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

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Members of the community have officially adopted the “Read2Me — Reading Matters in Macon County” initiative, and have began working to determine methods to further promote the program throughout the county.

Read2Me is geared toward helping children get an early start by encouraging parents to read with their children outside of school. The campaign is aimed toward preschool aged children and their parents, but is quickly evolving to include children in all grades.

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to meet or exceed their goals

Franklin’s Relay for Life team is one of only six teams in the nation to meet or exceed their goals for 2011 and was the top fund raiser in the Suth Atlantic Division.

Chair Toby Blanton and Becky Ramey display banner signifying the total money raised in the 2011 Relay for Life which was $94, 214 which is $5.23 per capita.

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Volunteer effort garnered 1,047 toys for Christmas.

Smoky Mountain Chevrolet hosted its 12th annual Toys for Tots ‘Cruise In’ fundraiser last Saturday afternoon, an event that showcased live music and a spectacular car show which displayed more than 131 cars. Randy D. Hughes, TFT coordinator for Macon, Jackson, and Swain counties, represented the organization at the fundraiser. “We took in 1,047 toys,” said Hughes. “It was enough to fill two trucks.”

Several residents in the community joined the volunteer effort to ensure that less fortunate children will have a joyful Christmas. Approximately 15 local volunteers assisted Smoky Mountain Chevrolet with the fundraiser.

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Macon County will honor its veterans with a special parade and ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11, beginning at 10 a.m. with a Veterans Parade through downtown Franklin, followed by a ceremony at the Gazebo on the Square featuring Vietnam veteran Gary Shields as the keynote speaker. Vice Mayor Verlin Curtis will also speak and elementary school children will sing. The ceremony will conclude with a wreath laying ceremony on the courtyard of the Macon County Courthouse. The community is encouraged to attend and show their support.

Immediately following the ceremony, veterans and their families are invited to a chili luncheon at the VFW Post on West Palmer Street.

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