastored by Rev. Janet J. Green. The congregation is raising funds to support research into the causes and treatment of MS. This event is being held in honor of church member, Kevin Bell, who has had MS for several years. All proceeds from the race will be donated to The National MS Society Greater Carolina Chapter, in honor of Bell, to fund further research.


You wouldn't know it by looking at him, always smiling and full of life, but in reality, three-year-old Caleb Watson is fighting for his life and has been doing so since he was just 14 months old.

Just after his first birthday, Caleb was diagnosed with pediatric cancer, sending him and his family into a spiral of doctor visits and treatment facilities all over the state. Still undergoing constant treatment as his condition has worsened, members of the Macon County Community have banded together to rally around sweet little Caleb and do whatever they can to help "Cure Caleb."

Last Saturday, cars were lined down the side of Addington Bridge Road and South Macon Elementary School's parking lot was overflowing as hundreds of people came out to attend a benefit to raise money for the family. According to Lynn Fish, a friend and co-worker of Colleen, Caleb's grandmother, the fundraiser served more than 700 people with either a BBQ or hotdog dinner. With a raffle, face painting, a cake walk, and other fundraising activities, the event raised more than $33,000 for Caleb and his family.


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