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During the opening ceremony for Macon County's 60th annual agricultural fair, the Board of Directors took time to recognize eight individuals for their service and dedication to the fair.

Fair Director Jerry Sutton led a special presentation for Mike Corn, who has made it possible for the last seven years for Macon County's FFA (Future Farmers of America) to show cows at the fair.

This year, Corn provided 16 animals for the students of the FFA.


According to Feeding America, an organization geared toward combating hunger in the United States, one in six Americans face hunger everyday. In 2011, 50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children. With 2011's national food insecurity average being 14.7 percent, seven states exhibited statistically higher household averages including North Carolina which stood at an overwhelming 17.1 percent. That means 17.1 percent of people across North Carolina have food insecurities and uncertainty about where their next meal will come from.


Last Thursday, Macon County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy participants got an inside look into the undercover operations of the county's Narcotics Unit.

After being elected Sheriff, Robbie Holland made it a priority to develop a Narcotics Unit in Macon County. Prior to his tenure, the western counties of North Carolina shared two narcotics officers for a couple of months out of the year. After becoming Sheriff, Holland applied for a grant that allowed Macon County to hire its first Narcotics Officer. Within the first year, the drug arrests in Macon County increased by 56 percent.


Franklin First United Methodist Church’s Youth Group, in an effort to raise awareness about hunger, has issued an unusual challenge to Franklin’s Methodist churches. The FUMC youth have issued a dare to members of the churches to “Live on $3 a Day” for food from Oct. 11 through Oct. 13. The youth will be following up on this challenge with their Stop Hunger Now mission’s meal packing event on Nov. 2.


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