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After a 15-year-run the Taste of Scotland festival has come to an end, at least temporarily. The event, sponsored by the Scottish Tartans Museum, has been an ongoing festival for Maconians and tourists alike, celebrating Macon County’s Scots-Irish heritage and cultural distinctiveness. Unfortunately, event organizers could not find anyone to fill the void left by Claire Suminski and Kathie Akins, who have worked tirelessly in the past to put the event together.


While snow began to fall and temperatures continued to drop, Patrick Jenkins made good on his promise to spend 48 hours suspended 60 feet above Macon County in the name of the third annual ‘Cold for a Cause.’

“We had another successful year. Thanks to the people of Macon County dropping off items and supporting ‘Cold for a Cause’,” said Jenkins.

“It’s a great feeling to know that so many locals care about helping their fellow neighbors. Compassion is still alive in Franklin. Thank you, Patrick Jenkins for asking FYP to be a part of the event,” said Johnathan Dean.


A Change of Command Ceremony was recently held for CPT John O’Brien formerly of Franklin, making him the Commander of C Battery 1st Battalion 19th Field Artillery at Ft. Sill, Okla.

CPT O’Brien was born in Sterling, Ill. He enlisted in the Army in December 1985. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Sill, Okla. He was awarded the MOS 13F (Fire Support Specialist). His first assignment was with HHB 2-3 Field Artillery (FA) in Kirchgoens, Germany from November 1986 – May 1989. Additionally CPT O’Brien served eight years in the National Guard as a member of the 227th FA Brigade (BDE), 3-116th FA Battalion (BN) and 210th Military Police.



Boy Scout Troop 1099, chartered to Lanier United Methodist Church, is pleased to announce that Dalton Corbin has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Dalton successfully passed his Eagle Board of Review and has been recognized with a Court of Honor ceremony following completion of his service project at the Bald Ridge Marina Chapel on Lake Lanier.

Dalton’s Eagle Project consisted of dismantling and removing a pair of outdated storage facilities, constructing a new storage building along with new bench seating. His project also included refurbishing the Chapel Cross with new foundation timbers, as well as sanding and repainting the fifteen foot tall steel structure. Bald Ridge Marina Chapel serves as the site of weekly outdoor worship services hosted by Cumming First United Methodist Church from May through September.


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