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The 33rd annual Poindexter Reunion was held this past weekend with family members coming from as far away as East Sussex, England.



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Pictured (L-R) are Patsy Keever, NC State Democratic Party Chair; Dr. June Atkinson, NC Superintendent of Public Schools and keynote speaker at the Gala; Shirley Ches, Macon County Award recipient; and Joseph M. Collins, Macon County Democratic Party Chair.Shirley Ches was selected by the Macon County Democratic Party Executive Committee as Macon County Democrat of the Year. She and recipients from other district counties, received the Liston B. Ramsey Service Award at the annual 11th Congressional District Spring Gala and District Democratic Party Convention, May 16, in Asheville.

This award honors the work of Democrats throughout the 11th District.

The 11th Congressional District Democratic Party Convention was held earlier the same day and was attended by several Macon County Democrats who heard addresses from District 11 candidates for the 2016 election.

Macon County Public Library will host “Exploring Waterfalls and Wildflowers with Tim Spira” Tuesday, June 23, at 1:30 p.m.

Spira will discuss the lure of waterfalls, including the plants associated with the spray cliff community, as well as a selection of wildflowers that may be encountered on a waterfall hike in the southern Appalachian Mountains.

Spira is an avid hiker, wildflower enthusiast and professor of botany at Clemson University.

He is the author of “Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.” Spira’s new book is “Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians: Thirty Great Hikes.”

The program is sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Plant Society - NCGA; (828)332-0172,

Franklin Mayor Bob Scott (R) signed a proclamation on May 4, designating June 15 through June 21 as Scottish Heritage Week.

The proclamation lists reasons for the designation: Franklin is home to the only Scottish Tartan Museum in the world; its large number of people of Scottish descent; and the 17-year run of the Taste of Scotland and Celtic Festival.

With Scott is Doug Morton, event chairman of the Taste of Scotland festival.

Photo by Vickie Carpenter

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