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The 49th Annual Macon County GEMBOREE

Visitors came from all over to browse through the dozens of tables and booths to view not only cut stones, unique jewelry and finished pieces but they were also able to see uncut gems in the rough.

 

 

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Uncertainties on the state level leaves hiring in Macon County Schools at a standstill

At the beginning of the 2012-13 school year, the Macon County Schools System was operating with 712 employees. From teachers to teacher assistants to media coordinators, to bus drivers, to central office staff, Macon County Schools was operating with the highest number of employees it has seen in recent years.

Just two years later, the employment level throughout the district is down by 58 employees, to the lowest level in recent memory, according to board members during Monday night’s monthly meeting, and with continued uncertainties surrounding state funding for public education, the coming year will likely see little improvement.

American Revolutionary War patriot honored at gravesite dedication

Lt. William Addington, patriot in the War for Independence, was memorialized in a “Rededication Ceremony and SAR Patriot Marking” at the First Methodist Church Cemetery last Saturday morning. The ceremony was performed by the Silas McDowell Chapter, North Carolina Society, Sons of the American Revolution National Society, Sons of the American Revolution.

Tom Long, president of the Silas McDowell Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution, presided over the hour-long ceremony, opening with the presentation of colors by a combined color guard involving the Franklin Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Sons of the American Revolution.

Gold Star Teen Adventures comes to Franklin

Growing up in a military family is never easy. Often times it involves a lot of moving around, being away from a parent for long periods of time, and living a lifestyle that a lot of people don’t understand. The one thing that can make all of that even harder, is when you lose someone you love as a casualty of war.

To help children who lose loved ones in combat, Major Kent Solheim, a special operations service member who lost his right leg when he was seriously wounded in combat in Iraq in 2007, created the Gold Star Teen Adventures summer program.

Realizing that if he would have not survived his accident in 2007 he would have still wanted his two children to know the brotherhood of the special operations community, Solheim created Gold Star Teen Adventures.

- published 3/27 (Larry) - unpublished ?

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Visitors came from all over to browse through the dozens of tables and booths to view not only cut stones, unique jewelry and finished pieces but they were also able to see uncut gems in the rough.

 

 

More info and pictures after the jump!

 

 

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At the beginning of the 2012-13 school year, the Macon County Schools System was operating with 712 employees. From teachers to teacher assistants to media coordinators, to bus drivers, to central office staff, Macon County Schools was operating with the highest number of employees it has seen in recent years.

Just two years later, the employment level throughout the district is down by 58 employees, to the lowest level in recent memory, according to board members during Monday night’s monthly meeting, and with continued uncertainties surrounding state funding for public education, the coming year will likely see little improvement.

Read more...

Lt. William Addington, patriot in the War for Independence, was memorialized in a “Rededication Ceremony and SAR Patriot Marking” at the First Methodist Church Cemetery last Saturday morning. The ceremony was performed by the Silas McDowell Chapter, North Carolina Society, Sons of the American Revolution National Society, Sons of the American Revolution.

Tom Long, president of the Silas McDowell Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution, presided over the hour-long ceremony, opening with the presentation of colors by a combined color guard involving the Franklin Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Sons of the American Revolution.

Read more...

Growing up in a military family is never easy. Often times it involves a lot of moving around, being away from a parent for long periods of time, and living a lifestyle that a lot of people don’t understand. The one thing that can make all of that even harder, is when you lose someone you love as a casualty of war.

To help children who lose loved ones in combat, Major Kent Solheim, a special operations service member who lost his right leg when he was seriously wounded in combat in Iraq in 2007, created the Gold Star Teen Adventures summer program.

Realizing that if he would have not survived his accident in 2007 he would have still wanted his two children to know the brotherhood of the special operations community, Solheim created Gold Star Teen Adventures.

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The Whitewater Bluegrass Company will bring a traditional brand of hardcore bluegrass music to Sylva’s Bridge Park from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., this Friday, Aug. 1, as part of the Concerts on the Creek series.

For more than 30 years The Whitewater Bluegrass Co. has captivated audiences throughout the Southeast with their blend of bluegrass music, country ballads, mountain swing and downhome humor. With Whitewater, mountain culture is a celebration of music, song and dance.

Whitewater Bluegrass Company always delivers a performance to make the occasion special.

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Ballfields will shift to accomodate possible gravesite.

When Macon County commissioners voted to move forward on the Parker Meadows Property, they were well aware of the potential for setbacks. Acknowledging such potential, commissioners made the decision to have an archaeologist onsite during the grading phase of the project to watch for any possible remains in the area due to the project site’s location near a creek bed.

Macon County was home to members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) during early settlement, and before ever considering the possibility of constructing a state-of-the art facility at Parker Meadows, commissioners wanted to work with the Tribe to ensure that the project wouldn’t insult or interfere with the EBCI’s culture or heritage. Being sensitive to the EBCI’s rich tradition, when what appeared to be remains were found in what would be an outfield to one of the planned ballfields, Macon County officials took extra precautions to respect the Tribe’s heritage.

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Police chief Harrell takes advantage of photo op.

If you were strolling around the streets of Highlands last week, you may have been surprised to see the 39th president of the United States of America shopping in local boutiques and taking in the fresh mountain air.

President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, spent last week in Highlands for a little vacation while attending a fundraiser for Mercer University. Carter, who served as the governor of Georgia before serving as president of the United States from 1977 until 1981, has been a member of the Mercer University Board of Trustees since December 2012.

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published: 10/18/2013
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