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It has been more than a week since Alec Lansing walked away from a camping trip in Jackson County. That means it has been more than a week since his mother Pamela, or any friends and family have heard from the teen.

The camping trip Alec was on hosted by Trails Carolina Wilderness Therapy Program in Lake Toxaway, was intended to be a wilderness therapy camp for the group of high-risk teens. Alec, a slim young man at 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 140 pounds, the 17-year-old was last seen wearing a red, long-sleeve fleece and boots, before he walked away from the camp last Monday.

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Winner won’t be eligible for state pageant until 2016.

Most of the residents of Franklin don't realize that there was once a Miss Franklin pageant. Local women would vie for the chance at the title and then they were able to move on to the Miss North Carolina pageant. According to Cindy Cavender of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, those pageants ended in the early 1990s but now they're about make a comeback.

“We just thought that this would be a really good thing for the Franklin area and the people that live here. Something fun to bring back and take pride in,” she said.

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More than 108,000 QOV quilts made since 2003.

Recently, two veterans were presented with Quilts of Valor by the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild and Susan Gordon, executive director of the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

Ed Holcomb was honored for his Army service in Vietnam and Susan Jones was honored for her Air Force service as an Operating Nurse in Iraq. Both quilts were made by members of the Quilts of Valor Bee of the Guild, and made with patriotic colors. Both recipients were visibly moved as the quilts were wrapped around them in the final minutes of the presentation. The act of wrapping a recipient in their quilt symbolizes the respect, care, and love that the quilters feel for the servicemen and women to whom these quilts are presented.

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A Friday morning routine traffic stop in the south end of Macon County sent police on a search for 20-year-old Derek Nichols.

Around 5 a.m. on Friday morning, Macon County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull over a vehicle near Prentiss Bridge Road due to a taillight being out. After police activated blue lights to pull over the vehicle, the driver turned down Clarks Chapel Road onto Tessentee Road trying to evade police.

After a brief chase, the vehicle was stopped after a minor accident with a trailer. The suspect, who was later identified as Nichols, took off on foot. The MCSO K9 unit was called in to track Nichols. During the foot search, officers recovered several items believed to belong to Nichols including a shoe, a hat and a cell phone.

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