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The youth of Franklin First United Methodist Church once again led the 30-Hour Famine several weeks ago. Each year we are amazed at the support of the community, and how they rally to help us raise awareness of the issues of hunger both locally and around the world. Thank you to all who donated either funds or food items for CareNet. In particular, we would like to thank: the congregation of First United Methodist Church, those groups who had youth participate (Dryman’s Chapel, Asbury, Union and Mulberry United Methodist Churches, All Saints Episcopal youth, Cullowhee United Methodist Church, Builders Club at MMS, Key Club at MEC, and FCA at MVI), Smoky Mountain Chevrolet, Gooder Grafix, Franklin Town Board, Macon Bank, Bi-Lo, Ingles, Walmart, the Franklin Press, Macon County News, WFSC1050/WNCC Radio, Wayah Insurance, World Vision, and CareNet.


“Sunshine Week” has come and gone. It had nothing to do with the weather.

Sunshine Week is the annual celebration of access to public information. It deals with the celebration and advocacy of open government and freedom of information. It is open to anyone interested in the public’s right to know what their government is up to from the town hall to the White House. It encompasses all the freedoms in the First Amendment. Those five freedoms guarantee freedom of the press, assembly, religion, petition and speech.

Sunshine Week is celebrated mostly by the news media which, despite all its faults, is often the only defense against the abuse of power and the powerful institutions that rarely admit abuses of their power. A press, free of government censorship, is vital to society.


There are many songs that ask for love and peace within the world which we live. From the Beetles song of, “All you need is love,” to countless others, both past, present and most assuredly in the future as well. The world seems so desperate for love, but it seems there's so little to be found, and our world is starving for it. But it is refreshing and gives hope within humanity when love shows itself in the most unusual settings, as in a resent clip I discovered on “you tube” entitled “An Extraordinary Code of Honor – A Higher Call,” it’s about a German war pilot, who against his officers and country’s ethics, saved the life of an enemy B-17 pilot and his crew. And over 50 years, never seeing or knowing of each others whereabouts, were re-united showing a special love and care that warms the heart, for a hope that's within all of us.


After much thought I changed my registration to Republican in Macon County.

Well, decided to attend the Republican convention being held here in Franklin. I went in with my registration in hand, met a nice lady at the front desk, asked for help telling her I was a new Republican. I didn’t know where to go. She took my card and said she would find someone to help. She did. A lady that I met this past year at the Republican headquarters here in Franklin last election. I went there to meet with Jim Davis about a meeting. I guess I didn’t impress her.


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