25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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The Macon County 4-H sponsored “4-H Entertains” at Tartan Hall was led by Katelyn Kasper, emcee for the evening. Judges included Patti Hubbs, Margie Kellam and JoAnn Yust, all having musical backgrounds. The winners were Katie Bowman and Jakin Ivey, County Champions, for their piano duet, “Allegro con Brio from Symphony No. 5”, by Ludwig Van Beethoven, transcribed by Hugo Ulrich; Forest Byrd received Reserve Champion honors for his Electric Guitar solo, “Ronda Alla Turca” by Mozart; and Chandon Ivey was named Alternate for his piano solo, “March of the Dwarfs” by Edvard Grieg. The top two winners in the 9-18 age group are eligible to participate in West District Activity Day at Cullowhee Valley School, June 23.

Each of the participants received a gift bag. The winners also received a 4-H backpack and money for their placings — $20 for first, $15 for second and $10 for third. Katie Bowman received a blue ribbon for her piano solo, “Root Beer Rag,” by Billy Joel. Jakin Ivey received a blue ribbon for his piano solo, “Pirates of the Caribbean Medley” by Klaus Badelt, arranged by Jakin Ivey.

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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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