25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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It is seldom that our nation's war heroes are honored while they are still living. It is all too often that we hold memorials for those who dedicated their lives to defend our country. Macon County Board of Commissioners, joined by the Franklin Town Aldermen took it upon themselves to make sure that one of the communiy’s heroes received the thanks he deserved, while he was still able to enjoy it. Last Friday, government leaders, veterans and community members gathered at the Veterans Memorial Park to honor one of Macon County's heroes, Nathan B. Henry.

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Historic Downtown Franklin is gearing up for the 16th Annual PumpkinFest to be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this event you can take part in some traditional and some very non-traditional fall festivities.

Bring a pumpkin or purchase one downtown (limited supply) and sign up early for the World Famous Pumpkin Roll sponsored by The Factory. The “roll” takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with signup running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Phillips Street off East Palmer. The winner receives $100 cash. Other highlights of the day include a new screaming contest sponsored by DNET, a costume parade and contest, pumpkin pie eating contest, along with arts and crafts, fabulous food, and great entertainment for all ages.

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Isaac and Jacob Wallace, sons of Jeff and Melissa Wallace of Franklin, are sporting some well traveled livestock these days.

The Wallace boys have shown their animals all across the state, bringing home several top awards.

Isaac’s heifer won grand champion at the Haywood County Fair; reserve champion at the Mountain State Fair; second in its class at the Macon County Fair and placed in the top five as a reserve champion at the State Fair in Raleigh held last weekend. His steer was the grand champion at the Mountain State Fair (at right).

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Rachael Carpenter and Brandon Williams, both of Franklin, N.C., were united in marriage on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Angel Medical Center in Franklin with the Rev. Gary Dodgion officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Vickie and Charles Carpenter of Franklin. She is the granddaughter of the late Dr. Stewart I. Francis and Shirley M. Francis of West Palm Beach, Fla. and the late Colie DuBoise of Tampa, Fla. and the late Zeb and Alvia Carpenter of Franklin.

The groom is the son of Susan and Mike Williams of Franklin, and the grandson of Thomas and Janie Koch, of Clayton, Ga. and Mary and Bill Williams of Franklin. The bride was given in marriage by her father, Charles Carpenter. Matron of honor was her sister, Francis Carpenter.

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