18th Annual PUMPKINFEST :: Saturday, October 25 from 9am - 4pm * Downtown Franklin :: CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

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Rare aircraft owner Dr. Jim Franks will present “My Life With a Staggerwing So Far” at the first ever Saturday afternoon meeting of Aviation Historical Society on July 19.

This adventure will involve a search, an unexpected discovery, a young son, and a plane long out of public view in a Macon Airport hangar. Designed in the early 1930s, it is one of the few classic Beech Staggerwing aircraft in existence.

The free program begins at 1 p.m. at the Macon County Airport near Franklin. The public is welcome.

For more information, contact Fred Alexander at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828)506-5869.

A Head Start child’s smile of joy as they pick up a new backpack before their first day of “big school” is an immeasurable reward. Macon Program for Progress (MPP) Back to School Angels is a self-supporting project initiated in 2003 by a group of Head Start parents and staff. To date, MPP has distributed more than 600 backpacks to Head Start children transitioning into Macon County Schools kindergarten classrooms.

Back to School Angels helps low-income families with backpacks and school supplies. Children receive a free backpack containing age-appropriate school supplies.

This year, MPP has 66 requests for backpacks from Head Start children who will enter Macon County Public school kindergarten classrooms on Aug. 25.


Downtown Franklin was filled with visitors Friday morning looking to celebrate the Fourth of July with a patriotic parade that moved down Main Street.

Onlookers were treated to antique cars, patriotic dogs and their owners, Marines, Boy Scouts and even a ponydrawn buggy.


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2nd annual Moonlight Moonshine 10K and Fun Run.

This weekend will mark the second annual Moonlight Moonshine 10k & Half Pint Fun Run benefit for the Macon County Heritage Center at the Historic Cowee School.

The event, which is expected to register more than 100 runners from all over the region, is sponsored in part by the Cowee Community Development Organization (CCDO). Eric Moberg with the CCDO, is excited about the event and the chance to raise some funds for the heritage center. “We started this event to help raise money for all of the community activities that go on at the heritage center at Cowee school,” said Moberg. “From the concert series, to the classes, to the fitness opportunities we schedule, the center is a great resource for the community and the county as a whole.”

According to Moberg, one main project that needs help with financing at the center are renovations to the kitchen so it will pass inspection and be opened for public use. “We want to be able to rent out the kitchen space for canning and classes like cooking for the community, but some improvements need to be made first,” said Moberg.


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