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Relay for Life event brings cancer awareness to the forefront

Franklin’s annual Relay for Life, “Through the Decades,” was held Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, at the Franklin High School football field.

Becky Ramey and Toby Blanton, the organizers for the Relay for Life walk conducted the opening ceremonies which began at 7 p.m. A few statistics were given to show how prevalent cancer is and how much good Relay for Life is doing. The Relay for Life walk has been going on for 27 years nationwide. As of April, the organization has raised $4 billion for cancer research and treatment; that means that 350 more lives are saved per day compared to the early ’90s. This event marks the 98th birthday of American Cancer Society with 11 million cancer survivors alive today.


Bi-Lo of Franklin is currently in the middle of its annual five-week charity drive. Each year a different community organization is selected for the drive. This year the managers are raising money for CareNet. The goal for this year is $5,000.

Vanessa Bailey, director of CareNet, said that she is overwhelmingly grateful to the people of Bi-Lo for all of their hard work with this charity drive. “This comes at a very good time, especially with the economy the way it is,” she said. “We are a faith-based organization meeting the needs of the community, so we are not countyfunded. It is a constant struggle. Without the community there would be no CareNet.”


The Cowee Volunteer Fire Department hosted a hot dog and hamburger lunch Saturday, June 4, in celebration of their 20th anniversary. The guest entertainer was Matt Stillwell, an up and coming country musician from Sylva, whose popular song, “Shine,” ranked number five in CMT’s Pure Country countdown.

Wayne Pruett, fire chief of the Cowee Volunteer Fire Department since 2003, spoke briefly about the history of the department as well as recognized those individuals that were instrumental in helping to get the department up-and-running and state certified.

The Cowee Volunteer Fire Department was not state certified until June 6, 1991. Until that time, “the department could not officially run a call,” said Pruett.


KIDS Place, a non-profit children’s advocacy center in Franklin, held an event Monday commemorating its 20 years of service in Macon County and honoring its many supporters.

KIDS Place — Kids InterDisciplinary Services, Inc. — was founded in 1991 as a private, nonprofit agency with the mission of providing “hope and healing for abused children and their families through coordinated services in a child-friendly place.”


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