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Fallen Western North Carolina Police officers were remembered at the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony.

Al Caiata, Sergeant at Arms, of FOP Lodge #81, was Master of Ceremonies.

A roll call of the officers was given by Sgt. John Hook, with the tolling of the bell after each name by Larry Miller and Gery Keppen.

Piper Jean Hayes performed musical accompaniment.



A large group of very special athletes gathered at Macon Middle School, Friday, May 9, to compete in the 2014 Far West Regional Special Olympics, track and field competition. Two hundred twenty-two athletes representing Qualla Boundary, and Macon, Cherokee, Clay, and Graham counties competed in the day’s events. Another 348 caregivers, volunteers and other helpers provided assistance and support for the participants. Families, friends and spectators brought the total attendance to more than 1,000 people.

Excitement and anticipation of a great day of competition filled the arena as the crowd assembled in preparation for the day’s activities, with cloudy skies and a cooling breeze tempering the heat from the early part of the week.


Sometimes situations arise that require swift action with little time to think. It is during these moments that a person's strength of character comes through. While riding the bus on his way home from school, Union Academy 8th grader Dakota Holland found himself in one of those very situations.

Macon County Schools bus driver Angie McGuire said she was traveling up Rose Creek nearing the end of her bus route when an abrupt stop sent a kindergartner named Makayla into the floor. Upon hearing her crying, Dakota left his seat in the front of the bus to check on her. After reaching her, Dakota noticed that Makayla was bleeding from her head.


Confederate groups converged on Rankin Square Saturday to hold a memorial service for those who lost their lives in the Civil War.

A wreath was laid at the the monument at Rankin Square in downtown Franklin which was erected in memory of The Sons of Macon County who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, 1861-1865.

May 10 marks the anniversary of the death of North Carolinian Col. William Holland Thomas who served in the Confederate States Army, where he led Thomas' Legion of Cherokee Indians and Highlanders.


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published: 10/18/2013
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