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The second annual “Airing of the Quilts” festival was held on Saturday in downtown Franklin and all throughout Macon County.The town was clad in a myriad of bright colors amid the springtime sun, as more than 400 quilts were hung out for display by businesses and locals for the Mother’s Day weekend event, which proved to be bigger this year than last.“ It was amazing,” said event organizer and Macon County Quilt Trails Chairman Deb Heatherly. “We are getting all sorts of good feedback. People want to see it again next year.”


Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit travels statewide

It was called a brother’s war, and nowhere was that more true than in North Carolina. The American Civil War claimed more lives than any military engagement undertaken by this country. North Carolina lost at least 35,000 soldiers, more than any other southern state, and great hardships were suffered by those both at war and left at home.

In observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War (1861-1865), the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources has organized the “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit” to travel the state from April 1 through spring 2013 as part of its commemoration.


Talented seniors compete for chance at regionals.

The Silver Arts Follies portion of the Macon County Senior Games was held this past Saturday night at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

Known simply as the Senior Follies, participants sang, danced and played their way through the evening with a presentation of medals at the end for those who impressed the judges with their talents. Presenting the awards were Follies coordinator Susan Pons and Senior Games president Fred Haller.


Franklin veteran Victor Mora-Loza has been notified that his copper creation art piece “Rhododendron” has been chosen as one of the top three entries in its category in the final phase of the 2012 National Veterans Art Competition.

Almost 1,900 entries were logged in the first phase of national competition.

The VA Boston Healthcare System is the host of the final phase of the competition.


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