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The Macon County Art Asssociation (a not-for-profit artist association) will host artist Mary Lou Carpenter in a workshop on “Creativity” on March 24 from 10AM-4PM. Interested persons can inquire at the Uptown Gallery, 30 E Main, Franklin NC.

Medium: mixed media: painting.
Level: intermediate to advanced.


If you are a slow pitch softball player at least 58 years old in 2012 and able to play during the day, please consider joining the Franklin Old Bones softball team. There is no upper age limit!

The Old Bones softball team is sponsored by Macon Bank and they play in the Franklin Church League and against nearby cities, playing around 90 day and 14 night games from April thru October.


USDA seeking applicants for economic development funding to create rural area jobs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is seeking applications for loans and grants to help rural businesses create jobs and spur economic development. The funding is being provided under the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program.

“Boosting access to capital sparks job creation and revitalizes the rural economy,” said Vilsack. “USDA works in partnership with cooperatives and utilities across America, and we intend to utilize this program to leverage federal and private investments to put rural residents to work.”


“The Macon County EDC is proud to partner with SiteDart Hosting in sponsoring this exciting competition”, said Tommy Jenkins, EDC director. “Events such as this play an important role in developing local entrepreneurial communities.”

Judy Chapman, manager of Dnet Internet Services, explained. ”Everyone at some time has had an awesome idea for a business. Most of the time, we don’t act on those ideas. A lot of the time, we don’t even share those ideas with anyone that can turn the idea into success. This event provides a platform for creative thinkers of Macon County to pitch their idea for a business, application or even phone app to a panel of business professionals and maybe walk away with some resources to make their idea a reality.


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