61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Plant ecologist Tim Spira will present a program “Beyond Identification: The Ecology of Wildflowers,” Thursday, June 26, at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library.

Spira will expound on the many interesting ways that plants adapt to their environments and how to interpret common features of native plants.

He will answer such questions as, why flowers are so variable in size, color, shape, and fragrance or why fruits change color as they age, and why some fruits are sweet and others are not? And, why leaves differ in size, shape, and color?

The answers to questions such as these adds a new dimension to understanding and appreciating wildflowers.

 

 

 

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“Every day this summer is a chance to give a lifesaving gift,” said Sharon Pitt, CEO of the Carolinas Blood Services Region. “Making a blood donation with the Red Cross is an easy way to extend hope and help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients here in our community and across the nation.”

Vacations and summer activities often result in a decline in blood donations during the summer. In fact, during the months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. The trend is particularly noticeable around holidays like Independence Day, which is why all presenting blood donors from June 30 through July 7 will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last.

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Zenobia Keezer, 12, of Franklin has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss North Carolina Pageant to be held June 26-28 in Winston-Salem.

Keezer is a member of the Girl Scouts, earning both a bronze and a silver award. She attends Macon Middle School where she is a cheerleader. She participates in gymnastics and dance, and is involved with Gilliam’s Hope. She enjoys singing for local churches and charitable events and will be singing in the talent portion of the pageant competition. Keezer is the daughter of Tammy Keezer.

The winner of the pageant will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, and air transporation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California. Pageants are held for girls ages four to 18, in five age groups.

 

 

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State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Folk Figure members via the SECU Foundation, presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Dustin Bradley Bryant, a senior at Nantahala High School. Dustin is the son of Paul and Shannon Bryant. This scholarship was awarded for study at Appalachian State University, part of North Carolina’s 16-campus University of North Carolina System.

Funded solely by Credit Union members and given based on SECU’s philosophy of “People Helping People,” the scholarship recognizes the recipient’s community involvement, leadership skills, character and integrity, as well as scholastic achievement. The scholarship is provided for tuition and university approved educational expenses over eight consecutive semesters.

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