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Proving that “Reading Matters in Macon County”

Community members throughout the county are teaming up to promote early literacy for children. From girl scouts to a member of the Board of Education, Maconians are joining together for the Read2Me – “Reading Matters in Macon County”, an initiative to put books in the hands of children beginning at birth and to teach parents the importance of reading to children at an early age.

Read2Me is a public awareness campaign geared towards encouraging the community at large to become highly invested in promoting children learning to read early in order to help all children realize their potential in school and in life.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce held their annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday, Jan. 25 to recognize members of the community who went above and beyond in 2011.

Entertainment for the night included Macon County native Ronnie Evans and the Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps Choir. After dinner Fred Jones, the 2012 President of the Board of Directors, began the award ceremony by presenting Dale West, the 2011 President of the Board of Director’s with a plaque recognizing the dedication and service West gave to the commerce during his tenure.


Macon County Commissioners, Ronnie Beale and Bobby Kuppers, attended the Cowee Community Development Organization (CCDO) meeting at Cowee Elementary School on Tuesday, Jan. 24, to discuss what the county has in store for the school when it assumes ownership of the historic building this summer. The new Iotla Valley Elementary School will replace Cowee elementary next school year.


Private Spencer Edward Houston graduated from the U.S. Marine Corp Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C. On November 18, 2011.

After graduating in November, Houston went on to graduate from MCT training at Camp Geiger and has MOS of 6200 aircraft maintenance and is now located in Pensacola Fla. Houston is a graduate of Highlands High School.

He is the son of Pandora Austin of Franklin and Daniel and Robin Houston of Highlands. He is the grandson of Michael and Kay Houston of Highlands and Sharon Norris of Ga, and the great-grandson of Donna Estes of Franklin and the late Lloyd Estes.

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