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Citizens Academy learns about those protecting the county’s youth

During week five of the Macon County Sheriff's Office 10- week Citizens Academy, participants learned about the services provided for the community's youngest residents. The juvenile investigation unit is designed to not only protect the rights of children in Macon County, but to also investigate incidents where minors are suspected of a crime. Led by Amy Stewart and Dani Burrows, the juvenile division of the MCSO is charged with the special task of working with the county's youth.


Service project for The Rathbun Center close to home.

Despite life challenging obstacles, 17-year-old Ryan Bennett is working hard each day to achieve his dreams. After many years of hard work and dedication in the Boy Scouts, Bennett, then 16, earned the rank of Eagle Scout during the 100th anniversary of the Eagle Scout Program.

Not only did Bennett achieve his dream of becoming an Eagle Scout, he used the opportunity of completing an Eagle Scout Service Project to give back to an organization that made his dreams possible.

When Bennett was born, he was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that can affect the lungs and/or digestive system. Because of Bennett's diagnosis, when he was born he had to stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mission Hospital in Asheville.


The Macon County Fair will be held at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center, Sept. 11- 15 for the 60th year. This year's theme will be the Diamond Jubilee.

The fair has marked many Maconian's lives over the years, making an impact on those who look forward to it each fall. From the livestock barns to the cultural exhibits located inside, the fair has exceeded expectations year in and year out for people who come to the fairgrounds looking to see what could be the last North Carolina fair that is entirely agriculturally based.

“I can't confirm whether it is the only agriculturally based fair but I can say that it is at least one of the few left,” said Alan Durden, director of the Cooperative Extension in Macon County. “Ours revolves completely around agriculture and crafts.”


The Franklin Garden Club, in cooperation with the Macon County Fair Board, will hold its annual flower show at the 60th Annual Macon County Fair. The flower show will be open to the public starting at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 11, and will continue through Sunday, Sept. 15. The show will be located in Building D of the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center on South Georgia Road (Hwy. 441.)

Both full-time and seasonal residents of Macon County are invited to exhibit flowers and plants at the show; entries will be accepted between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10.


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