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October 25

Highlands Road merchants will be passing out candy and giving free hayrides from 3 to 6 p.m.

October 26

Franklin's Main Street program will host the annual PumpkinFest on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a pumpkin roll, screaming contest, costume parade, pie eating contest and trick or treating with merchants.

Pinegrove Baptist Church will be hosting a fall festival, from 3 to 6 p.m. Pony rides, hayrides, multiple bounce houses, games, food, costume contest and much more.


After learning that large breed dogs sitting in local shelters for extended periods of time were having a hard time being adopted out, Kimberly Lee founded WNC Large Breed K9 Rescue in January to give big dogs a second chance.

After going into shelters to rescue large breed dogs, Lee discovered that some animals were left at the shelter simply because the owners couldn't afford to feed them.

“I found that a lot of animals in the kill shelters were there simply due to families not being able to feed them with the economy being so poor right now,” she said.


After being diagnosed with Bone Cancer in August, Frank Stewart McDermott decided that he didn't want to wait any longer to live out his dream of riding a fire truck, so for his 72nd birthday, Franklin Fire and Rescue made his dream come true on Friday.

Living with a disability, McDermott lived with his parents, his primary caregivers, until they passed away. He became a resident of Grandview Manor Care Center in April 2010.

Growing up in Washington D.C., McDermott lived next to a fire house most of his life. He has always watched the trucks going in and out with fascination, but has never been able to ride one.


Participants evaluate inaugural Sheriff’s Department course.

The Macon County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) wrapped up the first Citizens Academy recently with a graduation ceremony held at Fat Buddies.

During the 10-week course, citizens were afforded the opportunity to get up close and personal with various duties carried out by the sheriff’s office including community patrols, DUI enforcement, K9 demonstrations, and tactical SRT team scenarios. The educational program was intended to build a closer partnership with the local community and the sheriff's office.


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