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Justin Sanderson, former resident of Franklin and son of Carol (Sanderson) Shelton and the late John Sanderson, announces his engagement to Kristy Fleming.

The couple met in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia where they both reside.

The groom-elect is employed as a business analyst for Ashdown-Ingram Corporation and the brideelect manages the charity foundation, VOICE, which she founded in January 2012. Her parents are Leonard and Heather Fleming who also reside in Brisbane.

Justin's proud and happy grandparents are Richard and Lorraine Sanderson of Franklin and Vivian Crum of Edinboro, Pa.

An April wedding is planned in Brisbane.

Recently, the north carolina department of insurance held its annual shiip coordinators conference in greensboro.

All 100 counties from the state were represented at this meeting to discuss and learn about issues surrounding medicare and upcoming changes and events that will affect shiip, (senior health insurance information program) was developed to take a group of volunteers from each county and train them in the area of medicare and senior health issues.

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The Cowee Pottery School, a non-profit school located in the Macon County Heritage Center, has three workshops coming up soon. All tools and supplies will be provided. Students may want to bring an apron to keep their clothing clean.

On Friday morning, Sept. 19, Carmen Holland and Maria Greene will be teaching Fall Leaves in Clay. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the workshop is designed for ladies. Participants in this class take home a variety of leaf themed trays and bowls built from clay slabs. Student work can be picked up on Friday morning between 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sept. 26 at a morning tea party. Registration fee is $20.

On Saturday morning, Sept. 20, Julie Taylor and Sandy Gladden will be teaching Fall Fun in Clay for Kids from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids from ages 6 to 16 can create functional and non-functional pottery pieces themed around Fall in Macon County. Registration is only $20 and the children can pick up their fired pieces on Saturday morning, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.as cookies and punch are served.

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The Franklin Ubuntu Choir under the direction of Tom Tyre, presented a program of uplifting a capella music from around the world at a Sunday concert at the First Presbyterian Chapel in downtown Franklin.

The concert was supported by the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources and the Arts Council of Macon County.

Photo by Betsey Gooder

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