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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.


Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church choir prepares for the 2013 “Just Desserts” performances Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23 and 24.

Tickets are $10. For more information, call (828)226-5893.

The church is at 86 East Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin.



On Thursday, Aug. 8, Angel Medical Center held its fourth annual butterfly release ceremony in memory of those who have died this past year and in honor of the hospice caregivers who work to provide comfort and support to hospice patients and their families.

The butterflies, which are brought in from Florida, are released as a symbol of transition and change.

The ceremony, which has continued to grow each year, offers closure for family members dealing with the transition of losing a loved one.


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