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The Macon County Public Library is conducting a summer reading program.

Children can transform into superheroes this summer. How? By reading! For every seven days that your child reads at least 15 minutes (or that you read to him or her), your child will get a prize. In addition, every child that registers for the summer reading program will get a certificate to the Fun Factory for a free attraction.

The summer reading program will start June 15 and run through Aug. 22. All children ages 0-12 can register at the Macon County Public Library for the “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading Program. By having an active, handson, fun summer reading program, the library’s goal is to prevent the “summer slide” for local children.

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Kathryn Riddle and her husband Jack were enjoying a relaxing afternoon in Cades Cove on Saturday when they noticed a young couple out in the field. After the Riddles spotted the young man get down on one knee, Jack got his camera ready and snapped a photo of the very moment the young man popped the question.

The Riddles waited for the couple to show them the photo, but were unable to find them on Saturday. After returning to their Marshall, N.C., home, Kathryn decided to reach out on social media in hopes of the finding the couple.

“My husband took the picture as we were there with another couple riding in the back of a truck and saw him kneel down. As we passed, my husband zoomed in and took the picture. He enjoys taking once in a lifetime photos and said this was one of them,” she said.

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On Saturday, May 9, the Macon County Chapter 2005 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, reorganized in 1996, gathered for the annual Confederate Memorial Day service at the monument in Rankin Square. This May was also the 150th anniversary of the end of the War Between the States.

Chapter President Jean Farmer gave the welcome and introduced Sam McQuitty who, for the fourth year, provided violin music. Elizabeth Cabe spoke on interesting facts concerning the soldiers serving from Macon County and the history of the monument. Approximately 1,000 men fought for the Confederacy and 41 for the Union. Of these, 300 soldiers were killed or later died of their wounds.

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The number one cause of death in children ages 1 to 19 is motor vehicle collision, and with 75 percent of all car seats being installed incorrectly, raising awareness of child passenger safety can truly mean the difference between life and death.

To help educate the public on the importance of child passenger safety, Safe Kids of Jackson County will be holding Buckle Up, Baby Jackson County, a free car seat safety check this Saturday in the Walmart parking lot in Jackson County. Certified car seat technicians from both Jackson and Macon counties, as well as two senior checkers from Asheville, will be on hand this Saturday to help educate parents on their car seats.

With 75 percent of all car seats being installed incorrectly, technicians are trained to look for a number of things to ensure each seat is the right fit for each child.

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