61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Franklin Covenant Church pastor, John Makinson brought a message to the September meeting of the Franklin Lions Club Monday, Aug. 25, about a growing multi-denominational movement in Macon County churches to lead an aggressive offensive against the declining family unit structure. Pastor Makinson briefly recounted some of the issues and statistics surrounding the decline of the family unit during the past five or six decades. He was there, neither to bemoan the decadence of society nor dwell on all the problems, but to share a vision for the possible transformation of Macon County families.

This movement has its roots in the early part of 2014 following a presentation of Kirk Cameron’s “Love Worth Fighting For.” After this event, pastors and lay people alike were awakened to the possible role the churches were to take. A rather diverse group of Christian people gathered to seek answers to this question: “What are the next steps for Macon County to strengthen families and marriages?” At this stage, the core group involved John Makinson, Franklin Covenant Church; Jason Smith, Cowee Baptist; Rick Holmes, Grace Presbyterian; Scott Eichelberger, First Alliance; Brandon Breedlove, Holly Springs; and Bruce Ferguson, Cowee Baptist. Currently, about 12 churches are involved in the group’s expanding vision.

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For 20 years Adelaide Daniels Key lived in Macon County. It is where she called home. It is where she raised her family. During her years in Franklin, Key was an active member of the community. A natural born philanthropist, Key put her heart and soul into everything she did.

“Adelaide was always involved in the community,” said Macon County Commissioner Kevin Corbin. “She moved here to raise her family and she loved everything she did. From her involvement here locally, to her efforts across Western North Carolina, everything she touched she made better. She will definitely be greatly missed.”

One of Western North Carolina’s best known philanthropists, at 78 years young, Key died in her home last week after a twoyear battle with cancer.

 

 

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The Rotary Club of Franklin – Daybreak held its inaugural RiverFest event on Saturday, Aug. 23 on the Greenway located in Franklin. The walking and running trail runs alongside the Little Tennessee River.

Visitors gathered for a 5K run that took place early in the morning. That event was followed by a Duck Derby and the event was brought to a close with its “Raft Regatta.” The regatta allowed for participants to build their own rafts for a race down the river.

The Rotary Club of Franklin – Daybreak is an advocate for humanitarian issues in the local community and around the world.

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Last Thursday, nearly 200 veterans came to Franklin to receive services provided at the first annual Smoky Mountain Veterans Stand Down event at the Macon County Community Facilities Building.

The free, community-sponsored event was organized to give homeless, in need, or low-income veterans both short and long-term assistance.

Once on the grounds of the event, veterans were offered food, clothing, haircuts, employment counseling, education services and medical and legal services.

According to one organizer, 40 to 50 volunteers helped out and 30 to 35 agencies were on hand to provide services.

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