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The Macon County Public Library had a special guest appearance on Monday by Ringling Brothers circus clown J-Man. He read the story "Olivia Goes To The Circus" then entertained the kids with juggling, magic tricks and other clown antics.

The visit was a part of the Reading with Ringling Bros. program. Through the program children who read five books can receive a free child's circus ticket.

The circus will be at the U.S. Celluar Center in Asheville May 8 through May 11. For more information, call the Macon County library at (828)524-3600.


Thirteen-year-old Michael Vargas watched his mother, Laura Vargas endure one chemotherapy treatment after another to combat breast cancer. He decided that he not only wanted to do something to lift her spirits, but to do something positive for all cancer patients in his community. Thus was born Stellar, a mean, lean, cancer fighting machine. Fully decked out in armor and a radiation gun as an arm, Michael created a robot design to help his mother tackle cancer.

Not only did Michael’s design inspire his mother, but it inspired the community. Angel Medical Center teamed up with the Vargas to create shirts sporting Stellar that could be sold with profits going to benefit AMC’s new cancer center.


KIDS Place kicks off Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign

The sight of brightly colored pinwheels blowing in the breeze brings back happy memories of childhood days when no one else in the entire world was as important and special and loved as you. It is for the sake of children and building happy childhood memories that KIDS Place is promoting Pinwheels for Prevention during April for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“We are very excited about this year’s awareness campaign,” said Alisa W. Ashe, KIDS Place Executive Director. KIDS Place is collaborating with local businesses, churches, and other agencies to display about 2,000 pinwheels in 47 pinwheel gardens in Franklin. “By displaying these symbols of childhood, we want to call attention to the problem of abuse in our community and encourage everyone to be a positive support for children and families.” Additionally, the blue bows on lamp posts in downtown Franklin are in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.


Second article in the series explores financial aspects.

Editor's note: Macon County News contributor Harry Taylor is a teacher at Macon Citizens Habilities Inc. (MCH) and is writing a series of articles regarding the operation of MCH. MCH builds lives and gives dignity to citizens who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

This second article in the series emphasizes finances and the search for new ways to generate money to care for the clients of MCH. The clients in this endeavor have been impressed to show that they do have, in their own way, a part in establishing their own destiny. Even though many of them have severe/profound intellectual and developmental disabilities, each one has a place and a purpose in this life.

As an instructor, it is exciting to watch them tackle their tasks with determination and diligence that belies their abilities.


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