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The September edition of StreetFest is planned to show support for the Franklin High School Panthers before Friday night's football game against the Smoky Mountain Mustangs. In preparation for the first StreetFest of fall, Streets of Franklin, with support from Venture Local Franklin, decorated downtown this week with cornstalks, pumpkins and fall colors to make Friday night even more festive. Shop owners and visitors to downtown are encouraged to wear red to support the Franklin Panthers.

Friday night's StreetFest, which has been bumped up to start at 5 p.m., will give folks the opportunity to visit downtown and tailgate with great food and shopping from Main Street businesses, while enjoying free entertainment from local musicians, which will be split between two stages on both ends of Main Street.


Sister Naomi Edmonds, a member of the Franklin Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, returned home Wednesday after serving 18 months in the Texas Dallas Mission.

While on her mission her duties included helping those in need and bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to all that would listen.

She gave a report of her mission on Sunday at the Branch building, 35 Pine Ridge Rd., in Franklin.

She now plans to attend college at Brigham Young University Idaho.

Members of the community came together last Friday night for the “Salute to Veterans” event to recognize veterans from every United States war from World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Local veterans and their guests were allowed a free entrance into the football game and were honored by a series of standing ovations from the stands and music by Rhonda and Luke Bateman and Franklin's own Blue Ridge. “I think the ceremony went very well and the community support is great and every year we are asked to please continue doing it,” said event organizer Rhonda Blanton.


Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler inducted a Macon County man into the N.C. Mountain State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Friday, Sept. 7, at the Western N.C. Agricultural Center.

Steve Ledford was one of two inductees recognized for his outstanding contributions to the livestock shows at the Mountain State Fair. Mike Stiles of Cherokee County was the other inductee. Each inductee received a plaque for their accomplishments. An additional plaque will be displayed in the Livestock Sales Arena following the 2012 N.C. Mountain State Fair.


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