Macon County Humane Society presents SUPER ADOPTION DAY! :: Saturday, April 26 from 11am - 4pm at the Macon County Fairgrounds

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For the last 24 years, the Macon County Senior Games has been improving the health and well being of the senior community. Each year, the Senior Games holds sporting events for local athletes. For those who are artistic, musically inclined or dramatically gifted, there are opportunities to showcase your talents.

Approximately 200 people compete in the events each year, with 100 people bringing home medals. Macon County’s first place winners are eligible to go to Raleigh and compete in the State finals in September.

As part of the Senior Games’ mission to be good stewards of the community, three years ago organizers decided to start a community project to benefit a local organization in order to give back to the community. Members of the Senior Games elected to take on REACH of Macon County and to plan fundraisers and collections to benefit the organization.

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Fire Chief Warren Cabe of the Franklin Fire and Rescue has announced that the department has been awarded new smoke alarms from the North Carolina Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal.

The fire department will be canvassing at risk communities to insure that homes have working smoke alarms. The goal is to insure that every level of the home has working smoke alarms and to replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old.

The alarms are being provided by the North Carolina Department of Insurance through a federal fire prevention grant that was awarded to the Office of State Fire Marshal. The goal of this program is to properly install long life, battery-powered smoke alarms in homes that do not have working alarms to protect the lives of local citizens.

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This past Saturday officers from the Macon County Sheriff's Office, the Franklin Police Department, the Highlands Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation conducted a “medicine drop” for people to dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medications.

According to Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland, about 84,000 prescription pills were collected in the Franklin area and another 15,000 in Highlands.

“Basically, I can guarantee that about 100,000 pills will not be reaching the streets,” said Holland. “Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem all across the nation and this is one of the steps we can take to prevent it.”

Despite welcoming the first day of Spring last week, residents in Western North Carolina took advantage of the continuing cold weather to raise money for local charities. Deemed the “Polar Plunge,” hundreds of people across western North Carolina have been committing to dive into ice cold waters as a challenge to encourage donations for local organizations and charities.

From helping raise money to build a church in Africa, to scholarship funds, or just helping a neighbor who has been plagued with cancer, whatever the cause, residents are taking the plunge.

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