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For more than three decades, Franklin native Jerry Sutton has been an integral part of every key decision made by Southwestern Community College’s board of trustees. For 32 years, Sutton served on SCC's board and helped shape education in Western North Carolina.

"Education in Macon County and in all of Western North Carolina is better today for having Jerry Sutton lay a foundation and a vision for Southwestern Community College over the last 30 years," said Macon County Commission Chair Kevin Corbin. "Mr. Sutton and I may not be a part of the same political party, but when it comes to education and the future generations of our community, Mr. Sutton has always put them first and ensured that they had an opportunity to succeed."


After Franklin resident and Macon County News publisher Betsey Gooder spent Thanksgiving volunteering at the First Presbyterian Church, she started to wonder where the more than 400 people who came to the church for a Thanksgiving meal would go for a meal on Christmas.

With many restaurants closed for the holiday and many dedicated organizations such as CareNet and the Serving Spoon working before Christmas to provide food items for those in need, Gooder realized that there might be a need on Christmas Day and decided to do something about it, thus, the idea for a free Soup to-go on the town square was born.


Franklin wrapped up the 2015 Winter Wonderland celebration last weekend on Main Street.

The second weekend of the event inlcuded special appearances from characters of the highly anticipated film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

A crowd favorite from last year’s Winter Wonderland, Olaf from the Disney movie “Frozen” also did some holiday shopping.




The halls of the Historic Cowee School were full of holiday spirit last Saturday for the second annual Cowee Christmas Celebration.

"The Second Annual Cowee Christmas was warm and festive and well attended," Claire Suminski, one of the event organizers and board member of the Cowee Community Development Organization. "One of the vendors said to me, 'There is so much joy and laughter here. Very different feel than recent craft shows I have been a part of.' That made me very happy."

Cowee Christmas was the final stop of the Heritage Progressive Event, an annual event held to celebrate the rich heritage of the community.


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