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This October will find the mountains alive with color in more ways than one as the 26th Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree opens at the Macon County Community Building just south of Franklin, off U.S. Highway 441. Gem and mineral dealers from across the southeast will be on hand displaying and selling their products against the backdrop of spectacular fall color Oct. 16 - 19.

The Leaf Lookers Gemboree will feature a wide variety of items including fine finished jewelry, rough and cut gems, minerals, fossils and collectibles. Dealers will also be available to custom make that special piece of jewelry you’ve always dreamed of or would like to create for that perfect Christmas gift.


“Purple on the Prowl!” will be the theme as the Western Carolina University community comes together to celebrate Homecoming 2015, with major public events planned over a five-day period – Wednesday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 25.

Events include comedy and country music shows featuring nationally known performers, a golf tournament, the traditional parade down Main Street in Sylva, a performance by WCU’s Inspirational Choir, and a football game pitting the Catamounts against the Samford Bulldogs.

Scheduled for Oct. 21 is a Homecoming Comedy Show featuring Colin Jost, one of the stars of NBC’s iconic “Saturday Night Live.” Jost, who is currently SNL’s “Weekend Update” host, will be joined by comedians Jose Barrientos, Chloe Hilliard and Kevin Yee. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Student tickets, free with a valid Cat Card, are available at the information desk of A.K. Hinds University Center. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at bardoartscenter. wcu.edu or (828)227-2479.


“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St. Francis of Assisi According to “Pentecostal Evangel” magazine (May 1959 issue), Macon County pastor Fred Sorrells, started with a vision, a dream, a very large portion of faith, and $800 in cash, and set out to build the Assembly of God Camp Cullasaja off Highlands Road. Along with a congregation of folks willing to volunteer and provide labor for the project, the campground was completed for a fraction of its worth, even back then.

The campground became the meeting place for the Western Assembly of God District. In its heyday, it provided a venue for all types of Assembly of God functions, meetings, camps, and the annual church camp meeting.


A little more than 20 years ago Steve Yust was just a business owner trying to promote his new Franklin business when he stumbled into a radio career that spanned more than two decades. Now, 22 years after accidentally becoming one of the most well-known voices in Macon County, Yust signed off from 1050 WFSC for the last time on Wednesday.

"Steve was a great employee and loyal to the staff and his listeners for 22 years," said Sean Gibson, vice president and general manager of Franklin's First Voice, 1050 WFSC/96.7 WNCC. "He certainly delivered the radio theatre of the mind to the audience. He was able to make it here even during severe weather which can be a real challenge especially with the high volume of phone calls, faxes and emails we receive with closing and cancellation information. I will be handling his show for awhile until we find a replacement. Those are some big shoes to fill."


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