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The friendly competition between Franklin High School and Smoky Mountain High School has earned the name ‘the battle of Cowee Mountain,’ but never has the rivalry been for such a good cause.

The two high schools have been competing to collect gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child (OCC). The results of the competitive charity drive were announced at the FHS vs. SMHS football game on Friday, September 30.

According to FHS cheerleading coach, Jennifer Turner-Lynn, Franklin High School was the official winner of the charitable competition. The figures announced at the football game were that 3,400 boxes were collected for OCC. Turner-Lynn said that one FHS class alone collected over 400 boxes.


After 25 years of service to Macon County and 18 years as Franklin’s Police Chief, Terry Bradley announced that his last day with the Town will be on Jan. 27, 2012.

“I have had a wonderful career,” said Bradley. “The citizens of Franklin and of Macon County are great people to have served, and it has been a pleasure serving them.”

Bradley has dedicated three decades to the North Carolina Law Enforcement System, and even during his retirement, Bradley plans to continue being active in the criminal justice field as an instructor at Southwestern Community College.

“How can you sum up 30 years of service in just one sentence?” Bradley said while reflecting upon his career. “The Town of Franklin has come a long way in 30 years. We have achieved a lot of things that we didn’t have in 1982 when I first started.”


President of the Macon County Humane Society, Gregory F. Boyer, honored past volunteers at a dedication ceremony held Saturday.

From left to right: Suzanne Dilthey, Rudi Meinders, Joyce and Michael Stewart received certificates of appreciation and plaques in honor of their loved ones who dedicated time, money, and service to the Macon County Humane Society.

Joyce and Michael Stewart attended the ceremony in memory of Kat Stewart, who selflessly dedicated her free time to the Humane Society and loved all the animals, especially the cats.


Event to raise breast cancer awareness, funds for mammograms

The 13th Annual Smoky Streak race event is being held Oct. 1 in Sylva to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for mammograms for under-served women.

The Smoky Streak, which consists of a 5-kilometer run, a 10-kilometer run and a 5-kilometer walk, raises money for mammograms for qualifying women in Jackson and Swain counties who otherwise would not be able to afford them.


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