61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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The Charlotte Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host the “Great Strides Franklin” walk on Friday at 6 p.m. Great Strides will be part of a national effort that generates critical funds to support lifesaving cystic fibrosis research, education and care. Great Strides Franklin marks the Foundation’s third fundraising walk in Western North Carolina, with additional walk sites in Asheville and Brevard. With the new walk, the Foundation will work in partnership with local families and businesses to raise funds for the cause. Franklin based TekTone® Sound & Signal is leading the charge as the walk’s first sponsor.

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In honor of National Volunteer Week, The Macon County Care Network, (CareNet) held a luncheon last Thursday to recognize the incalculable amount of sacrifice and dedication that members of the community continue to show through volunteering.

CareNet, a non-profit, tax exempt organization, was established in 1988 by churches throughout the county. It is a non-denominational ministry, which serves as a central location to provide relief for those in crisis. When help from other agencies is either unavailable or insufficient, CareNet provides food and financial assistance along with other necessities, such as prescriptions, utilities, fuel, and rent on an emergency basis.

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Read2Me’s kick-off event, held Saturday at the Macon County Library, gave parents tips on reading to their children, and provided each child with a book. Read2Me is a literacy campaign geared to encouraging parents to read with their children early and often.

The Western Mountain Reading Council (WMRC) teamed up with Read2Me to sponsor “Read and Ride” to host parent training and distribute books for pre-school aged children. The Cowee Fire Department volunteered a fire truck and let children climb up in the driver’s seat and turn on the sirens.

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Franklin hosts Far West Regionals in Special Olympics at MMS

Macon County Special Olympics hosted the Far West Regional Games on Friday, April 20, at the Macon Middle School Track.

Athletes from Macon, Clay, Cherokee, Graham and Qualla Boundary competed in track and field events for gold, silver and bronze medals.

A parade of athletes with the help of the Macon County Law Enforcement brought the Flame of Hope to the stadium in a Torch Run that began at the Big Bear Park.

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