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Foundation that much closer to its goal of $4.3 million.

It wasn't long ago that things were looking up for members of the Hospice House Foundation of Western North Carolina and their proposal of establishing a 12-patient hospice house facility in Franklin. The foundation had acquired a $1 million match grant from State Employees Credit Union and various private grants, and were on their way to securing a $100,000 grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce with the help of the Town of Franklin. The grant, which is part of the N.C. Department of Commerce's building reuse grant, was contingent on the organization gaining the support of a local governing board that would contribute a five percent ($5,000) cash match to the project. In return for the grant, the organization must create a certain number of jobs.


This past Saturday marked the first ever Rev it Up for Vets event in downtown Franklin. Those who attended were treated to a car show, music from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s as well as raffle prizes and a silent auction.

According to one of the organizers, John Waldroop, Rev It Up was sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 994 and all the proceeds that were collected go to help veterans or to their children and/or grandchildren.

“We've already given out four scholarships this year,” he said. “The proceeds that were collected on Saturday will also go to help veterans of all wars.” He estimated that 70 vehicles or so were on display in the streets.


The late Senator Bob Carpenter dedicated his life to serving the people of Macon County. From starting Franklin’s little league program and coaching Macon County’s youngest citizens for more than 30 years, to serving eight terms in the North Carolina State Senate, every breath that Senator Bob Carpenter took was to give him strength to continue fighting for Macon County, the best place on earth.

In recognition of his undeniable love and devotion to the community, the Macon County Community building was formally renamed on Saturday in his honor.


October is here and the mountains of southwestern North Carolina will come alive with more than autumn color as the 25th Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree opens at the Macon County Community Building just south of Franklin off U.S. Highway 441. Gem and mineral dealers from across the country will be on hand displaying and selling fine jewelry, gems, minerals, and more against the backdrop of spectacular fall color beginning Friday, Oct. 17, through Sunday, Oct. 19.

The Leaf Lookers Gemboree will feature a wide variety of items including fine finished jewelry, rough and cut gems, minerals, fossils, fashion jewelry and collectibles. Dealers will also be available to custom make that special piece of jewelry you’ve always dreamed of or for the upcoming holiday season.


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