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

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Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, MANNA Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, have just wrapped up the inaugural “Make the World a Better Place” community service project. This event took place through the month of October at local Goodwill retail stores and donation centers.

More than 300 troops consisting of 2,825 Girl Scouts from central and western North Carolina donated 7,702 bags of goods to Goodwill and 10,100 pounds of food to various food banks.

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A candlelight vigil honoring U. S. military veterans was held Friday night, Dec. 30, at the Jackson County Courthouse steps.

The non-partisan event, attended by more than 50 people, commemorated the end of the Iraq War and acknowledged the sacrifices made by so many.

Veterans attending represented the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.

Veterans pictured on the front row (L-R) are Mike Clayton, Roy Burnette, Bob Ray, Karl Nicholas, Phil Haire and Jim Nicholl; second row is Maurice Moody.

Not pictured is veteran Ben Bridgers who also attended the event.

Barbie dolls and action figures, electric guitars and winter coats: these were just some of the items seen in Walmart shopping carts during Macon County’s annual Shop With A Cop event.

For 13 years, Shop With A Cop has been bringing Christmas cheer to underprivileged children in the county. Local law enforcement officers accompanied the kids on a shopping spree and then to lunch afterwards to get acquainted.

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The Macon County Horse Association Annual Awards Banquet was held recently. Awards were presented to the winners of the 2011 show season.

In the front row, L-R, are Jen Stiles-John Blaine award; Kim Hall-Reserve Racking Open; Arissa Bowers-Champion Jr. Western, Champion Jr. Speed, Champion Jr. Trail, MCHA Queen, High Points All Round Champion; Cassie Hagler - Reserve Pony; Luke Aldridge - MCHA King.

Back row, Nathan Jenkins-Reserve Gaited Open, Champion Trail Open and Trail Award; and James Aldridge-Reserve Trail Open.

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