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The Community Table, Sylva’s local food bank, is gearing up for the holiday weekend and anticipate serving more meals this year than ever before.

The Community Table is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and MANNA Food Bank Partner Agency, that has been serving nutritious meals to its neighbors in need since 1999.

“It is our vision that no one in Jackson County goes to bed hungry,” reads the organization’s website. The Table was founded to provide a welcoming place for all kinds of people to gather for a good, free meal. Everyone is welcomed at The Table, regardless of level of need, and there is never a fee for their services.

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A variety of polls in recent years have displayed the widespread ignorance of many Americans on topics relating to politics, history, finance, and most surprisingly, religion. A 2010 Pew Research poll on religion and public life and a 2009 George Barna study revealed some insights into how little Americans know about their own religious beliefs, and unfortunately, the results would probably disappoint many Christians. While 83 percent of Americans identify themselves as Christian, nearly 60 percent of Christians cannot name half of the Ten Commandments or the four gospels of the New Testament, according to the 2009 George Barna study.

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Conversion vehicle save hundreds in fuel costs.

Every morning, at around 6:30, 31-year-old Chris Mobley wakes up at his home in Franklin and heads to work in Haywood County.

The trip is no short commute, lasting roughly half an hour to and from his job in Waynesville, where he works as an electrician.

While snaking north through U.S. 441, with National Public Radio blaring over the radio, Mobley doesn’t have to worry about fueling up as often as other drivers. Because while other drivers may have to stop and buy gas, he is driving a truck that runs mostly off of standard vegetable oil—something which he maintains has many benefits.

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‘Tough Guy’ calendars raise funds for ‘Last Chance.’

Every year, countless stray dogs and cats are euthanized in Macon County, and despite their best efforts, organizations like Macon County Animal Control and the Humane Society can barely make a dent in the numbers.

However, with the help of some organizations such grim numbers are becoming greatly reduced. German Angel, of Franklin, says that stray pets do not have to die needlessly.

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published: 10/18/2013
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