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Clayton Slade, a recent summa cum laude graduate of Southwestern Community College’s Outdoor Leadership program, won the grand prize for SCC’s annual career seminar series – an initiative to prepare students for job searches and professional success.

That grand prize, a laptop donated by the Drake Retail Businesses (Dalton’s Christian Bookstore, DNet Internet Services, Franklin Golf Course, Macon Printing, Microtel Inn & Suites and Sportszone) of Franklin, was just what Slade needed to get off to a strong start in his new role as assistant manager of Nantahala river rafting operations for the Nantahala Outdoor Center.

“I jumped up and down a bit,” Slade said. “The last laptop I had broke down five years ago, and I haven’t had one since. … I am so grateful to the Drake Retail Businesses for providing this amazing piece of equipment and to SCC for helping me develop the skills I need to be successful.”

To be eligible for the prize drawing, Slade and other participants were required to attend at least two career center events. He attended three: dining etiquette, job fair and interviews in the round.

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The Macon County Public Library is conducting a summer reading program.

Children can transform into superheroes this summer. How? By reading! For every seven days that your child reads at least 15 minutes (or that you read to him or her), your child will get a prize. In addition, every child that registers for the summer reading program will get a certificate to the Fun Factory for a free attraction.

The summer reading program will start June 15 and run through Aug. 22. All children ages 0-12 can register at the Macon County Public Library for the “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading Program. By having an active, handson, fun summer reading program, the library’s goal is to prevent the “summer slide” for local children.

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Kathryn Riddle and her husband Jack were enjoying a relaxing afternoon in Cades Cove on Saturday when they noticed a young couple out in the field. After the Riddles spotted the young man get down on one knee, Jack got his camera ready and snapped a photo of the very moment the young man popped the question.

The Riddles waited for the couple to show them the photo, but were unable to find them on Saturday. After returning to their Marshall, N.C., home, Kathryn decided to reach out on social media in hopes of the finding the couple.

“My husband took the picture as we were there with another couple riding in the back of a truck and saw him kneel down. As we passed, my husband zoomed in and took the picture. He enjoys taking once in a lifetime photos and said this was one of them,” she said.

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On Saturday, May 9, the Macon County Chapter 2005 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, reorganized in 1996, gathered for the annual Confederate Memorial Day service at the monument in Rankin Square. This May was also the 150th anniversary of the end of the War Between the States.

Chapter President Jean Farmer gave the welcome and introduced Sam McQuitty who, for the fourth year, provided violin music. Elizabeth Cabe spoke on interesting facts concerning the soldiers serving from Macon County and the history of the monument. Approximately 1,000 men fought for the Confederacy and 41 for the Union. Of these, 300 soldiers were killed or later died of their wounds.

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