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Offers of a free vacation can be hard to resist, but be skeptical of anyone who promises an all-expensespaid getaway. In many cases, the trip isn’t really free, or the offer turns out to be next to impossible to redeem.

North Carolina consumers have reported getting mailings, phone calls, faxes or emails that claim they’ve won travel prizes such as a free cruise or a pair of airline tickets. You’re then told to attend a travel presentation in person to collect your free gift. The presentation usually includes a high-pressure sales pitch to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a travel club membership. You either wind up having to pay fees before you can claim your “free” trip, or the trip is so difficult to redeem that you’re forced to give up on it.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce, along with Mayor Joe Collins, recently welcomed Russell Hawkins with Edward Jones Investments to Franklin’s business community with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Russell W. Hawkins II, a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, has opened his office at 141 Iotla Street, Suite 141, in Franklin. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting introducing PNC Bank to Franklin. Located at 100 West Main Street, in Franklin, the bank was formerly RBC.

The RBC to PNC conversion took place in early March. PNC Bank originated in Pennsylvania and is one of the largest banks in the United States, based on deposits and by branches. PNC Bank is ranked among the top small business lenders.


After 55 years of operating on Main Street, People’s will be closing it’s doors in January.

When J.C. Jacobs opened People’s, the world depended upon its local merchants to provide for their basic needs.

With energy and enthusiasm Jacobs opened his store and sought to meet the needs of the people while feeding and clothing, raising and educating his family.

“When I first opened, people were lined from the front door all the way to the bank to get a broom for a quarter,” said Jacobs. “And now, this is a $6 broom.”


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