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Roaming the streets of Franklin Saturday night, dodging in and out of the thousands of shoppers who flocked downtown, was the Grinch and his accomplice, Little Cindy Lou Who. With a heart three times too small, the Grinch slithered along Main Street all night posing for pictures with adoring fans, when in reality he was planning how to steal Christmas from the boys and girls in Franklin.

When it came time for seven-year-old Rylie Abel to help Santa light the tree for the first time this year, the Grinch had other plans. Tip-toeing around the gazebo, the Grinch attempted to destroy Santa's plan of bringing Christmas to Main Street.


Before sitting down to indulge in a Thanksgiving feast last Thursday, more than 100 runners headed to the Greenway for the third annual Cold Turkey 5k. Each year, Dave Linn of Bringing it to Life Productions hosts the Thanksgiving morning race which benefits a different charity each year. This year's race beneficiary was local non-profit Read2Me, which promotes early literacy in Macon County.

"I think Read2Me is a terrific program and my children love the events and the books they get because of their efforts so I was excited to partner with them to host a fundraiser to support all they do in the community," said Linn.


Not many people come to the end of 40 years of working in a job, a career, or their life’s calling, and look back with neither regret nor doubt that they chose the right path for their life. One such man is Joe Morris. He freely shared of his experiences of his 40 year career as a law enforcement officer here in Western North Carolina. The common thread running through the narrative was that he had fun. He enjoyed working with the public and with the inmates incarcerated in the facilities where he worked. At times, as with many jobs, it became aggravating and exasperating, but the joy of his calling never left him.

Since Joe’s interest in law enforcement started in his youth, the best place to start is in the very beginning of this life. He was born in Jackson County where, as he said, “I had three meals and moved back to Cherokee County where I grew up.”


“The Music of Christmas”

A little rain couldn’t put a damper on the 2015 Franklin Christmas parade.

Celebrating “The Music of Christmas” dozens of parade floats marched up Main Street, took a turn on Porter Street then to Palmer Street before marching to the Highlands Road.



view more photos and float winners after the jump!


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