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BizWeek networking event attracts local business leaders

Business leaders in Macon County poured into The Bowery on Main Street on Tuesday night for the 5th annual BizWeek Networking Night. From established business owners to budding young entrepreneurs, people mingled before sitting down to listen to Asheville's 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year, Justin Belleme.

Belleme shared with attendees the story of how he started his first entrepreneurial venture at the age of six, when he started a snake removal service, and how he is now on the cusp of building an online marketing empire in Asheville through his company, JB Media Group.

NCACC board of directors meets in Franklin

When Macon County Commissioner Ronnie Beale was elected president of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) he made it his mission to make people in the eastern part of the state aware of where Macon County was located on a map.

Last August, he made huge progress toward that goal when around 100 county commissioners took a tour through Macon County, getting an idea of the landscape. Last week, he brought his goal full circle as he made history by being the first President of the association to hold a meeting as far west as Macon County since the association was started in 1908.

Veteran Mickey Stockton remembers Vietnam as beautiful but deadly

In the winter of 1967, Michael “Mickey” Stockton was living the dream of many high school athletes. Having earned a college basketballscholarship, he was playing for North Georgia College in Clarkesville, Georgia. All this was to change quickly and radically when he left school early in 1968. Shortly thereafter, he received his call to duty from “Uncle Sam.”

By April 1968, he had his physical examination for induction into the United States Army. June 1968 found him in basic training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, immediately followed by Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Lewis, Wash. He arrived at the 199th Infantry Brigade’s main base camp at Long Bihn, Vietnam in November 1968 and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry.

Board starts over in Cullasaja bidding war

Upset bids ramping up costs associated with the sale.

Cullasaja School has sat empty and on the market for years. When the school system finally received the first bid on the property back in December, they never imagined that in May, they would still be going through the bidding process.

On December 1, the school system received the first bid for the Cullasaja School property in the amount of $75,000. Since the initial bid, 12 upset bids have been submitted from four different bidders, driving the bid up to $161,878.10. Each time an upset bid is received, it has to be advertised for 10 days, and all interested bidders have to be notified by the school system's attorney John Henning Jr., before the next bid can be accepted.

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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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