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Memorial Day Weekend has long since served as the unofficial kick off to summer, and with the new season comes new adventures, especially of the outdoor variety.

With temperatures nearing 80 over the weekend, the splash pad at Big Bear Park was activated just in time for kids to get their feet wet and cool down from the summer sun. The Big Bear Splash Pad at Wesley’s playground will be open to the public throughout the summer months.

The splash pad is just one of the ways to cool down in Macon County this summer. The Macon County recreation park pool is slated to open on June 6, one week before Macon County schools are out for the summer. In Highlands, the new year-round pool is looking to open in the middle of June.


Teen Challenge of the Smokies Thrift Store and office for Teen Challenge of the Smokies Addiction Recovery Ministry is located at 4812 US Hwy 441 S. near Dillsboro.

The store raises funds to help those who are struggling with addictions, primarily with alcohol and drugs. Currently Teen Challenge of the Smokies is an outreach and referral ministry, helping men and women get into residential recovery programs in Chattanooga Tenn., Knoxville, Tenn., Greensboro, N.C., Sand Hills, N.C., Manchester, Ky., and other locations. The office gets up to 20 calls a month from those who need help.

The new Executive Director is Mike Barres. Plans are for Teen Challenge of the Smokies to have its own 12-month, fivephase, residential program for men in the near future.


Troy Burt and Tracy Platt of Franklin, announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter Brooklynn Monique Burt to Dustin Lucas Pendergrass, son of Mike and Connie Pendergrass and Steve and Pam Ledford all of Franklin.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ronnie and Carol Holland of Franklin, Duke and Debbie Platt of Wauchula, Fla., and the late Gene Burt of Pensacola, Fla. The groom-elect is the grandson of the late Wayne and Katherine Pendergrass, and the late Jewel and Louise Smith, all of Franklin. Dustin is also the step-grandson of the late Mack and Anita Bateman, and the late Vester and Donna Ledford, all of Franklin.

Brook is employed as a firefighter for Cherokee Tribal Fire Department and she serves as a lieutenant for Cowee Fire/Rescue. Dustin is employed as a paramedic for Macon County EMS and he serves as the chief of Cowee Fire/Rescue.

The wedding is planned for Saturday, May 30, at 6 p.m. at Tessentee Farms. Invitations have been sent.

Franklin has gained a new Masonic Body recently known as the Valley of Franklin Scottish Rite. Established first as a club, the membership showed cause to the Orient of North Carolina their drive and dedication to accept further responsibilities whereby, the Valley will be presented its charter August 2015 as the newest Valley within North Carolina. This did not come about easily and required the work of many Masons from the surrounding area in concert with the Lodge of Perfection of Asheville, the parent organization.

Meetings are held in the Junaluskee Lodge #145 at 80 Broadway on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m., for the evening meal followed by the business meeting at 7 p.m.


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