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Top 10 ways to get lost in Macon County this summer

Whether you have lived here for your entire life, or if you are planning your first vacation, Macon County has a variety of exciting adventures waiting for just about everybody this summer.

To help you plan your next adventure, here are the top 10 things to do in Macon County, as submitted by Macon County News readers.

1) Strap on your hiking boots.
With hundred of miles of hiking trails within Macon County, there is a trail for every skill level. From hosting miles of the Appalachian Trail as well as the Bartram Trail, there are hikes of all skill levels and lengths that meander through all areas of the county and take you on a foot tour of majestic mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls.

BOE requests $7.9 million from county

Funding cuts weighing down budget process; School Board develops a ‘just in case’ budget

Since the recession, the budget planning process has been a daunting task for school officials in Macon County. With fewer and fewer dollars to work with each year, while student enrollment numbers continue to grow, the school board has pinched just about every last penny that they possibly can. Facing a $621,342 budget shortfall and having to ask the county for yet another increase, the school district can identify four significant budget items that are contributing to the issue this fiscal year. This year's request totals $7.9 million.

Franklin folks take part in Rabun’s Warrior Dash

Warriors flock to Northern Georgia to play in the mud for annual 5K

Deep in the trenches of Mountain City, Ga., warriors struggle over boulders and dive into the chilly lake waters. Battling the elements for more than three miles, Rabun County's annual Warrior Dash is where only the strong survive.

Competitors from across North Carolina and Georgia traveled to Mountain City last weekend to try their hand at conquering the 3.2 mile obstacle course that climbs over walls, across dangling ropes and down twostory tall slides, all while being weighed down with unrelenting mud and grit.

CareNet planning to offer a client choice option

Macon County's CareNetwork (CareNet) is upgrading its food pantry to give its clients more options when it comes to shopping. Instead of boxing up clients' monthly pantry items and giving them pre-selected items each month, CareNet is in the process of implementing a client choice option that allows visitors to shop through the pantry once a month for items they need.

"We’re excited about our new manner with which we can serve families, here in Macon County, with a more personable approach," said Shaina Adkins, executive director of CareNet."That said, the CareNet Client Choice Pantry provides families with an opportunity to choose the foods they would eat and like to provide for their family."

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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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