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Macon County’s annual Halloween in the Park drew about 5,000-6,000 attendees this year, and was greeted with mild temperatures and blue skies.

From Disney princesses to superheroes, children in the community enjoyed twisting and turning through more than 45 booths set up by local businesses and organizations.



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House of Hope mission is to rehab homeless men.

At Monday's Franklin Board of Aldermen meeting, Lowell Monteith approached the board to plead for support from the town and also from the surrounding community at large. The need for support stems from a county wide need of a local homeless and rehabilitation center.

“Last week I had over 15 people come to me who had nowhere to go,” said Monteith who serves as the director of New Hope Center, a non-profit organization that in the near future will offer a shelter for men. “We require a six month commitment from our clients. They have to stay with us. This isn't just to fight homelessness, it's also a rehabilitation center.”


The 2014 Blaine Reunion was held this past weekend in the fellowship hall of Louisa Chapel Methodist Church.

Pictured are (front row, L-R) Linda Moffett, Floyd Moffett, Sara Ruth Baumann, Max Moffet, Jay Still, Mary Hitt, Joanne Moffett, Sylvia Ramsey; (second row, L-R) Don Fisher, Norma Fisher, Bill Stevenson, Bobbie Stevenson, Peggy Whisnant, Ann Mehaffey, Judy Neely, Jan Still, Alice Fisher, Gerald Fisher; (back row, L-R) Hugh Blaine, Edwin Blaine, JD Whisnant, Barbara Blaine, Bobbi Nichols, Scott Moffett, Janet Harwell, Angela Ledford, Mike Taylor, Ginny Cabe, Julie Taylor, Donna Owens, Maridan Pittard and Glenn Moffett.

Photo by Betsey Gooder

Foundation that much closer to its goal of $4.3 million.

It wasn't long ago that things were looking up for members of the Hospice House Foundation of Western North Carolina and their proposal of establishing a 12-patient hospice house facility in Franklin. The foundation had acquired a $1 million match grant from State Employees Credit Union and various private grants, and were on their way to securing a $100,000 grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce with the help of the Town of Franklin. The grant, which is part of the N.C. Department of Commerce's building reuse grant, was contingent on the organization gaining the support of a local governing board that would contribute a five percent ($5,000) cash match to the project. In return for the grant, the organization must create a certain number of jobs.


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