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Mr. and Mrs. Jim Crisp of Franklin annouce the engagment of their daughter, Shannon Elizabeth Crisp, to Austin Tony Shuler, son of Tony and Janet Shuler of Franklin.

The bride-elect is a full time student at Western Carolina University majoring in elementary education, and works as a waitress at Sunset, in the accounting department at Franklin Tubular Products, and is the owner of Southern Belle Hauling, LLC.

The groom-elect attended Tri County Community College for welding, works as a heavy equpiment operator for Tony Shuler Grading, Inc., and is the owner of ATS Hauling and Excavating.

The wedding date is set for Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Bloemsma Barn located in Franklin.

The First United Methodist 26th Annual Bazaar will be held on Friday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, July 27, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the county fair building at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center on 441S.

Every year the proceeds from the bazaar go to some type of mission work. Some of the programs that have benefited from the annual fundraiser are CareNet, Mountain Intermediate School, Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center and the Rathbun Center in Asheville among others.

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Just a few months after the two-year anniversary of joining the United States Air Force, John B. Mitchell, 22, nearly lost his life in combat.

The 2009 Nantahala High School graduate grew up in Macon County's Nantahala Community, and joined the Air Force in March 2011 after studying Criminal Justice at Western Carolina University. He was a member of the TACP (Tactical Air Control Party), a small group in the Air Force who travelled with the Army.

Mitchell had been deployed in Afghanistan since March 2013 and was due to return home in mid-September.

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Last Tuesday, commissioners recognized Macon County residents Stephanie Smathers and Rebecca Schilling for their work constructing a courtyard at the Highlands School.

Smathers, who teaches science at Highlands, developed the idea and reached out to Schilling, member of the Mountain Garden Club and other members of the community to work together to beautify the Highlands campus by turning the school courtyard into an outdoor classroom.

The development of the outdoor courtyard became an educational experience for the Highlands students.

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