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In the early morning hours last Friday, Franklin Police Department responded to a call involving a missing woman in town who had wandered away from home. According to Franklin Police Chief David Adams, the call came in shortly after midnight and involved an elderly woman who had been lost from home before. His officers, with the assistance of the county's Project Lifesaver program, were able to locate the missing woman shortly after being notified of her disappearance. She was located just 50 yards away from her home.

According to Adams, it was the first time he can recall Project Lifesaver being used, but touted the program's help in safely and swiftly returning the woman to her home.

Project Lifesaver is a search and rescue, rapid recovery program that targets persons enrolled in the program that have the tendency to wander due to Alzheimer’s, Autism, Dementia, Down-Syndrome and other age macular degeneration (ARMD) related conditions or disorders.


The Second Annual "Read Local" Book Fair at Macon County Public Library was celebrated Saturday, Nov. 7, with people listening to readings, having lively conversations and meandering among colorful exhibits. Thirty-one authors and designers covered a wide range of topics. Many people walked out with purchases, and kids hugged new books tightly to their chests.

Library staffer Kristina Moe said they had researched fairs and travelled to Rowan County to learn more before they started this event last year.

“We realized that while a large audience might not come for one author, for several authors more people might come. This has brought in people who wouldn’t normally come in to the library. This is your library. If you live here, visit here, we try to have something for everyone.”


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."


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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