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.
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.
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.
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."
Every February, Angel Medical Center staff members are asked to put on their red in support of Heart Health Month.
On Monday, Feb. 3, staff and volunteers met in the dining room to recognize the American Heart Association’s Wear Red campaign. This campaign focuses on raising awareness about heart disease especially in women.
Heart disease is a leading killer of both men and women. Tom Forkner, director of Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab, led the staff on some simple exercises and how to incorporate them into their daily lives.
A Lunch and Learn with Dr. Kit Helm will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27, for two sessions, one at 11:45 a.m. and the second one at 12:15, on “Heart Healthy Living: An Update” in the back of the AMC dining room. The sessions are free, no registration is required and are open to the public.
For more information on any of AMC’s Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab program, call Forkner at (828)349-8290.