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How do you make a 212-mile running-relay through remote forestland safe? Call the County Mounties! Linda Harrison and her group of 18 ladies, with their husbands, patrol 25 miles of the Smoky Mountain Relay race course from Pickens Nose to Wayah Road one night a year.

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Chad McConnell, president of The Poultry Club is pleased about the club’s first year. "We had an amazing first year.

I look forward to the new year and the things we have planned.” Among upcoming events are the showmanship class, the county fair, and the Bantam show on Oct. 5. The club currently has 42 members, and 15 corporate sponsors.

The club meets the third Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Macon County Extension Center. From beginning to very experienced, are welcome. Contact Chad McConnell ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for more information.

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Friends of the Jackson County Public Library are featuring this Bear Went Over the Mountain quilt as a fund raiser for the Sylva library.

Custom-crafted locally by Carolina Quilters, the generous, queen-size (91 x 109”) quilt is alternately available for viewing at the library and the FOL Used Book Store in downtown Sylva. Raffel ticketsare $1 each or six for $5 and are available at the book store or from any FOL member or volunteer.

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Pictured are Crystal Nix with Macon Program for Progress, and Beverly Barnett, president of Kiwanis of Franklin.

Nix spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Franklin on March 19 about MPP's summer lunch program for children in Franklin needing the program.

The lunch program provides lunch for any child in Franklin who would otherwise go hungry. The children do not have to meet any requirements.

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