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Bridging the communications gap between Cold War adversaries is the topic of a Russian language interpreter for the U.S. Air Force at the Tuesday, Sept. 17, Aviation Historical Society meeting.

USAF Russian language interpreter Alan French of Franklin will share his work with delegations from independent nations that were part of the former Soviet Union and Air Force representatives meeting in the U.S.

The program begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Macon County Airport near Franklin. The public is welcome.

For more information, contact Fred Alexander at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828)506- 5869.


The local branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a new leader. Carroll Widenhouse of Otto was set apart by president Wally Booth, of the Asheville Stake, as the president of the Franklin Branch. Helping Widenhouse will be his counselors, Ken Anderson, and Eric Burch.

The Branch serves all of Macon County and part of Jackson County. Sunday meetings are held at 33 Pine Ridge Road just off Highway 28 North. Sacrament Meeting starts at 10 a.m., Sunday School at 11:20 a.m. and Priesthood and Relief Society meetings begin at 12:10 p.m. Visitors are invited to attend any or all Sunday meetings. The Branch also has a well-equipped genealogy/family history center that is available to the public.


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.


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