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Franklin High School Homecoming Court for 2015 announced

Members of the Franklin High School Homecoming Court for 2015 are (front row, L-R) Haeli Bryson, Alexis Bodenheimer, Mackenzie Herman, Madison Pattillo; (second row, L-R) Ashlyn Watts, Ashlyn Carruthers, Alexis Taro; (third row, L-R) - Brianna Domenech, Payton Burrell, Brooke Watson, McKenzie Hayles; (fourth row, L-R) Heidi Shope, Macie Bodenheimer, Haley Hamilton.

This year’s Homecoming Queen will be crowned Friday, Oct. 16, at halftime of the football game against North Henderson in the Panther Pit.

Andrea Chalker named Teacher of the Year

Each year, the Macon County School District leaders honor one teacher in the district for their outstanding accomplishments and dedication to students by naming a "Teacher of the Year." This year, the Macon County School District had the honor of recognizing one of their own former students, Andrea Chalker, as the 2015 Teacher of the Year.

"Teaching is a challenging endeavor," said Chalker. "We are not developing a product. We are inspiring human beings, our next generation. To be successful, you have to be supported and collaborate with the community around you. That includes your administration, peers, coaches, parents, community members, businesses, the list goes on and on. I have been blessed to have been surrounded by the best from my beginnings at Cartoogechaye all the way to my current school in Highlands."

Community rallies behind vets at annual Stand Down

For its second year, the Smoky Mountain Veterans Stand Down provided local veterans with needed services.

Last Thursday, veterans from across Western North Carolina gathered in the Robert C. Carpenter Community building and were met with community organizations who provided essential services ranging from haircuts to medial assistance.

The free, community-sponsored event was organized to give homeless, in need, or low-income veterans both short and long-term assistance. Veterans were greeted by volunteers and organizations who offered food, clothing, ministry, employment counseling, education services and medical and legal services.

Read2Me hosts ‘Roll into Reading’ literacy event

Saturday's rainfall didn't stop families from coming out to the Macon County Public Library on Saturday for Read2Me's annual parent training event.

About 20 families stopped by the library and participated in crafts from the Western Mountain Reading Council, bicycle safety information and goodies from Smoky Mountain Bicyles and free books from Read2Me.

The annual parent training events, which are held each fall, are part of Read2Me's initiative to increase public awareness on the importance of raising a reader.

This year's event, themed "Roll Into Reading" featured crafts, music and stories about bicycles, buses and cars. Children were even able to visit with Ralph the Read2Me therapy dog.

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Pictured (L-R) are Tony Curtis and Josh Owens, chamber board; Karen Kaleta, owner; Gary Shields, chamber board; Diane Baldwin, chamber’s administrative assistant; Dale West, Jerry Buschmann, D’Anne Maddox and Sean Gibson, chamber board; and Tom Ritter, chamber master.The Franklin Chamber of Commerce welcomed Karen Kaleta Photography/Blue Ridge Art and Design recently with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Owner, Karen Kaleta, offers a wide range of services from photography, design and publishing to event planning and organizational consulting. Kaleta can be reached at (828)369-5663 to set up an appointment.

Photography services includes fine art, natural setting portraits either in your home or location of choice, pet portraits, Event coverage (birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, graduation, races, etc.), residential real estate photography to include visual tour slide shows and advertising shots, as well as commercial and southeastern stock photography for your advertising and marketing needs. Kaleta is available for photography work seven days a week.

Desktop publishing services can be provided for the creation of newsletters, flyers, marketing materials, brochures, postcards, etc. providing work in Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Publisher, Excel, Word Perfect, Corel Draw, Word, Power Point and Illustrator to meet your in-house needs.

To set up an appointment, call (828) 369-5663 or visit the website at

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