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The Macon County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a 10-week Citizens Academy. During the course of the academy, residents are being afforded the opportunity to get up close and personal with various duties carried out by the Sheriff’s Office including community patrols, DUI enforcement, K9 demonstrations, and tactical SWAT team scenarios.

The educational program is intended to build a closer partnership with the local community and the Sheriff's Office. Each week, The Macon County News will report on the topic of the previous week's academy session.


The Macon Aero Modelers Club, in support of and raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, will celebrate National Model Aviation Day as part of the Academy of Model Aeronautic's (AMA) mission to promote model aviation. The event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the club's flying field in Otto, beginning at 9 a.m. The event is open to the public and anyone interested in aviation is welcome.

The event's mission is to support the AMA's development of model aviation as a recognized sport and recreation activity.


The Cowee School that is located just off of Highway 28 in the Cowee West Mill District of Macon County no longer houses the laughter of children and the lessons of elementary school teachers, but that does not mean that others won't be benefitting from its place in the community for years to come. A celebration planned for this Saturday will kick off the school's new role for the future as a cultural and community center for residents of the Cowee area and Macon tours of Cowee West's Mill Historic District. Vehicles may park at Cowee Baptist Church and Snow Hill Methodist Church where there will be a complimentary shuttle to take visitors back and forth. Balsam Range will perform at 7 p.m. and a dinner will be prepared by Chef Lindsay Kent of the Cottage. The 200 tickets that were available for the dinner have sold out.


The 210th unit of the Army National Guard based in Macon County is seeking help from the community to gather supplies for soldiers deployed overseas in Afghanistan.

Last Wednesday, Fredric Litchford and Ely Carnathan were on hand to kick off the monthlong donation drive.

In June of this year more than 25 soldiers from the unit's military police were deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Soldiers with the 210th are primarily responsible for providing security and enforcement operations for military bases.


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