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Macon County residents were greatly saddened last week when they learned that Al Slagle passed away in his home on June 28. Slagle, who was a native of Macon County born on Feb. 27, 1950, was a resident of the Cartoogechaye Community. He passed away after a losing battle with lung cancer.

Slagle spent the last several years serving the people of Macon County as an active member of the Macon County Planning Board and was recently re-appointed to serve another three-year term.

“There are certain people that you cross paths with in your life that help develop you into the person that you will eventually become,” said Town of Franklin Planner Derek Roland. “I had the privilege of working alongside Al Slagle for three years, while I served as Macon County Planner. The first thing I noticed in working with Al, second to the love he had for his family and Rainbow Springs, was his love for Macon County.


The group, Franklin Young Professionals (FYP), is gearing up for the inaugural Macon Waves Ducky Derby event to benefit the FYP Scholarship Fund. The Ducky Derby is running in cooperation with the North Carolina Big Sweep and the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee.

“At the end of our corporate year, members were given a survey in order to see what types of events they would be interested in participating in,” said Mandy Lail, FYP President. “Knowing that we wanted to hold an FYP 1st Annual Event of some sort, the new board met and discussed all ideas and suggestions.


Photo walks held to promote the beauty of hometowns

In celebration of the one year anniversary of Google+, individuals in 106 cities around the world participated in photo-walks to promote their hometowns.

The community-sponsored event was started by Thomas Hawk of Oakland, Calif. to celebrate the first year since Google+ launched and quickly spread to become a worldwide event in small towns and major cities from Paris to Tokyo and even right here in Franklin, North Carolina.


The 15th Annual Sweet Corn Festival was held this past Saturday at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church.

Corn lovers from all over the area came to partake of summer’s bounty and fellowship with their neighbors.

Not only was there lots of good food, but festivalgoers were entertained with music by local groups, games and face painting for the children, arts and crafts and “the best silent auction ever,” said organizers.

Proceeds from the festival went to benefit All Saints Episcopal Community and CareNet.


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