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

- published 8/21 (Larry) old link: http://www1.cfnc.org/applications/NC_Community_College/apply.html?application_id=1527

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The citizen group, Venture Local Franklin, held a meeting last Thursday at Willy's BBQ to discuss what is already great about Franklin in order to better assess what the community needs as a whole.

Venture Local Franklin is a grassroots movement geared toward promoting positive and sustainable community advancement. As a citizen maintained movement, they value inclusivity and participation that is action based and outcome focused. The group works together to collaboratively strengthen the regional economy by utilizing the area's natural resources to establish common goals, nurture entrepreneurial ventures and drive innovation with the goal of moving Franklin forward.

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The Western Mountains Reading Council hosted the first annual Community Spelling and Trivia Bee on Tuesday, and raised about $1,700 which will go to benefit Read2Me after covering the minimum costs of the event. The Spelling and Trivia Bee was a familyfriendly event designed to celebrate learning while raising awareness and support for the Reading Council.

The event featured 15, four person teams, which were comprised of at least one Macon County student. The teams competed in a fun and lively single elimination competition to spell increasingly difficult words and answer interspersed trivia questions.

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Damon and Maryanne Grimes of Hoschton, GA announce the engagement of their daughter Brittany Leigh Grimes to Matthew Lyle Ramsey, son of Joseph and Theresa Ramsey, all of Franklin, NC.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Calvin and Ruby Grimes of Bowling Green, Kentucky, the late Kenneth Branigan of Rockville Center, N.Y. and the granddaughter of Anne Branigan of Palmyra, VA. She is a 2007 graduate of Mill Creek High School and a 2011 graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology where she majored in Industrial Engineering. The bride-elect is currently enrolled at Georgia State University and is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education.

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at prestigious conference at George Mason University

Jessie Palmer, a sophomore at Franklin High School, has been nominated to represent North Carolina as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2012 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University.

Palmer has been awarded the opportunity to join a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive week-long study of journalism and media. Palmer was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.

The student submitted an essay about the Arnold amendment, a proposed Constitutional amendment that would allow naturalized citizens to become President of the United States. Presently, only native born Americans can legally run for the position of Commander in Chief.

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