61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Members of the community came together last Friday night for the “Salute to Veterans” event to recognize veterans from every United States war from World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Local veterans and their guests were allowed a free entrance into the football game and were honored by a series of standing ovations from the stands and music by Rhonda and Luke Bateman and Franklin's own Blue Ridge. “I think the ceremony went very well and the community support is great and every year we are asked to please continue doing it,” said event organizer Rhonda Blanton.

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Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler inducted a Macon County man into the N.C. Mountain State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Friday, Sept. 7, at the Western N.C. Agricultural Center.

Steve Ledford was one of two inductees recognized for his outstanding contributions to the livestock shows at the Mountain State Fair. Mike Stiles of Cherokee County was the other inductee. Each inductee received a plaque for their accomplishments. An additional plaque will be displayed in the Livestock Sales Arena following the 2012 N.C. Mountain State Fair.

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Board will allocate from community funding pool.

With the weight of the economy just beginning to lighten, nonprofits in Franklin found themselves before the Franklin Board of Aldermen to request crucial funds for community programs.

The board heard requests from non-profits operating in Franklin for grants from the town's funding pool. “Typically the town sets aside funding each fiscal year to be used by the nonprofits in Franklin,” said Mayor Joe Collins during the meeting.

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Awarded Macon County Medallion of Honor

The Macon County Board of Commissioners will honor two men from Macon County who were among the longest serving prisoners of the Vietnam War in a special ceremony in Franklin on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Nathan B. “Nat” Henry, a lifelong Macon County resident, and Dr. Thomas M. McNish, who grew up in Macon County, will each receive the Macon County Medallion of Honor during the ceremony, scheduled for 2 p.m. at the gazebo on the square in downtown Franklin.

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