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Franklin came alive last Saturday as thousands of people flocked downtown for the 17th Annual PumpkinFest weekend.

Nearly 700 participants signed up for the famous pumpkin roll competition and this year the winner was from Franklin. “We would like to congratulate Blanche T. on being our winner,” said Linda Schlott, Franklin Main Street Program Executive Director. “Blanche rolled her pumpkin 978 feet!” According to Schlott, this year’s event drew the largest crowds ever.


Great Beginnings Lutheran Preschool held a fall festival last week with games, pumpkin painting, horseback rides and more.

Director Betsy Shephers said, “I would like to thank all of the parents and volunteers who turned out to make the schools fall festival such a great success.

Happy fall y’all!”



Franklin High School's small animal agricultural class is teaming up with Read2Me and the Macon County Public Library to host a fairy tale petting zoo for preschool aged children.

Parents will be attending a class presented by members of the Western Mountain Reading Council on how to increase their child’s vocabulary and instill in them a love of books. The parents will also receive a book called Extraordinary Parent and a binder of activities to use at home with their children. The parent’s class will be available in both English and Spanish.

While parents will have an opportunity to take part in learning the importance of raising a reader, library staff will treat children to a fairy tale themed story time that will be followed by a magical art and craft project for all the little princes and princesses. Read2Me’s Ralph the Reading Dog will also be at the event to sit with children and listen to fairy tales.


Macon Program for Progress Holiday Angels will offer assistance to low income families with young children or elderly during the Christmas holidays. Applications will be available Nov. 4 thru Nov. 29.

Eligible adults must be 63 or older or special needs adults on fixed incomes. Families who apply must have full custody of at least one child 12 or younger. Eligibility follows Federal Poverty guidelines and proof of last 12 months household income is required. Holiday Angels works with other area groups to verify family services and avoid duplication. Holiday Angels eligibility criteria prioritizes families with the greater need and matches clients with a sponsor or uses cash donations to provide some type of assistance as funds allow.


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