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Members of the 4-H Club of Macon County attended North Carolina 4-H Congress from July 18-21 in Raleigh, N.C. Congress is the high point of the 4- H year, bringing young people from across the state to the North Carolina State University campus for four days of activity. More than 500 4-H’ers, volunteer leaders and North Carolina Cooperative Extension agents and program assistants attended 4-H Congress.

Gabrianne Ivey, daughter of James and Shereen Ivey, won the Gold Medal in the 9-10 year division in Expressive Arts and Communications for “Viva la Violin.” Nathanael Klages, son of Laurie and Edward Klages, represented Macon County in the 14-18 year division in Expressive Arts and Communications with his presentation, “Catch the ‘Spirit’ of Horsemanship Through Art.” Macon County’s Homegrown Buds, under the leadership of Claire Suminski, won a Gold Certificate for their 2010 Community Service Gardening Project. Jakin Ivey received a Gold Medal for his Cumulative Record Project in Electric Energy.


Toastmasters is a non-profit organization that helps people learn better speaking and leadership skills, both very important in a challenging job environment.

The local club meets at the Boiler Room on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Pictured here are John Becker and Kathy Clifton of Toastmasters demonstrating some of the presentation techniques to Kiwanians Jim Lashbrook and Diane Aiello.

Siblings meet in Franklin for the first time

It was a tearful reunion at the Carolina Motel in Franklin on Tuesday when Barbara Condron traveled ten hours from Michigan to meet her two brothers that she didn't even know existed just a mere three weeks ago.

Up until Condron was 18 years old, she had no idea that she was adopted; before her mother passed away due to cancer, she revealed to Condron that she was adopted. The only information Condron had to go on was that her biological mother was a distant relative of her adoptive parents.


After many months of preparation and intense fundraising Relay for Life Highlands will commence this Friday, Aug. 19, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Highlands Recreation Park.

Highlanders held a variety of events throughout the year to raise money to fight cancer. Events like Bark for Life, Dance for Life, book sales, raffles and Friday night concerts.

The top fundraisers so far are the Just for You team with $12,396 raised; Highlands Scouts are second with $6,435 and Fressers Eatery comes in at third with $5,324.


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