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The Franklin Young professionals recently donated $100 toward REACH of Macon County’s Holiday Program. REACH of Macon County is a local Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 501(c)3 non-profit working in Macon and Jackson County to eradicate Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The holiday program provides Christmas gifts and food to clients and their children. Recipients of this program do not receive holiday assistance from any other agency. On average REACH adopts out approximately 17 families; however, with the addition of Jackson County these numbers are much higher.


The Macon County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity (HFH) International is now Habitat for Humanity Macon/Jackson. At the request of HFH International, the Macon County affiliate has assumed responsibility for restoring operations in Jackson County. Full transfer of the Jackson County assets and responsibilities occurred on Oct. 5.

In restoring Habitat operations in Jackson County, the merged organization has taken responsibility for the seven Habitat houses that were built there. “We’re using the same business model that was developed by International in that Habitat Macon/Jackson holds the mortgage for the homes and the mortgage payments from current homeowners feed into a revolving fund that allows us to build more homes” said Rick Westerman, executive director of the new organization.


The Blue Ridge Riding Club shared their Thanksgiving with Macon County Senior Services on Nov. 20.

Club members met the seniors before lunch and passed out candy along with Thanksgiving wishes.

The BRRC takes part in fund raisers and special events during the year, besides riding motorcycles through the mountains.

The club expressed thanks to the staff at Macon County Senior Services for the opportunity to meet and share this Thanksgiving with them.

The Gem & Mineral Society named its board officers for 2013 (L-R) Lon Peden, President; Arlon Eldridge, Vice President; Marie Tsacrios, Treasurer; Dean Plesner, assistant Treasurer; Sharon John, Secretary; Board Members Al Pribble, (2013); Diane Aiello (2014). Board members not pictured are Linda Smith (2014) and Wally Smith (2013).

Photo by Linda Behr

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