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Second grade students at Cartoogechaye Elementary received a visit from members of the Macon County Sheriff's Department on Feb. 7.

Officers Craig Stahl, Clay Bryson and David Blanton, along with their K-9 companions, Conan, Hoss and Zee presented a program about their jobs as K-9 law enforcement officers.

The officers did several demonstrations with the dogs.

This visit was in conjunction with what the students were learning in class about community helpers and a book they had read about a K-9 police officer.

It's the same old tune for the Macon County Cooperative Extension. This year, just in time for the spring season, officials will be trying to find ways to counteract a shrinking budget.

The county's Cooperative Extension office is an arm of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service (NCEE), the largest outreach program at North Carolina State University. The Cooperative Extension is a partnership that began in 1914 when county, state and federal governments joined together to provide citizens access to knowledge generated by public universities.

The extension provides educational programing in sustaining agriculture and forestry, protecting the environment, maintaining viable communities, developing responsible youth, and developing strong, healthy and safe families.


Have you ever had a fleeting thought like, “I’d really love to do that?” Maybe swim the English Channel, climb Mt. Everest, or fly a single engine airplane around the world, but like most people, you haven’t followed through with the idea? Your adventurous spirit may still have those fleeting thoughts, but much too quickly, life passes us by. Have you waited too long? Is it too late to realize those dreams? Absolutely not! It’s never too late.

One day about two years ago, I was sitting at a picnic table outside the Fixed Based Operator’s (FBO) office with a good friend of mine, Debasish Banerjee, whom everyone calls DB. DB is a professor of Computer Information Systems at Western Carolina University, and in his free time loves to fly his Cessna 182 single engine airplane.


A-4 Skyhawk Pilot Jim Delise will recall missions over Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia between 1964-66 at the Tuesday, Feb. 18, Aviation Historical Society meeting.

Delise, a 1962 Naval Academy graduate, flew 110 missions and was a combat flight instructor.

The program begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Macon County Airport near Franklin. There is no charge and the public is welcome.

For more information, contact Fred Alexander at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828)506-5869.

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published: 10/18/2013
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