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Elementary students in Macon County poured into gymnasiums across the district last week to be fitted with a brand new pair of Under Armour tennis shoes. For the third year, Biltmore Baptist Church's community outreach service, "Love Loud," provided children in Macon County with fresh-out-of-thebox shoes.

"We're unbelievably grateful to Dr. Baldwin and the administration at each and every school for allowing us to serve them again this year," said Patrick Trawick, Biltmore's Franklin campus pastor. "We're very thankful for all that they do for our community."

Parents were given the opportunity to sign up for the shoes, and all children in Macon County, regardless of economic status, were offered a free pair of shoes.


Last week, the Macon County Senior Games kicked of the 25th annual competition geared toward promoting a healthy lifestyle for Macon County’s older citizens.

The Senior Games are sponsored by the Macon County Recreation Department and are sanctioned by the North Carolina State Games.

The three-week long celebration includes competitive sporting events that allow Macon County’s seniors to showcase their skills and athletic abilities.

The Senior Games also host activities and social events throughout the year for senior adults.


In the winter of 1967, Michael “Mickey” Stockton was living the dream of many high school athletes. Having earned a college basketballscholarship, he was playing for North Georgia College in Clarkesville, Georgia. All this was to change quickly and radically when he left school early in 1968. Shortly thereafter, he received his call to duty from “Uncle Sam.”

By April 1968, he had his physical examination for induction into the United States Army. June 1968 found him in basic training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, immediately followed by Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Lewis, Wash. He arrived at the 199th Infantry Brigade’s main base camp at Long Bihn, Vietnam in November 1968 and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry.


“Old Hollywood” was the theme of this year’s event.

Macon Early College students traveled back in time last weekend to revive a little bit of Old Hollywood for the 2015 Prom.

While dancing the night away at Andy’s Trout Farm in Dillard, Ga., the students took a break to crown Raya Lannon and Braulio Martinez, Prom Queen and King of the red carpet.




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