61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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A Franklin man recently became a millionaire after buying a winning Red Hot Millions scratch-off ticket at the Dowdle Mountain Pit Stop just off of US 441.

When Brian Rowland, a real estate broker with Mountain Pro Real Estate, went to Raleigh on Friday so lottery officials could verify his North Carolina Education Lottery ticket was valid, he announced his winnings would help him pay some medical bills and provide for his family's future. He purchased the winning ticket on Thursday morning.

“I am very grateful, and I am going to pay my tithe the very first thing,” Rowland said as he collected his prize at NCEL headquarters on Friday. “My wife is a breast cancer survivor so we are going to pay some medical bills to the wonderful hospital and doctors in Asheville who helped her beat cancer.”

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On Sunday, the Franklin High School Interact Club and the Art Department put their art class creations on display at the 3rd annual “Empty Bowls” project on the sidewalk of The Fun Factory. Hundreds of bowls of all kinds and colors had one thing in common: They were empty. The primary message of the empty bowls was that there are people in the world that have little to nothing to eat.

The public was encouraged to come by and pick out a bowl for a donation.

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Federated Franklin Women’s Club has purchased two library book carts for the Mountain View Intermediate School Library.

Mary Greeble, media specialist at MVI, was asked what was on her “wish list” of things needed at the school library, and the book carts topped the list.

FFWC holds a flea market fundraiser every year to support children in Macon County.

 

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Throughout all of April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, residents in Macon County held a fundraiser to benefit neglected and abused children. Cousins Stephen Drake and Stephen Wright, both of Franklin, spearheaded the effort.

Proceeds from the fundraiser went toward funding a Royal Family Kids Club camp trip for children from across the state between the ages of 7 and 11, that are currently in the custody of Social Services. Many of the children, Wright said, have never experienced a proper summer vacation.

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