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Sometimes situations arise that require swift action with little time to think. It is during these moments that a person's strength of character comes through. While riding the bus on his way home from school, Union Academy 8th grader Dakota Holland found himself in one of those very situations.

Macon County Schools bus driver Angie McGuire said she was traveling up Rose Creek nearing the end of her bus route when an abrupt stop sent a kindergartner named Makayla into the floor. Upon hearing her crying, Dakota left his seat in the front of the bus to check on her. After reaching her, Dakota noticed that Makayla was bleeding from her head.


Confederate groups converged on Rankin Square Saturday to hold a memorial service for those who lost their lives in the Civil War.

A wreath was laid at the the monument at Rankin Square in downtown Franklin which was erected in memory of The Sons of Macon County who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, 1861-1865.

May 10 marks the anniversary of the death of North Carolinian Col. William Holland Thomas who served in the Confederate States Army, where he led Thomas' Legion of Cherokee Indians and Highlanders.


Two foreign exchange students’ lives changed forever

Growing up in northwest Germany, in a little town called Kirchlengern, 16-year-old Anni usually celebrated her birthday with members of her family. This year, her 16th birthday came while Anni was here in Franklin as a part of the foreign exchange program while she studies at Franklin High School. Her host family and members of her soccer team gave Anni a surprise birthday that she is sure to remember for years.

Anni’s sweet 16 surprise in the states started off as it would have back home in Germany.


On March 18, board members from REACH announced plans to begin a capital campaign that would bring in $300,000 to build a new domestic violence shelter. Those funds, coupled with a $900,000 grant from the state of North Carolina Housing Finance Agency for Supportive Housing will carry out the plans to have a new shelter by the end of 2015.

However, the state grant is dependent on the way the other funds are raised explained board member Cindy Trevathan.


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published: 10/18/2013
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