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On Saturday, May 9, the Macon County Chapter 2005 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, reorganized in 1996, gathered for the annual Confederate Memorial Day service at the monument in Rankin Square. This May was also the 150th anniversary of the end of the War Between the States.

Chapter President Jean Farmer gave the welcome and introduced Sam McQuitty who, for the fourth year, provided violin music. Elizabeth Cabe spoke on interesting facts concerning the soldiers serving from Macon County and the history of the monument. Approximately 1,000 men fought for the Confederacy and 41 for the Union. Of these, 300 soldiers were killed or later died of their wounds.


The number one cause of death in children ages 1 to 19 is motor vehicle collision, and with 75 percent of all car seats being installed incorrectly, raising awareness of child passenger safety can truly mean the difference between life and death.

To help educate the public on the importance of child passenger safety, Safe Kids of Jackson County will be holding Buckle Up, Baby Jackson County, a free car seat safety check this Saturday in the Walmart parking lot in Jackson County. Certified car seat technicians from both Jackson and Macon counties, as well as two senior checkers from Asheville, will be on hand this Saturday to help educate parents on their car seats.

With 75 percent of all car seats being installed incorrectly, technicians are trained to look for a number of things to ensure each seat is the right fit for each child.


The Jackson County Public Library will start registration for the annual Summer Reading Program on Monday, June 8. Anyone interested can come to the Youth Services desk on the first floor of the library to register.

The Summer Reading Program is designed to keep children and teens excited about reading during the summer months. Each registrant will receive a Reading Log and will win various prizes for each week that they read at least 20 minutes a day. Children from birth to 18 are eligible for the program. Children that are not literate can still participate by being read to by an adult.

This year's Summer Reading Program will feature prizes, storytimes, movies, creative writing workshops, arts and craft days, and the usual Big Program Thursdays.


One of the largest crowds in recent memory gathered at the Macon County Veterans Memorial park for the annual Memorial Day Celebration.

Veteran Navy Captain Tierian (Randy) Cash was the guest speaker for the event.

“Today is a bittersweet day, we get together, we cry, we laugh,” said Cash. “I am convinced if everyone really understood the sacrifice of the one million Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice there wouldn’t be any cars on the road, they would all be here.”

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