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Macon County News reporter travels to the Big Apple.

My historical tour of New York extended well beyond the city's most well known monuments, but encompassed a sense of ambiguity toward the purpose of our visit.

Although Andrew and I have both been to the city multiple times, we still opted to do the typical tourist things like visit Central Park. Now, I was born and raised in Western North Carolina. I grew up barefoot and dirty in these mountains and couldn't imagine living anywhere else in the world. So to just climb on the rocks or lay in the grass of Central Park, seemed like I was getting the short end of the stick. It is inconceivable for me to think that for so many people in Manhattan, the only bit of escape to nature that people have is the acre or so of grass spread beneath the trunks of a few sparse trees. Don't get me wrong, to kick off my flip flops and lay back with my eyes shut, hands behind my head and enjoy the sun beaming through the leaves of an oak tree was therapeutic, but with the faint sound of horns honking and the shuffle of everyday life, it just can't compare to any back yard in Western North Carolina.

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September 14 game against Brevard

Franklin High School Booster Club’s annual “Salute to Veterans” is scheduled to be held at Franklin High School’s Panther Pit on Friday, Sept. 14, before the home game against Brevard. Event organizer Rhonda Blanton has spent the last several weeks speaking before civic organizations to inform the community of the event. Blanton has spoken before the Macon County Board of Commissioners, the Board of Education and most recently, the Franklin Board of Alderman in hopes of generating community support.

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Macon County Democrats sent at least 23 local Democrats to the Democratic National Convention. This is the largest number of Macon County residents to attend any National Convention.

In addition, this is the first time three delegates and one alternate have ever been elected to attend a National Convention from Macon County.

The convention was held in Charlotte, from Sept. 3 through Sept. 6.

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Since Southwestern Community College opened its doors on Dec. 1, 1964, six men have served as president. Recently, four of the six presidents and several trustee members got together to talk about the college and its history. The group of presidents included Norman K. Myers (1981-1991); Barry W. Russell (1991-1996); Cecil L. Groves (1997-2010); and current president Don Tomas, who took the reins in 2011. Richard W. Collings, who served as president from 2010 to 2011, was unable to attend. SCC’s first president, Edward E. Bryson, who served from 1964 to 1980, died in 2002.

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During the past year Southwestern Community College has awarded 303 General Education diplomas and 13 Adult High School diplomas. On Aug. 7, a ceremony was held to honor the most recent graduates. Dr. Don Tomas, SCC College President, congratulated the students and handed out certificates.

The speaker for the evening was Ceretta Davis, SCC Culinary Program Coordinator and Instructor. Davis spoke to students about her own experience earning a GED from Southwestern before returning to earn a Degree in Culinary Arts. She encouraged all graduates to continue their education. “Your education is really important. It helps shape your future and makes you more employable in the job market,” says Davis.

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After a month of classes, Franklin High School Principal Chris Baldwin said that students are adjusting well to the new dress code. Beginning the first day of school (Aug. 9) students were faced with several changes to the school's dress code including new length requirements for shorts and skirts as well as a “no hole above the knee” rule for pants.

Although students were charged with following an entirely new set of rules, Baldwin believes that the implementation process has been fairly smooth. “Students are adjusting to the new dress code,” said Baldwin. “We are seeing fewer and fewer noncompliance violations.”

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I spent last week far away from the clean mountain air in Macon County when I travelled to New York City for a mini-vacation. Although last week marked the fourth time I had travelled up north in the last three years, it was the first time that I really saw the city. I wasn't dazed by the lights and the clutter of the city like I had been during my previous trips, but instead, I kind of had a feel for it all. Instead of walking around with my head thrown back searching for parcels of sky that could be seen for a second between the buildings, I experienced the culture and was able to see a side of the city I think most people miss out on.

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Work on a 60-unit affordable housing complex in Franklin is set to begin in January and town officials anticipate the project will benefit multiple areas of the community.

The Westgate Terrace Affordable Housing Complex, which will be constructed on 4.4 acres behind the Westgate Plaza Ingles on Roller Mill Road, is in the final stages of the planning process and is projected to be completed by fall of 2013.

According to Franklin Town Planner Derek Roland, leaders in Franklin were instrumental in obtaining the necessary requirements to finalize the $7.6 million project ...

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Following a closed session of the Franklin Board of Alderman Tuesday night, Town Manager Sam Greenwood announced Wednesday afternoon that Warren Cabe will be replacing him as manager, effective mid 2013.

“I have been authorized by the Town Board of Aldermen to continue the transition plan for Warren Cabe to be trained for eventual appointment as Town Manager,” said Greenwood in a submitted announcement. “Mr. Cabe currently serves as Fire Chief for the Town of Franklin coming to the town after several years as Emergency Management Director for Macon County.”

Since beginning work with the Town of Franklin last year, Cabe has been responsible for the reorganization of the Franklin Fire Department, providing the leadership, which along with the hard work of Franklin Fire Department firemen and many other Town and County employees, allowed Franklin Fire Department to do well in its ISO rating.

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Mayor signs proclamation for Constitution Week.

The Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen officially declared the week of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week in Franklin during its September meeting.

At the request of Franklin resident Judith Hughes, the board unanimously voted to allow Mayor Joe Collins to sign the proclamation which celebrates the anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention.

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