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Arthur and Minnie Browning of Franklin will celebrate 60 years of marriage on Thursday, Nov. 1.

The couple has four children, all of Macon County, six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.




Downtown Franklin was packed from street corner to street corner last Saturday for the 16th annual PumpkinFest. Like every year, Franklin residents and visitors from as far south as Jacksonville, Florida lined Frogtown for the famous Pumpkin Roll. Each person with their own unique strategy, twoby- two, more than 600 people signed up to roll a pumpkin down the hill, which is more entries than ever before. Angie Stewart from Mass. won first place and the $100 cash price in this year's event, rolling her pumpkin an impressive 869 feet.


With nine days to go until early voting is over in North Carolina, voters have taken to the polls to cast their ballots by the thousands for the 2012 election. As of Wednesday morning, so far across the state, 816,015 early ballots have been received, which amounts to 418,340 registered Democrats, 246,830 registered Republicans, 150,536 unaffiliated voters, and 1,416 Libertarians who have voted to date.

When the polls opened for the first day of early voting, there was record turnout across the state. According to Macon County's Board of Election director Kim Bishop, Macon County saw 806 voters on opening day, which is up by 76 votes compared to the 2008 election. A total of 3,452 people —1,170 Democrats and 1,399 Republicans, 876 Unaffiliated, and seven Libertarians have cast their ballots in Macon County.


The Blaine Family reunion was held Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Louisa Chapel Fellowship Hall.

Pictured are (Front row) Morris Case, Betty Penland, Mary Hitt, Joanne Moffett, Max Moffett, Jean Setser; (second row) Barbara Blaine, Virginia Boyd, Donna Owens, Sylvia Ramsey, Sarah Ruth Bauman (age 97.5), Bud Sales, Joanne Brown, Janice Peak; (third row) Kristi Sullivan, Peggy Whitaker, Judy Neely, JB Brown, Randal Peak; (back row) Charlie Blaine, Margie Blaine, Edwin Blaine, Bud Shope, Kay Fisher, Karen Fisher, Norma Fisher, Alice Fisher, Gerald Fisher and Don Fisher.

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