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The late Senator Bob Carpenter dedicated his life to serving the people of Macon County. From starting Franklin’s little league program and coaching Macon County’s youngest citizens for more than 30 years, to serving eight terms in the North Carolina State Senate, every breath that Senator Bob Carpenter took was to give him strength to continue fighting for Macon County, the best place on earth.

In recognition of his undeniable love and devotion to the community, the Macon County Community building was formally renamed on Saturday in his honor.


October is here and the mountains of southwestern North Carolina will come alive with more than autumn color as the 25th 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 country will be on hand displaying and selling fine jewelry, gems, minerals, and more against the backdrop of spectacular fall color beginning Friday, Oct. 17, through Sunday, Oct. 19.

The Leaf Lookers Gemboree will feature a wide variety of items including fine finished jewelry, rough and cut gems, minerals, fossils, fashion jewelry and collectibles. Dealers will also be available to custom make that special piece of jewelry you’ve always dreamed of or for the upcoming holiday season.


Joe and Butch Deal of Deal Farms have almost come to expect rain whenever they hold their annual Plow Day event at their pumpkin patch located on Highway 64 West. This past weekend, as if on cue, the sky once again opened up and rain showers fell most of the morning. Despite that, Joe said it only dampened the event a little.

“We've still had a pretty good turnout considering the weather,” he said Saturday morning. “There was a few plow teams here earlier but when the weather didn't let up they packed it up and went home.”

But even though the plow teams left early, visitors were still treated to a ride around the field in a horse drawn buggy. While Joe described the season's crop yield, families filed into the parking lot of Deal's Produce, many of whom had out of state tags from surrounding states and from as far as Illinois.


Each year, preterm birth affects nearly 500,000 babies — that's one of every eight infants born in the United States (Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention).

With one out of every eight babies being born too early, the March of Dimes organization has made it a mission to reduce that number drastically by 2020. Through research, education, and awareness, the March of Dimes family works across the country to fight premature births and find a solution.

Each year, the Macon County Chapter of the March of Dimes holds a March for Babies walk in honor and memory of the families who have been affected by premature births. The walk raises much needed funds to help reduce premature births not just in North Carolina, but across the country.


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