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This week’s Thursdays at the Library program will feature “Touching the Face of History - the Story of the Plott Hound, North Carolina’s Official State Dog.”

The Plott bear hound is the official state dog of North Carolina and is widely recognized as one of the world's premier big game hunting hounds. The breed is unique in many ways, including its Germanic origins, distinctive appearance, fierce loyalty, tenacity, and intelligence. But it is the story of the breed that truly sets it apart from all others. And it is a story that award winning author and historian Bob Plott, the great-great-great grandson of Johannes George Plott, is uniquely qualified to tell.

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Get a bargain and help the children of Macon County at the same time, when you attend the Federated Franklin Woman's Club Annual Flea Market on Saturday, Aug. 17. The doors open at 8:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church on Church Street.

Items for sale include household décor, the clothing boutique, kitchenware, bed and bath items, novels and recipe books, jewelry, furniture, Christmas decorations and home baked goods. All are donated by the club members and friends of the Federated Franklin Woman's Club that support the youth of Macon County.

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The Charles George VA Medical Center’s Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Franklin will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m. with a flag ceremony that will be conducted by local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) color guards.

Veterans, members of local government and the community are invited to attend.

Parking will be available at the Franklin High School parking lot on Wayah Street with shuttle service provided by Macon County Transport.

The Hospice House Foundation of Western North Carolina (HHF) was founded in 2005 with the goal of building a sixbed facility that would allow patients a feeling of comfort while experiencing, in most cases, their final days of life.

After many challenges that were presented along the way, those goals have become more attainable – from the purchase of the Dryman home located on Maple Street here in Franklin, to the Certificate of Need being awarded to the foundation, and now with a challenge grant being awarded in the sum of $1 million.

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