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Franklin hosts Far West Regionals in Special Olympics at MMS

Macon County Special Olympics hosted the Far West Regional Games on Friday, April 20, at the Macon Middle School Track.

Athletes from Macon, Clay, Cherokee, Graham and Qualla Boundary competed in track and field events for gold, silver and bronze medals.

A parade of athletes with the help of the Macon County Law Enforcement brought the Flame of Hope to the stadium in a Torch Run that began at the Big Bear Park.


The North Carolina Wildlife Commission, National Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, North Carolina Handicapped Sportsmen, the Macon County Sheriff's Department and local hunter volunteers hosted the first ever Hunting with the Disabled hunt for students in Macon County with disabilities.

Corey Holbrooks, a second grader at South Macon with a physical disability and Miguel Villagomez, a visually impaired 8th grader from Nantahala scored the two kills of the hunt.

Students with disabilities ranging from cerebral palsy to being legally blind participated in the hunt last Saturday morning. After students were accepted into the program, they were required to attend a Hunter’s Safety class, which was coordinated between a N.C. Wildlife officer and the school teacher.


Nash Broyles and Emily Esterwood were crowned FHS Prom King & Queen Saturday night.


More pictures and a photo gallery after the jump!



Real Hope 2012 is coming to Macon County Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Last year, local churches joined together to help provide for the needs of many people from the community at Real Hope 2011.

The Macon Christian Ministerial Association and other participating churches will be offering free lunch, haircuts, oil change vouchers and bibles. Participants will be entered into drawings for various gifts. Testimonies and live music from local bands will be presented. A special area for children will be available. Counseling will be available for many needs. Visit with representatives from local non-profit organizations.


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