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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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Corina Pia Kahlert and Tadashi Torii were united in marriage Sunday, Jan. 1, at noon, at the Jackson County Library in Sylva.

The bride is the daughter of Gisela and the late Hans Kahlert, of Trebur, Germany, and the granddaughter of the late Else and Ernst Runar, Marie and Hans Kahlert. The groom is the son of Yuko and Kiyoshi Torii, Habikino, Osaka, Japan and the grandson of the late Yoshie and Koji Torii, Kimi and Fusao Kimura.

The flower girl was Mayuko Torii, and the ring bearer was Pierce Muth.

Kenzo Torii was the best man.

Following the ceremony officiated by Kathy Jennings, a reception was given by Etheree Chancellor at the library.

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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva has announced the featured title for its next Book Ends Bookclub discussion, which will take place at the library on Monday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m.

Library staff member Angela Zoran will facilitate the discussion of “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage,” by Alfred Lansing.

In 1914, explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men embarked on an epic adventure to be the first to cross the Antarctic on foot. This is the tale of an amazing journey that defied all odds. It vividly portrays how inspiring leadership and the indomitable human spirit helped these men survive for 20 months in the world's most formidable environment. Every single man made it home safely.

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