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The Zonta Club of Franklin is diligently preparing for the Eighth Annual Art & Chocolate charitable event. The date is Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Rabun County Civic Center in Clayton, Ga. The festivities are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The evening’s entertainment will once again be the Flashback band — featuring beach, disco, Motown and party music. The community is donating various types of art, gift certificates and services for a silent auction. Many restaurants will showcase their specialty food items.

The 2011 proceeds will benefit KIDS Place and REACH of Macon County.

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July 1 at Cowee Baptist Church

On Friday, July 1, Cowee Baptist Church will host the Illinois Baptist State Association All State Youth Choir. The choir will be performing a Worship Concert for the communities and churches of Macon County beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The concert theme is “God and Country” in celebration of the 4th of July. This year the choirs’ All State Tour and Mission Trip are to Florida. They are ministering by singing concerts and leading block parties for local churches and associations.

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At the upcoming June 28 Ladies Night Out program, the topic will be summer safety. With summer just around the corner, everyone should be aware that disease-carrying pests are on the rise.

Spring rains and warmer weather provide the perfect setting for mosquitoes and ticks. These pests are not only a nuisance but they can make people seriously ill. They can carry diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, La Crosse encephalitis, and West Nile virus.

In 2009, North Carolina reported more than 450 cases of tick-borne diseases to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Graduation is a time both for reflection on the past and for those first long and serious looks into the future. It can mean fond reminiscing and tearful farewells, but it also means giant, whopping howls of joy.

Macon County has five schools graduating seniors this year: Franklin High School, Highlands School, Nantahala School, Union Academy and Macon Early College. This month, all around the county, whether they are college-bound, considering military service, or looking to jump into the workforce as soon as possible, graduating seniors from the Class of 2011 have been donning their caps and gowns and saying goodbye to teachers and childhood chums as they prepare to embark on the journey of the rest of their lives. And though the country is in the midst of a recession, and while the future may look precarious for some, this is surely a time for optimism, rather than cynicism.

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