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“The Walking Dead” cast offers encouragment.

"After a devastating nuclear explosion in Japan, a horrible outbreak attacks the human race. Felicia, a young girl who takes life for granted, begins to question her faith and after her world has been turned upside down, she meets a group of individuals who will stop at nothing to stay alive during what seems to be the end of days. Will they survive this apocalyptic world? Will they stay strong and ferret out the infected? Will they take the easy way out?"

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Days before turning 83 years old, Macon County resident James Pader set the record for the oldest hiker to climb Mt. Whitney in one day.

Starting the hike up Mount Whitney a little after 8 p.m., Pader said the plan was for the group, which consisted of Pader's daughter Olga Lampkin, his son Jimmy and friend Sarah Lowell, to summit early the next day. At 14,508 feet, Mt. Whitney, located in the Sierra Nevada range of California, is the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States. “Afternoon thundershowers and lightning is always a risk at that altitude and is one of the dangers of being on the summit late in the day,” said Pader. “Lightning had killed hikers there in previous years. Our hope was to summit before noon and begin our return soon after.”

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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.

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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!”

 

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