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Dale Galloway and his family know what tragedy looks like. In 2006, the Galloways moved their two bright, young sons Connor, 12, and Aidan, 10, to Jackson County where Dale was offered a job as Smoky Mountain High School's head football coach. The family had moved often as a result of Dale's career, but this time, he and his wife, Michele, felt like maybe it would be the last time and that their boys would finish high school in the small town. Their oldest son, Connor, was an intelligent child who loved history —decorating his bedroom with with statues of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln —and football, just like his dad, and taking care of his little brother. In August 2007, with construction on their new home complete, the family moved in, anticipating a new life with new jobs and new schools, never imagining the nightmare that would occur only months later.


Celebrating 25 years of railroading excellence and enjoyment, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR) is anticipating a fantastic “Silver Season” in 2013! This year will be packed full of opportunities to explore the beauty of Western North Carolina by train and delight in the adventure of railroad engineering. Special promotions and discounts will be offered this year as well as 25th Anniversary merchandise being sold exclusively in the Smoky Mountain Trains Gift Shop! All of the favorite special events that add extra excitement to Bryson City and Dillsboro will be returning, with the addition of brand new events to enjoy!


Macon County Public Library will hold the 3rd Walking with Spring series of programs in conjunction with downtown Franklin's April Fools Trail Days (aprilfoolstraildays.com) festival on: Thursday, March 21 - 5:30 p.m. - Library Living Room, reception for nature-inspired art celebrating the Appalachian Trail.

Local students will present their art and receive awards for their work on display in the library. The art show is also sponsored by the Nantahala Hiking Club, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and Macon County Schools.


Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church recently welcomed Dr. Richard L. Holmes as its new pastor. Dr. Holmes received his D. Min. degree from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

As a firm believer, he has dedicated his life over the past 25 years to the pastoral ministry. Pastor and his wife, Nancy, have three adult children.


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