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Appalachian Heritage Festival

Old Appalachia lines the streets of downtown Franklin for inaugural festival

The butter was churning, the fly fishing knots were tying, and music from Appalachia could be heard on the streets of Franklin Saturday for the first annual Appalachian Heritage Festival. The festival, which was put on by main street merchants, included dozens of exhibitors and was intended to preserve Macon County heritage, all while bringing folks downtown.

With Franklin's Folk Festival was cancelled for this year, Main Street merchants took it upon themselves to make sure a cultural festival was held in its place.

Change in sight for Franklin’s leadership

Three seats are up for grabs this November, when voters are expected to head to the polls to elect new members of the Franklin Board of Aldermen. Two out of the three incumbents on the board, Verlin Curtis and Joyce Handley, filed for reelection, while Farrell Jamison, who has served on the board since 2011 did not file for office. Jamison was appointed to the board in February 2011 after the passing of Alderman Jerry Evans.

Incumbents Curtis and Handley will have some competition this year, as four newcomers added their names to the ballot. Brandon McMahan filed for alderman for the first time and joins Angela Moore and Adam Kimsey, who both filed for the open seats last election. Former Mayor Joe Collins also filed for election, but instead of mayor, Collins filed for one of the open alderman seats.

World Changers working to make a difference

Students from across southeast visit Macon County

For the last quarter century, students from across the country have been signing up to participate in service projects in communities declaring themselves as 'World Changers."

An outreach ministry of Life- Way Christian Resources, World Changers has been spending summers for the last 25 years partnering with cities and their residents to complete much needed construction projects ranging from painting houses to putting on new roofs. The projects improve homes for the elderly, disabled, and for others who would not normally be able to do the work on their own, and comes at no charge for the community.

Macon County Airport to host open house on August 15

From local businesses such as Duotech using the Macon County Airport for day-today business operation, to citizens chartering private flights to other regional airports, to organizations such as the State Bureau of Investigation and Forest Service using it for training, the local airport proves to be an invaluable resource for the citizens of Macon County.

To better inform the public of the airport's role in the community, the Macon County Airport Authority will be holding an open house on August 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature music from Curtis Blackwell, and refreshments for the public.

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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 www.BlueRidgeArtandDesign.com.





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