North Carolina’s Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker spent last Friday afternoon touring a handful of the “homegrown” businesses in Macon County.
Starting at Drake Software, Decker met with business owners and employees to discuss what makes living in Macon County so great.
After Drake Software, Decker, who was accompanied by Macon County Commission Chair Kevin Corbin and Economic Development Director Tommy Jenkins, Decker stopped at Duotech to receive a tour of the manufacturing facilities from Engineer Rich Peoples.
It has been more than a week since Alec Lansing walked away from a camping trip in Jackson County. That means it has been more than a week since his mother Pamela, or any friends and family have heard from the teen.
The camping trip Alec was on hosted by Trails Carolina Wilderness Therapy Program in Lake Toxaway, was intended to be a wilderness therapy camp for the group of high-risk teens. Alec, a slim young man at 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 140 pounds, the 17-year-old was last seen wearing a red, long-sleeve fleece and boots, before he walked away from the camp last Monday.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, the community turned out to help the Toys for Tots program gather donations.
The event took place at Smoky Mountain Chevrolet where attendees were treated to an antique car show, fun and games, and fellowship. Every year volunteers disperse toy donations to area children during the holidays.
Winner won’t be eligible for state pageant until 2016.
Most of the residents of Franklin don't realize that there was once a Miss Franklin pageant. Local women would vie for the chance at the title and then they were able to move on to the Miss North Carolina pageant. According to Cindy Cavender of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, those pageants ended in the early 1990s but now they're about make a comeback.
“We just thought that this would be a really good thing for the Franklin area and the people that live here. Something fun to bring back and take pride in,” she said.
The 17th Annual Burns Night Dinner will be held at Tartan Hall on Saturday, Jan. 19. This supper, with a traditional five course menu, is held world wide on Jan. 25 or as close to the date as possible. This year is the 254th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth.
Celtic customs are dramatic and colorful and contributed to the politics of Great Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries. After centuries of fighting across the border, the English monarchy conquered the clans of the Scottish Highlands in 1745. Every attempt was made to eradicate Scottish customs. Speaking Gaelic and Olde Scots was forbidden, for example, and schools and businesses were required to use only English. Born a generation after the Battle of Culloden, Robert Burns, a farmer and a poet from Ayrshire in Scotland, wrote down many of the Gaelic folk songs and pub melodies that were almost forgotten. He also set many of his poems to old tunes.
Burns was a handsome, musical young fellow and not a very good farmer. Instead, he became an entertainer in the salons of Edinburgh.
Although he died in his 40s in 1796, he is considered the National Poet of modern Scotland to this day for retaining a rich musical culture that was almost lost. Robert Burns suppers are now held on every continent. It is often asked, “How did a country musician become a worldwide celebrity?” During the 19th century, Great Britain was an imperialist super power. Its military was largely staffed by Scots. Wherever these soldiers were stationed (India, Australia, South Africa, Canada. etc), they loved and taught Burns’ songs around the campfires and in the classrooms until the songs were known universally.
The Burns Night meal incorporates a number of Scottish events including the “Calling Out of the Clans,” a parade of present guests carry their clan banners, form a pattern, a circle or an “x” and call out the name of their district or clan. The Haggis, a meatloaf of liver, other meat and oats is carried at the head of a parade of officials and the “Ode to the Haggis” by Robert Burns is performed in Scots dialect. Arthur Hays, a lawyer from Murphy, does this at the dinner here. Other recitations may include the “Immortal Memory of Robert Burns,” and Scottish songs by local vocalists. This year, an octet from the “Carolines” and “Men Macon Music” will perform. The entertainment is held together with piping by Jean Hayes and music by the “Caledonia Swing Band” from Georgia. Scottish Dancing completes the evening (Elaine and Bob McCollum will be instructing) and concluding with “Auld Lang Syne.”