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Macon County Community Foundation accepting grant applications for nonprofits through Sept. 10

The board of advisors of the Macon County Community Foundation is currently accepting grant requests for community projects funded from its community fund, according to grants chairperson, Regina Lupoli.

Funds are available for nonprofit organizations that serve general charitable needs in Macon County.

Applications are available online only. Visit for information about applying online.


The 17th annual Habitat for Humanity Shrimp Boil was held on Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin. The event was held to benefit Habitat for Humanity Macon/Jackson.

Volunteers prepared 450 lbs. of shrimp for nearly 500 guests along with all the fixings.

A new royal court was crowned. Joe Suminski was crowned Shrimp Boil King, downing 38 shrimp in five minutes. Jay Bueck was named Shrimp Prince eating 38 shrimp. Shrimp Queen Madison Bueck ate 26 shrimp in five minutes. Co-princesses and sisters, Cholie and Colby Westerman ate four shrimp each.


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.


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