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The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has announced 20 grants totaling nearly $245,000 in funding designed to preserve and promote Western North Carolina’s heritage.

Funded by federal dollars that the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership receives, the grant awards will help support diverse initiatives across the North Carolina mountains and foothills, focusing on craft, music, natural heritage, Cherokee traditions, and the region’s legacy in agriculture. These five facets of the region’s heritage earned the 25 counties of Western North Carolina a Congressional designation as the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area in 2003.

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On May 7, the “Airing of the Quilts” event will be held. The event is a grass-roots effort by the Macon County Quilt Trail and the Main Street Program, rooted in tradition.

The Quilt Trail, with the help of the Program, have established several locations throughout the county where quilt blocks are displayed.

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“Unity. Freedom. Love.”

For Regina Horner these are the high ideals represented by the late civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and they were what came immediately to her mind when she was asked what MLK Day meant to her. To those ideals, she added a deep sense of gratitude that went even beyond the works of the civil rights leader and to the heart of her faith.

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On Tuesday, Jan. 18, the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Awards and Installation Banquet followed by the Annual Meeting at the Tartan Hall of the First Presbyterian Church. At the banquet, numerous citizens and local organization were recognized for their contributions to the community in the past year.

The prestigious Citizen of the Year award went to Rhonda Blanton. County Commission Chairman Ronnie Beale who introduced the award said that while Blanton prefers not to be in the spotlight she was well deserving of this year’s award.

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published: 10/18/2013
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