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A program on American Coins with Paul Biery will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 26, in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library.

Biery has been an avid coin collector for more than 35 years and is an expert in the field of the history of American coinage and in the evaluation of old and rare coins. Biery will describe historic American coins, where they were minted, and how coinage in the U.S. has evolved over the years.

Attendees may bring old coins for Biery to look at and discuss with you.

“Let’s Make Soap” with Becky Lipkin is the topic of Thursdays at the Library July 26 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library.

At this “make and take” workshop, participants will be able to create their own soaps using a variety of materials using glycerin and handmade soap, a large selection of essential oils and fragrances, along with colors and other fun items. Essential oils and other herbal products will be available for purchase.

Thursdays at the Library is an eclectic mix of programs by authors, musicians, and educators on topics designed for enjoyment and education. These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library and are free and open to all.


Gem and mineral dealers and rock hounds from across the United States will converge on Franklin for the 47th Annual Macon County Gemboree which opens July 26. The event will be held at the Macon County Community Building located just south of Franklin off U.S. Highway 441. This gem & mineral show, the second oldest event of its kind in the Southeast, is known across the nation as one of the region’s finest events.

The event is a joint effort of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin.


Downtown parades, games, entertainment, food and lots of red, white and blue marked this 4th of July in Franklin.

The largest fireworks display in Western North Carolina finished out the mid-week Independence Day.

View more pics and a full photo gallery after the jump!



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