50th Annual Macon County 2015 GEMBOREE :: Thursday, July 23 through Sunday, July 26 :: CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

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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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Roy Owenby will talk about his book “The Owl Knows” Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m. at the Jackson County Public Library.Local author Roy Owenby will present a talk about his novel “The Owl Knows” on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m., in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex. This program is free of charge.

“The Owl Knows” is an Appalachian Trail mystery set in Macon County. Two female teachers are hiking the Trail, when one is murdered and the other mysteriously disappears. The plot thickens as local law enforcement, aided by the FBI, begin to unravel the mystery.

Author Roy Owenby, was born in Nantahala. A Navy veteran, he graduated from Appalachian State University at age 40.

Local author Roy Owenby will present a talk about his novel “The Owl Knows” on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m., in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex. This program is free of charge.

“The Owl Knows” is an Appalachian Trail mystery set in Macon County. Two female teachers are hiking the Trail, when one is murdered and the other mysteriously disappears. The plot thickens as local law enforcement, aided by the FBI, begin to unravel the mystery.

Author Roy Owenby, was born in Nantahala. A Navy veteran, he graduated from Appalachian State University at age 40. After 35 years in various supervisory and management positions, he currently works part-time for the N.C. Department of Commerce. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Israel and Europe. He is a featured writer for the Burningtown News, an online newspaper. He has written more than 200 short stories, many of which will be featured in an upcoming book entitled “Taters, Corn Shellers and Lard Buckets,” a caricature of Southern Appalachian life.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. For more information, call the JCPL at (828)586-2016.





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