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Brad Knopps of Highlands was the overall winner of the Par 5k race held at Highlands Falls Country Club last Saturday, September 9. His time was 19:58 minutes.

Open to all runners and walkers in Western North Carolina who wanted to contribute to the fight against cancer, 83 people participated in the event.

This was the second annual Par 5k, which is hosted at an area country club. Proceeds of the event are donated to a Macon County non-profit. This year’s recipient was Relay for Life of Highlands. It was the first fundraiser for the 2012 Relay for Life.


Novelist Pamela Duncan will be at the Jackson County Public Library Complex on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. to read from and discuss her novels. The program will take place in the Community Room.

Duncan was born in Asheville and raised in Black Mountain, Swannanoa and Shelby, N.C., and currently lives in Cullowhee, where she teaches creative writing at Western Carolina University. She holds a BA in Journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in English/Creative Writing from North Carolina State University.

Her first novel, “Moon Women,” was a Southeast Booksellers Association Award Finalist, and her second novel, “Plant Life,” won the 2003 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. She is the recipient of the 2007 James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South, awarded by the Fellowship of Southern Writers.


This year’s Toys for Tots (TFT) season is just around the corner, but the work preparing for the 2011 season has already begun. Randy Dean Hughes is this year’s TFT local coordinator for Macon, Jackson, Swain counties in North Carolina and for Rabun, Habersham, White, Towns, Union, and Lumpkin counties in Georga.

The USMC Reserve Toys for Tots program is overseen by The Toys for Tots Foundation and as such the foundation checks, and double checks, all parts of the program. The foundation appoints local coordinators that are responsible for each area, each year.


Katherine Corti hits the century mark

By Colin Gooder — Editor

“I always get mixed up between that 2000 and 1900 thing,” said Katherine Corti, with a whimsical grin.

And why wouldn’t she? Corti turned 100 years young this month, and by “that 2000 and 1900 thing” to which she’s referring, she means simply remembering the centuries events have taken place in her life.

But don’t let her easygoing wit fool you. I’ve known Corti—known as “Mom-mom” to her family—for nearly twenty years, ever since my brother married her granddaughter. I can tell you that nothing gets past this woman. Even at 100 years old, she’s perfectly aware of how funny it sounds to confuse this century with the last.


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