25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Franklin area Amateur Radio Operators, commonly referred to as Hams, will join with thousands of others across the nation to practice and demonstrate their emergency communications capabilities. Over this past year weather related and other major disasters have proven that often Ham Radio was the only reliable means of communications avaliable to report on and assist first responders.

On June 23, the public will have an opportunity to meet and talk to Franklin’s Ham Radio operatiors as they participate in Field Day. Local Hams will string up antennas and set up emergency radio stations at the Tassee Shelter on the Greenway, which is located on Ulco Drive, just across the street from the Shaw lumber yard. In addition to voice and Morse code operations, some of the newest digital modes of communications will also be demonstrated.

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At a recent meeting of the Franklin Day Break Rotary, Stacey Guffey of the Little Tennessee Land Trust (LTLT) gave an overall history of the Cowee area and the ideas for economic development.

The economic development of Cowee Valley — Cowee is a Cherokee word meaning “place of the Deer Clan,” — began with the assistance of the Mountain Landscapes Initiatives. Branding of Cowee included 1) New logo and brand for Cowee Valley; 2) Development of West Mills Historical District; 3) Kiosks throughout the community detailing the area; and 4) Working with NCDOT to name Highway 28 a Scenic Byway. The West Mill Historic district consists of the Rickman Store, Snow Hill AME Church, Vonnie West House (West Mill Main Street), West General Store and Post Office.

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If you are looking for an easy way to help children in need in Macon County, then look no further.

Purchase a locally made, handcrafted bluebird house and 100 percent of the $10 price will go directly to support KIDS Place, a local facility where children of abuse receive medical care and counseling.

Currently the bluebird houses are available at the KIDS Place office on West Main Street, the Macon County News office, located on the Highlands Road, and at Goin' Postal on Carolina Mountain Drive behind United Community Bank.

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Gilliam’s Promise, Highlands drug free coalition, sponsors a student led club dedicated to preventing substance abuse by area youth. David Long, the club’s president, recently spoke to the Franklin Daybreak Rotary Club, sharing the club's mission. The non-profit organization is the vision of founders, Bill and Eleanor Cheney. In September 2009, their beloved grandson, Gilliam, took his own life due to his involvement with drugs. Since then they have dedicated themselves to substance abuse prevention in the hopes that no other promising young life is cut short, and no other family experiences such a heartbreaking loss.

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