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News General

Macon County News reporter travels to the Big Apple.

My historical tour of New York extended well beyond the city's most well known monuments, but encompassed a sense of ambiguity toward the purpose of our visit.

Although Andrew and I have both been to the city multiple times, we still opted to do the typical tourist things like visit Central Park. Now, I was born and raised in Western North Carolina. I grew up barefoot and dirty in these mountains and couldn't imagine living anywhere else in the world. So to just climb on the rocks or lay in the grass of Central Park, seemed like I was getting the short end of the stick. It is inconceivable for me to think that for so many people in Manhattan, the only bit of escape to nature that people have is the acre or so of grass spread beneath the trunks of a few sparse trees. Don't get me wrong, to kick off my flip flops and lay back with my eyes shut, hands behind my head and enjoy the sun beaming through the leaves of an oak tree was therapeutic, but with the faint sound of horns honking and the shuffle of everyday life, it just can't compare to any back yard in Western North Carolina.

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September 14 game against Brevard

Franklin High School Booster Club’s annual “Salute to Veterans” is scheduled to be held at Franklin High School’s Panther Pit on Friday, Sept. 14, before the home game against Brevard. Event organizer Rhonda Blanton has spent the last several weeks speaking before civic organizations to inform the community of the event. Blanton has spoken before the Macon County Board of Commissioners, the Board of Education and most recently, the Franklin Board of Alderman in hopes of generating community support.

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Macon County Democrats sent at least 23 local Democrats to the Democratic National Convention. This is the largest number of Macon County residents to attend any National Convention.

In addition, this is the first time three delegates and one alternate have ever been elected to attend a National Convention from Macon County.

The convention was held in Charlotte, from Sept. 3 through Sept. 6.

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Former RGNS student recognized in The Concord Review

Recent Rabun Gap graduate Alex Kovaka, Class of 2012, recently received notice from The Concord Review that his essay on Gottfried von Leibniz will be published in their Fall 2012 issue. Will Fitzhugh, Founder, stated that Alex’s explanation of von Leibniz’s inclusion of both Medieval and Modern philosophical views will be circulated to their readers in 42 U.S. states and in 35 countries.

Alex is currently attending The United States Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Marion Truslow, Alex’s teacher and mentor at Rabun Gap, stated, “Alex will one day match and surpass the storied career of General David Petraeus as a great military mind, both as a scholar and as a leader of men in battle.”

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