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The aptly named “Day in the Park” saw locals and members of various local churches spending an afternoon enjoying Jaycee Park in West Franklin last Saturday.

From 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., various games, activities and a hot dog lunch were held at the park. “It’s endless what you can do here,” said event organizer Kathy Hildreath. “It’s about developing a relationship with this community. For most people, this is just a part of town you drive through. Nobody really notices the park.”


Franklin residents gathered to participate in the National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 3, at noon on the square in downtown Franklin.

“One Nation Under God” was this year’s theme.

Local pastors prayed for families, churches, schools, businesses and government.

A group from Franklin Covenant Church provided the accompaniment for the singing portion of the program.

Paul Backhaus of First Assembly of God prayed for the nation’s churches.



Macon Bank donated 62 bushes and shrubs recycled from the old Franklin Motel property to the Mountain View Intermediate Schoo to replace the plants that were stolen from the school earlier in the month.

Holes were machine bored and the plants were placed in locations specified by Debbie Gibbs, science teacher at the school.



Leadership Highlands is a program designed to identify existing and emerging leaders from various segments of the community who have a sincere commitment to remain in the Highlands area. Leadership Highlands provides a comprehensive program for selected participants to gain the skills and knowledge to become a community leader.

Class members attend monthly focus days from November 2012 through May 2013 that focus on various aspects of the Highlands community. Leadership training is also provided through a partnership with Western Carolina University.

Applications are available now at the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. For more information or to obtain an application, call the chamber at (828)526-5841. Applications are due July 1 and may be submitted to the Chamber.


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