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The School Psychology Services of Macon County Schools invites all parents to two Parent Resource Nights in which information will be provided about the role of school psychologists, services available to students, community resources, and mental health services.

The meetings will feature Macon County School psychologists, Macon Psychological Services, Macon TRACS, NC Autism Society, Exceptional Children's Assistance Center, and more. School psychologists are providing these free sessions as a service to Macon County parents.

Session for parents of preschoolers will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m., at the Education Annex of Macon Program for Progress.


The March of Dimes foundation has been working to end premature births and complications from birth for 75 years by helping mothers have full-term pregnancies through research. In local communities across the country, March of Dimes has been helping moms take charge of their health, and supporting families when something goes wrong.

The Macon County Chapter of March of Dimes hosts annual events each year to raise money for the families affected by prematurity in the community. Jennifer Hollifield has served on the Macon County March of Dimes Steering Committee for 17 years acting as chairperson for the last 15 years.


Since the expansion of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to an estimated 1,800 children in Macon County, the program currently has an enrollment of 599 children. The program, which provides one book every month to children from birth to five years old, has had 655 children in the program, with 56 “graduating” or aging out.

Through community donations from individuals, businesses and local government grants, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, which would normally cost $30 per child per year, is free of charge to Macon County residents.

With the goal of promoting early literacy in Macon County children, the Highlands Literacy Council and Read2Me worked to bring the program to the community.


Historic Downtown Franklin is gearing up for its 17th Annual PumpkinFest to be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with some traditional and some very non-traditional fall festivities.

Bring your pumpkin or purchase one downtown from a limited supply and sign up early for the World Famous Pumpkin Roll. The “roll” takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with signup running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The winner receives $100 cash. Other highlights of the day include a screaming contest sponsored by DNET Internet Services, a costume parade and contest, pumpkin pie eating contest, along with arts and crafts, fabulous food, and great entertainment for all ages.


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