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Saturday's rainfall didn't stop families from coming out to the Macon County Public Library on Saturday for Read2Me's annual parent training event.

About 20 families stopped by the library and participated in crafts from the Western Mountain Reading Council, bicycle safety information and goodies from Smoky Mountain Bicyles and free books from Read2Me.

The annual parent training events, which are held each fall, are part of Read2Me's initiative to increase public awareness on the importance of raising a reader.

This year's event, themed "Roll Into Reading" featured crafts, music and stories about bicycles, buses and cars. Children were even able to visit with Ralph the Read2Me therapy dog.


Macon Tracs held its annual 8th annual Blue Jean Ball charity benefit last Saturday at the Macon County Fairgrounds.

Macon Tracs is a non-profit organization that provides equine assisted activities and therapies for individuals with disabilities in Western North Carolina and Northeast Georgia.

Proceeds from the Blue Jean Ball will be used to provide scholarships to the program.


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Rev. Fred W. Balke, founding pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and his wife, Sue, return to Franklin to resume pastoral leadership of Good Shepherd after serving on the administrative staff of The American Association of Lutheran Churches at the national office in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Balke has served in several administrative capacities over the years for various church institutions including the Adult Christian Education Foundation in Madison, Wis., the Lutheran Center in Detroit, Mich., and the Greater Council of Lutheran Churches in Michigan.


Bruce and Pauline Browning Crawford were married on Oct. 8, 1955, in Walhalla, S.C.

They have three children, 10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

The family gathered over the weekend to celebrate with them at their home in Cartoogechaye.

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