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The Macon County Heritage Center at Cowee School celebrated its official opening Saturday. Formerly known as Cowee Elementary School, the center was open to the public for a chance to see what the future of the old building would be like and organizer Stacy Guffey was impressed by the turnout.

"The turnout exceeded my expectation," he said. "I was especially impressed by how many people were in the school at times. There were moments where you couldn't even move down the hallway."

On the inside, visitors could find a different display or demonstration in every classroom.


Members of Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild presented 100 baby quilts to Holly Crawford of Haywood and Jackson County’s Head Start programs Monday, Aug. 12. Mary Krishnamurty, head of the Baby Quilt Bee, announced that members have made around 368 baby quilts so far this year. Many guild members live in Jackson County, and the guild's board agreed that the group's outreach programs should expand to include that region.

Crawford told guild members how much the children love having quilts and soft blankets to sleep with while they are in the Head Start facilities. Jackson and Haywood County Head Start facilities currently assist 220 children in their programs. These programs not only take care of children ages birth to five years of age, but also focus on getting them ready to go to school. She related how sometimes the facility provides the most stability and security in a child's life. “Sometimes these children don't know where they are going after they leave the (Head Start) building.”


Outdoor 76 teamed up with Cane Creek, Smoky Mountain Bicycles and Heinzelmannchen Brewery to sponsor a brew ride last Saturday.

The event included a Poker Ride of about 20 miles or so around the roads of Franklin.

After the ride, bikers headed back to Outdoor 76 where prizes were given away along with free beer.


Greg Cummins, a 2009 graduate of Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla., graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on May 24. During his time at Lincoln, Cummins was an AP and honors student as well as a four-year member of the NJROTC unit.

In his four years at the U.S. Naval Academy, he has served in a number of leadership positions including: Company Squad Leader, Company Financial Officer, Company Honor Advisor, Weapons Detail Coach, and Plebe Summer Detailer. Cummins also had the opportunity to study abroad by means of an economics internship at the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom and a language immersion program at the Goethe-Institut in Berlin, Germany. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics having maintained a 3.2 cumulative GPA.


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