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Franklin’s Main Street came alive last Friday as part of the Winter Wonderland festival, where folks of all ages came out to attend.

Starting at 5 p.m., holiday figures like Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and the Grinch roamed about downtown Franklin, amid countless Christmas lights, curbside luminaries and glowing window fronts. This year, the event was saved from the cold bite of winter-- something event organizer Linda Schlott said contributed to the overall success of the festival, as the temperature floated in the low fifties. Last year the event was held in freezing temperatures.


After 30 years of service to the North Carolina school system, and 23 years of dedication to Macon County, Pam Collins, Macon County School’s Community Coordinator, is set to retire at the end of the month. “It has been absolutely wonderful being able to finish out my career as Community Schools Coordinator for Macon County,” said Collins.

Gary Shields, member of the board of education and former Franklin High School principal, has worked closely with Collins during the majority of her 23 years in Macon County and has admired her diligence and dedication to the students. “As a principal of Franklin High School, I realized quickly that Pam has a gift for the more challenged students,” said Shields.


During Angel Medical Center Hospice’s Tree Blessing and Lighting, Angel Medical Center’s Hospice Chaplain Rev.

Vic Green blessed three Christmas Decorations to be placed on hospice trees throughout Macon County.



The Dillsboro Festival of Lights & Luminaries illuminated Jackson County’s mountain village for the kickoff of the festival’s 28th year.

Modeled after the Scandinavian custom of lighting the way for the Christ child, more than 2,500 candles in white bags lined the streets last weekend and the festival will continue this Friday and Saturday evenings, Dec. 9-10.

In addition to luminaries lining the sidewalks, Dillsboro’s merchant “elves” trimmed their buildings, many of which date to the 1800s, in traditional white lights. Once the town was lit up with festive decorations, carolers filled the streets singing Christmas favorites, a horse and carriage was on hand to take visitors around the village, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus visited with children at Town Hall.


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