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In one of the largest county sponsored events, "Halloween in the Park", last week's trick or treat celebration drew a crowd of around 5,000 people to the Macon County Recreation Park.

With 30 businesses, organizations, and non-profits on hand to pass out candy, with a kids section full of bounce houses and a hayride around the park, Halloween in the Park has continued to grow into the second largest county sponsored holiday event, second only to Fourth of July.

"I am always amazed at the turnout for Halloween in the Park," said Macon County Recreation Director Seth Adams. "It is a great night for our department and for the county. We are already looking forward to next year."

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With three open seats on the Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen, 15.5 percent (518) of the town's 3,343 registered voters showed up at the polls to elect three new faces to the board. Six candidates appeared on the ballot, including two incumbents, Joyce Handley and Verlin Curtis vying for re-election.

Newcomer Brandon McMahan was the top vote getter in Franklin with 227 votes. McMahan, a Macon County Schools educator is looking forward to working with residents and business owners to make plans for the future.

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Following the county commissioners' unanimous vote to affix the official motto of the United States, "In God We Trust," to county buildings, Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland approached his deputies about the possibility of adding the motto to patrol vehicles. After a staff meeting and giving deputies the option of signing up to receive decals stating "In God We Trust," all Macon County Sheriff's Offcie patrol deputies opted to display the motto.

"During our recent agency meeting I brought up the subject and passed around a document for the deputies to read and sign if they wanted to take part," said Sheriff Holland. "I made it clear to all present this was an individual decision and there would be no repercussion for opting out of participating.

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One-stop voting for the 2015 municipal elections which will fill three seats on the town of Franklin Board of Aldermen and three seats for the Highlands Commission will end on Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. One-stop voting may be done at the Macon County Courthouse and the Highlands Civic Center. The Macon County News provides profiles for candidates for the Franklin Board of Aldermen election for our readers. All six candidates seeking office were given the opportunity to answer the same questions. As of press time, Verlin Curtis and Joyce Handley had not responded.

Adam Kimsey

Local business owner Adam Kimsey is once again seeking a spot on the Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen. He had previously run for alderman in 2013. Kimsey owns and operates The Rathskeller, a small coffee shop and pub in downtown Franklin. Before becoming a local business owner, Kimsey worked as a training and development coordinator for Caterpillar here in Macon County. He attended Franklin High School, Southwestern Community College, and Western Carolina University.

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