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Last Saturday, in anticipation of the Fourth of July celebrations, the Macon County Freedom Coalition, including FreedomWorks, the Macon County Republican Party and the Mountain Patriots TEA Party, presented “Freedom on the Square” at the gazebo in downtown Franklin.

The event attracted conservative-minded folks from around the county and the region who gathered under a relentless sun for a program of patriotic music and speeches promoting conservative issues and frequently highlighting a conservative perspective on history.


Franklin kicked off its 4th of July activities with a parade down Main Street on Monday morning.

Folks dressed in patriotic themes and walked, rode in wagons, jeeps, tractors and vintage cars in celebration of Independence Day.

Freedom Rocks the Square was held downtown Friday night with Linda Beal and Toby Tobias, the Monkey Crew Jump Dancers and the C-Square Band.



The Arts Council of Macon County invites local non-profit agencies to apply to the council for a Grassroots Arts Program grant to help fund community arts programs such as concerts, exhibits or workshops.

The deadline for the summer award cycle is July 29; applications are judged on artistic merit, need/cost effectiveness, and participation level.

Special consideration is given to new projects designed to reach people not normally served by the arts.


Seeking submissions for 2011 Linda Flowers Literary Award

The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, invites original entries of fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry for the 2011 Linda Flowers Literary Award. The postmark deadline for submissions is August 15, 2011. There is no entry fee.

The Linda Flowers Literary Award is given annually by the North Carolina Humanities Council for unpublished writing that portrays North Carolina, its people, and cultures. While authors do not have to be North Carolinians, entries are expected to draw on North Carolina connections and/or memories.


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