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Highlander Peter Ray won top honors in an “historic” photography contest. “Secret Falls” won Best in Show in Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust’s Sunsetennial Photography Contest Professional Division which was judged by Sallie Taylor, Executive Director of The Bascom.

The contest was held in honor of the Land Trust’s “Sunsetennial: 100 Years of Conserving Ravenel Park, home of Sunset and Sunrise Rocks in Highlands.” The Land Trust celebrated this historic anniversary throughout 2014 and this division of the photo contest marks the final event of their Sunsetennial year.

The award winning photo is on display at Highlands’ Hudson Library.

To learn more about Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and their mission to conserve valuable land resources for all generations, visit www.hicashlt.org.

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More than 40 agencies from Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties and the Qualla Boundary packed into the Burrell Building on Southwestern Community College's campus for SCC Cares' first annual Volunteer Fair.

With the intent on connecting volunteers with organizations in the community, despite a date change due to snow, the Volunteer Fair was a success.

"The Volunteer Fair was a great success, especially for our first try," said Amanda Allen with SCC Cares. "We had over 150 guests connecting with agencies they were genuinely interested in learning more about. We also had non-profits networking with each other to better serve their clients. It was beneficial to every who came."

Macon County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Macon County has been chosen to receive $16,028 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by DHS/FEMA and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. The board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high need areas around the country.

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An Antique Car History Tour will take place in Macon County on Sunday, April 19. The tour participants will meet at the Franklin Town Hall, leaving there at 1:30 p.m. The excursion is expected to finish at the Motor Company Grill on Main Street at about 3 p.m.

Participation in the tour is free, but is for automobiles 50 years old or older (1900-1965 models). The event is not a parade, but a tour of the town of Franklin as well as some Macon County back roads. The cars will leave Town Hall in vehicle age order, oldest to newest. The trip is planned to cover about 25 miles, while passing 25-plus designated historic places.

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