A picture perfect Christmas
Beautiful weather and one of the largest number of entries ever added to the enjoyment of the festivities and excitement at this year’s annual Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 1.
All along the route, record crowds gathered to enjoy the festivities and get a glimpse of Old St. Nick, who was the traditional last entry in the parade.
The categories being judged were Grand Champion, Best Use of Theme and Most Original.
Newly-elected aldermen Barbara McRae and Patti Hallyburton Abel joined the other members of the Franklin Town Board Monday night along with new mayor, Bob Scott.
The new board set to work right away when Town Planner Derek Roland brought to their attention an application to amend the text of the Unified Development Ordinance for Outdoor Display of Goods. The action that would be taken at the meeting would be whether or not to send the application to the Town Planning Board for its consideration and recommendations.
Last Tuesday night Macon County Commissioners unanimously voted to hire Franklin native Derek Roland as the next county manager. The application process to replace long-time county manager Jack Horton began after Horton announced his retirement earlier this year. For the past three months, commissioners reviewed the 38 applications received and carefully considered each applicant's requirements. After narrowing the applicant pool to two individuals and conducting extensive interviews with both candidates, the unanimous decision was made to offer the job to Roland at an annual salary of $100,000.
Christmas season officially under way
The holiday season kicked off last Friday night with Franklin's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. According to Linda Schlott, Franklin's Main Street Director, the 22-foot tall tree took four people three hours to set up and another three hours to get it fully decorated. Standing tall next to the Gazebo on Main Street, this year's holiday centerpiece is garnished with approximately 250 ornaments and 1,500 twinkling lights.
“This year’s Tree Lighting was the largest crowd yet,” said Schlott.
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.