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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce announces that entry forms are available for the 2011 Christmas Parade. The parade is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 28, beginning at 3 p.m. Falling on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, this year’s parade kicks off the Christmas season in Franklin.

“Candy Canes and Christmas Carols” has been chosen as the theme of the parade. “This year’s theme provides for a broad range of ideas to be incorporated in float design and other entries. We encourage those participating to decorate their float using Candy Canes and/or a favorite Christmas Carol.” said Cindy Cavender, Special Events Coordinator. Prize money will be awarded. Judging of the floats, we take place prior to the parade. Prizes for Best Use of Theme, Most Creative & Grand Champion will be given.

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Macon County will honor its veterans with a special parade and ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a Veterans Parade through downtown Franklin and will be followed by a ceremony at the Gazebo on the Square featuring keynote speaker Gary Shields, a member of the Macon County Board of Education and a Vietnam Veteran.

The ceremony will also feature remarks by Vice Mayor Verlin Curtis and local elementary school children who will sing for the veterans. The ceremony will conclude with a wreath laying ceremony on the courtyard of the Macon County Courthouse.

Linda Schlott, Executive Director of the Franklin Main Street Program encourages all Macon County veterans participate in this event. “These men and women who have faithfully served and those who are currently serving our country are heroes and we need to give them the resounding support they deserve.”

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Petition involving Macon County School District calendar

The lawsuit involving the Macon County School System that was filed earlier this summer by the non-profit organization, Save Our Summers—North Carolina (SOSNC) and Macon County parent, Sabrina Hawkins, was withdrawn on Monday.

According to Macon County Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman, now that the petition has been withdrawn, the school system can shift its focus to better educate the children within the county. “We are relieved that we can continue focusing on teaching and are able to save the money that we would have had to spend on legal counsel to better serve our students,” said Brigman.

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The Highway Patrol ended its “Operation Stop Arm” campaign on Friday, Oct. 21. The campaign which began on Monday, Oct. 17, was focused on promoting traffic safety around North Carolina schools, school buses and school bus stops. During the week long campaign, troopers across the state looked for violations in and near school zones as well as followed school buses looking for motorists who failed to stop for the school bus stop arm law. Troopers drove marked and unmarked patrol cars during the operation.

During the week-long enforcement campaign, troopers followed more than 950 school buses across the state to remind motorists of the dangers that exist in and around school buses and school zones. Troopers issued numerous citations to motorists who failed to stop for a school bus.

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