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The rain held off just long enough for the Franklin Chamber of Commerce to thrill patrons on the Fourth of July with one of the largest fireworks displays in Western North Carolina.

Macon County’s Fourth of July Celebration kicked off on in Franklin Friday night with a concert perfomred by Mac Arnold & a Plate Full O’Blues, followed by a parade and fun downtown Satruday morning.

The celebration continued Saturday afternoonat the Macon County rec park with inflatables, much food, and fun for all ages.

The 5th annual Cornhole Tournment was sponsored by ServPro and organized by Blueridge Cornhole of Waynesville.


Photo by Vickie CarpenterFor the last decade, Joe Sanders, owner of JR Sanders Crane, has erected the American flag along Main Street for all to see.

"I have the space and the cranes to do it, so it has just been something we have always done for the community."

According to Sanders, he is on his third flag.

"The wind really takes a toll on the flags, so we are on a third one this year," he said. "I think right now it is more important than ever to fly the flag to remind everyone that we as a nation should be united. There are so many things tearing us apart, and right now we need to remember what brings us together and be grateful for those things."

Students enrolled in Southwestern Community College's Cement Trade at the LBJ Job Corps recently completed a community enhancement project at the Jerry Sutton Public Safety Training Complex (PSTC) in Franklin.

Under the guidance of instructor Keith Ashe and assistant instructor Bill McConnell, the students utilized the skills learned in the program to build steps and a walkway around the flag pole in the parking lot. The new walkway has become an important part of the flag raising and lowering ceremonies that are held every morning and afternoon.

“The steps were in disarray and a hazard before, and the students did a great job on the steps and walkway; they are a wonderful add-on to our campus and have helped make that area a safer place,” said Curtis Dowdle, SCC’s dean of public safety training. “And the new flagpole allows for the honor guard to properly present the colors, and allows us to all appropriately honor the flag during the drill and ceremony our recruits do on a daily basis.”


In March, attendees to Angel Medical Center’s Ladies Night Out program brought items to donate to KIDS Place.

In the photo at right, from left are Dawn Wilde Burgess, Community Health Promotion Supervisor, Macon County Public Health; Elizabeth Adams, Executive Director, KIDS Place; and Bonnie Peggs, director of Public Relations and Chaplaincy, Angel Medical Center.

In April, the group contributed to Brighter Vision throught the Lion’s Club.

Attendees to Angel Medical Center’s Ladies Night Out in May brought items to donate to Macon County Care Network (CareNet).




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