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For kids at Summer Edventure Camp, Fridays means learning and building in woodworking class. Otto resident Paul Chew is the instructor and has a lifelong affinity for working with wood.

For more than 30 years, Chew has been helping children enjoy woodworking. It began when his church started a program called Nifty Gifty for Christmas. Parents helped children make gifts to give away each Christmas.

“Nifty Gifty challenged me to come up with a new idea each year and to design the projects so even the littlest kids could be successful,” said Chew.

His background in teaching middle and high school industrial arts or “shop” came in handy.


Three seats are up for grabs this November, when voters are expected to head to the polls to elect new members of the Franklin Board of Aldermen. Two out of the three incumbents on the board, Verlin Curtis and Joyce Handley, filed for reelection, while Farrell Jamison, who has served on the board since 2011 did not file for office. Jamison was appointed to the board in February 2011 after the passing of Alderman Jerry Evans.

Incumbents Curtis and Handley will have some competition this year, as four newcomers added their names to the ballot. Brandon McMahan filed for alderman for the first time and joins Angela Moore and Adam Kimsey, who both filed for the open seats last election. Former Mayor Joe Collins also filed for election, but instead of mayor, Collins filed for one of the open alderman seats.


From local businesses such as Duotech using the Macon County Airport for day-today business operation, to citizens chartering private flights to other regional airports, to organizations such as the State Bureau of Investigation and Forest Service using it for training, the local airport proves to be an invaluable resource for the citizens of Macon County.

To better inform the public of the airport's role in the community, the Macon County Airport Authority will be holding an open house on August 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature music from Curtis Blackwell, and refreshments for the public.


‘Stepping Up’ initiative addresses issue, raises awareness and increases services

Since becoming president of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC), Ronnie Beale has been working to bring the state's mental health crisis to the forefront. Seeing the struggles mental health issues cause locally in Macon County, Beale has made it a state priority to address the issue, and increase awareness and services for those affected.

Last week, the Macon County Board of Commissioners (BOC) passed a resolution in support of the National Association of Counties "Stepping Up" initiative.

"The Stepping Up initiative is a state and nationwide effort to get mental health services to those who are incarcerated," said Beale. "Our local jails and state prisons have become overrun with citizens needing this help."


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