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Last Saturday, local law enforcment sponsored a car show at the Holly Springs Shopping Center to benefit Shop with a Cop. Car enthusiasts from all around gathered in the parking lot in front of the old Wal-Mart store to show off their prized selections. On-lookers were likely to find anything from old hot-rods to more contemporary models.

Organizer and part-time deputy Nick Lofthouse was proud of the turnout at the inaugural show which saw around 78 vehicles on display.


Dennis Tippett, former 9-1-1 dispatcher, was given a hometown hero’s welcome Saturday. Tippett was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was sent home to hospice care from the Philadelphia Cancer Center.

On his way home, Tippett’s vehicle was met at the state line by N.C. Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriff’s Department, and Franklin Police Department and was escorted up the Georgia Road (441 S.) past the community building where area emergency services personnel and vehicles waited.


Since its founding in 1927, the Highlands Biological Station has had a wider scope than research alone. A quote from Ralph Sargent’s book “Biology in the Blue Ridge” (1977) summarizes this idea nicely – “[The Highlands Biological Station] has sought to interest local residents, visitors, and the general public in the full natural and cultural history of the region and to bring to them awareness of and care for the whole environment, physical, biological, and human of the southern mountains.” One of the station’s most enduring avenues for spreading this interest has been the tradition of weekly summer lectures. Every summer the Highlands Nature Center hosts evening lectures on Thursdays focused on the theme of natural history and conservation, a tradition that began in the 1930s. Today, these lectures are known as the Zahner Conservation Lecture Series.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce is finalizing plans for the largest annual Independence Day celebration in Western North Carolina. The 4th of July Fireworks in the Park will be held at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Recreation Park just south of Franklin off U.S. 441 on Thursday, July 4. Activities will begin in the park at 3 p.m. and conclude at dark with the largest fireworks display in the area.

“We always work hard to make this a very special day for those who attend,” said Cindy Cavender, special events coordinator for the Chamber. “Our plans are complete and the crowds can expect a spectacular day of fun and excitement for the entire family. While the day will not begin until 3 p.m. there will still be lots to do including live entertainment, bungee jump, a horseshoe tournament, a cornhole tournament, the famous Plunger Toss and new this year, the blind golf cart obstacle course. A special added attraction this year will be a free kid’s inflatable area sponsored by Biltmore Baptist Church. In addition to the inflatables, Biltmore Baptist Church is the sponsor of this year’s fireworks display.”


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