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American POW in Afghanistan honored at event.

On Saturday, more than a hundred came to attend a first ever ceremony at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Macon County.

The event was a standard function of the Rolling Thunder organization, which honors American prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action. Sixteen Rolling Thunder chapters from across the southeast came in support of the event, which was not only held to honor those held captive in past wars, but those soldiers who are still missing in action.

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Summer at Grandfather Mountain brings a brand new event with unique and new opportunities. The First Annual Grandfather Mountain Campout July 27-29, is an allweekend event hosted by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.

During this campout, guests can spend up to three days and two nights camping in MacRae Meadows and attending organized events all over the Mountain. Grandfather's education and interpretive staff will be present in the camp area to assist novice campers, answer questions and even offer campfire treats and activities. The campsite will be safe, cater to all levels of camping experience and welcomes families, couples, and solo adventurers throughout this weekend of wonder.

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Grandfather Mountain’s guided hike series, now in its second year, has four preplanned hikes to showcase the wonderful scenery and wildlife of the mountain throughout the coming months.

“The interpretive ranger staff is excited to provide the public with opportunities to explore Grandfather’s backcountry while learning about the ecology and history of the Mountain,” said Gabriel Taylor, Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation chief interpretive ranger.

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Thousands of people traveled from all over the southeast to Mountain City, Ga. last weekend to compete in the infamous 5K Warrior Dash. The Warrior Dash is a worldwide race series that is complete with mud, fire, barbed wire and other “obstacles from hell.”

Last weekend’s event, which was put on by Red Frog Productions, was the third time the unusual charity run made its way to Rabun County to raise money for St. Jude's Research Hospital. The Rabun County Warrior Dash raised $90,000, the largest amount raised at a single race so far this year, according to Kendra Alley with Red Frog Productions. Red Frog Productions typically holds around 60 Warrior Dash events a year worldwide.

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