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In honor of National Volunteer Week, The Macon County Care Network, (CareNet) held a luncheon last Thursday to recognize the incalculable amount of sacrifice and dedication that members of the community continue to show through volunteering.

CareNet, a non-profit, tax exempt organization, was established in 1988 by churches throughout the county. It is a non-denominational ministry, which serves as a central location to provide relief for those in crisis. When help from other agencies is either unavailable or insufficient, CareNet provides food and financial assistance along with other necessities, such as prescriptions, utilities, fuel, and rent on an emergency basis.


Read2Me’s kick-off event, held Saturday at the Macon County Library, gave parents tips on reading to their children, and provided each child with a book. Read2Me is a literacy campaign geared to encouraging parents to read with their children early and often.

The Western Mountain Reading Council (WMRC) teamed up with Read2Me to sponsor “Read and Ride” to host parent training and distribute books for pre-school aged children. The Cowee Fire Department volunteered a fire truck and let children climb up in the driver’s seat and turn on the sirens.


Franklin hosts Far West Regionals in Special Olympics at MMS

Macon County Special Olympics hosted the Far West Regional Games on Friday, April 20, at the Macon Middle School Track.

Athletes from Macon, Clay, Cherokee, Graham and Qualla Boundary competed in track and field events for gold, silver and bronze medals.

A parade of athletes with the help of the Macon County Law Enforcement brought the Flame of Hope to the stadium in a Torch Run that began at the Big Bear Park.


The North Carolina Wildlife Commission, National Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, North Carolina Handicapped Sportsmen, the Macon County Sheriff's Department and local hunter volunteers hosted the first ever Hunting with the Disabled hunt for students in Macon County with disabilities.

Corey Holbrooks, a second grader at South Macon with a physical disability and Miguel Villagomez, a visually impaired 8th grader from Nantahala scored the two kills of the hunt.

Students with disabilities ranging from cerebral palsy to being legally blind participated in the hunt last Saturday morning. After students were accepted into the program, they were required to attend a Hunter’s Safety class, which was coordinated between a N.C. Wildlife officer and the school teacher.


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