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The Jackson County Public Library will start registration for the annual Summer Reading Program on Monday, June 8. Anyone interested can come to the Youth Services desk on the first floor of the library to register.

The Summer Reading Program is designed to keep children and teens excited about reading during the summer months. Each registrant will receive a Reading Log and will win various prizes for each week that they read at least 20 minutes a day. Children from birth to 18 are eligible for the program. Children that are not literate can still participate by being read to by an adult.

This year's Summer Reading Program will feature prizes, storytimes, movies, creative writing workshops, arts and craft days, and the usual Big Program Thursdays.

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One of the largest crowds in recent memory gathered at the Macon County Veterans Memorial park for the annual Memorial Day Celebration.

Veteran Navy Captain Tierian (Randy) Cash was the guest speaker for the event.

“Today is a bittersweet day, we get together, we cry, we laugh,” said Cash. “I am convinced if everyone really understood the sacrifice of the one million Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice there wouldn’t be any cars on the road, they would all be here.”

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Rufus III, grandson of Rufus Morgan, will host a conversational exchange about his grandfather's life Friday, June 12, at 7 p.m. at the Macon County Public Library.

Rufus III will discuss what Morgan did to form the Nantahala Hiking Club (NHC), build community awareness, battle environmental issues, all while also being an Episcopal priest.

This informal “gathering” will include a photo montage slideshow made by NHC member Jeff Timinsky, a viewing of the half-hour video/DVD, “On LeConte at 92”, by Georgia Educational TV production, a display of poems, books and other memorabilia.

Rufus III will be available after his talk for casual discourse and snacks.

Corporal White lost his life in the Battle of Sugartown, a little known battle in a remote mountain valley in what would, some 28 years later, become Macon County. The Battle of Sugartown took place

on Sept. 10, 1782, and is said to have been the last battle with the Native Americans during the Revolutionary War. Cpl. White was the only military casualty of the battle. In 1896, a committee of local men determined that Cpl. White should have a fitting tombstone. A marble monument was created and erected in the area where Cpl. White’s body was thought to have been buried. The words, “Corporal White, Pickens Brigade, died in the Battle of Sugartown, Sept. 10, 1782” along with the names of the three men on the committee are engraved on one side of the monument.

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