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School’s out and it is time for 4-H summer activities. Macon County 4-H is now registering youth 5-18 for 4-H Summer Relief. A wide array of fun summer classes are being offered from hiking to Cupcake Wars, building stomp rockets, crafts and exploring Macon County.

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, with six million members across the United States. Here in Macon County, 4-H has 12 clubs that meet on a monthly basis.

Interest areas span from archery and shooting sports to chess, crafts and livestock. This month 4-H has started three new youth clubs: a Junior Gardeners Club, a Youth Poultry Club and a Scrapbooking Club. All clubs are for 5- to 18-year-olds and meet once per month.


Macon County non-profit organizations have until July 31, 2015, to apply for county funds through the Macon County Community Funding Pool (CFP). Application forms and instructions are available on the Macon County website,, or may be picked up at the Macon County Public Library on Siler Farm Road in Franklin, the Hudson Library on Main Street in Highlands, and the Nantahala Public Library on Nantahala School Road.

Organizations applying for CFP funds must provide financial statements such as budgets and federal tax-exempt reports, organization goals and objectives and program/service descriptions.


Get ready for a spectacular 4th of July as the Franklin Chamber of Commerce finalizes plans for the largest annual Independence Day celebration in Western North Carolina. The 4th of July Fireworks & Fun Day will be held at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Recreation Park just south of Franklin off U.S. 441 on Saturday, July 4. Activities will begin in the park at 1 p.m. and conclude at dark with one of the largest fireworks shows in the area.

“We always work hard to make this a very special day for those who attend,” said Cindy Cavender, Special Events Coordinator for the Chamber. “Our plans are complete and the crowds can expect a spectacular day of fun and excitement for the entire family. The day will begin at 1 p.m. with lots to do including live entertainment, bungee jump, cornhole and horseshoe tournaments, the famous Plunger Toss and Bulls Eye Ball Drop.”


For the first time in seven years the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will be shooting fireworks in downtown Sylva on Saturday, July 4.

This year’s fireworks will be shot from land in Sunrise Park owned by Wayne Smith. The fireworks will be visible from all over downtown Sylva and beyond.

As part of the Independence Day celebration on July 4, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Town of Sylva and Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department have organized two, first class, free concerts at the Bridge Park Pavilion prior to the fireworks.


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