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Photo by Vickie CarpenterFor the last decade, Joe Sanders, owner of JR Sanders Crane, has erected the American flag along Main Street for all to see.

"I have the space and the cranes to do it, so it has just been something we have always done for the community."

According to Sanders, he is on his third flag.

"The wind really takes a toll on the flags, so we are on a third one this year," he said. "I think right now it is more important than ever to fly the flag to remind everyone that we as a nation should be united. There are so many things tearing us apart, and right now we need to remember what brings us together and be grateful for those things."

Students enrolled in Southwestern Community College's Cement Trade at the LBJ Job Corps recently completed a community enhancement project at the Jerry Sutton Public Safety Training Complex (PSTC) in Franklin.

Under the guidance of instructor Keith Ashe and assistant instructor Bill McConnell, the students utilized the skills learned in the program to build steps and a walkway around the flag pole in the parking lot. The new walkway has become an important part of the flag raising and lowering ceremonies that are held every morning and afternoon.

“The steps were in disarray and a hazard before, and the students did a great job on the steps and walkway; they are a wonderful add-on to our campus and have helped make that area a safer place,” said Curtis Dowdle, SCC’s dean of public safety training. “And the new flagpole allows for the honor guard to properly present the colors, and allows us to all appropriately honor the flag during the drill and ceremony our recruits do on a daily basis.”


In March, attendees to Angel Medical Center’s Ladies Night Out program brought items to donate to KIDS Place.

In the photo at right, from left are Dawn Wilde Burgess, Community Health Promotion Supervisor, Macon County Public Health; Elizabeth Adams, Executive Director, KIDS Place; and Bonnie Peggs, director of Public Relations and Chaplaincy, Angel Medical Center.

In April, the group contributed to Brighter Vision throught the Lion’s Club.

Attendees to Angel Medical Center’s Ladies Night Out in May brought items to donate to Macon County Care Network (CareNet).




On June 27, staffers from the Franklin Health and Fitness Center (FHFC) Rodney Morris, Kathryn Sellers, and Matthew Bateman volunteered their time to the new build with Habitat for Humanity, donning suits and masks and started hanging insulation.

Doing the crawl space under a house is a little tougher than doing the inside, but with no hesitation, they charged right in. Habitat and the new home owners expressed sincere appreciation for what this crew accomplished.

The new home is being constructed in the Hickory Hollow community.

To volunteer or make a donation, contact John Wert at (828)369-3716.



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