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WWI veteran’s family receives special North Carolina service medal

Over the recent Memorial Day weekend, one Macon County family received special recognition in honor of its patriarch and World War I veteran, the late Harry Pinkerton Rowland. In a small ceremony on Tuesday, May 31, at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Park, a rare service medal crafted specifically for WWI veterans from North Carolina was presented to Rowland’s family.

Three generations of Rowland’s descendents attended the ceremony, along with a number of local and state representatives. Rowland’s granddaughter, Kathy Palmer Orr, noted that had Rowland still been living, it would have been his 117th birthday.


Ten Macon County veterans from the May 14 Honor Air flight to Washington, D.C. attended the meeting of the Franklin Rotary Club recently. WWII veterans Albert James, Ray Penland, Nebs Anksorus, James Anderson, Jack Vaughn, Jack Garrett, Ray Welch, Paul Shepherd, Leonard Sinkbeil, and David Watters visited the Club, had lunch and were treated to a Power Point presentation by Rotarian Gary Dills featuring pictures from the group’s trip to Washington, DC.


The recently formed Key Club of the Macon Early College has been helping its parent club, Kiwanis Club of Franklin, in fund raising for the Terrific Kids Program.

Shown here at a recent successful pancake breakfast fund raiser are Key Club members, (L-R) Ethan Stiles, Lexie Edwards, incoming president Andrew Mershimer, and Chris Chastain.

Recently the Franklin Lions presented a plaque to Ruby Cinemas for their continued support with the club’s annual film festival. Last year, more than 4,300 people attended.

Films will be shown every Tuesday and Thursday from June 14 thru July 28 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

All donations will go to help the Lions with their vision screening at schools, purchase of eyeglasses, eye exams, and other local projects.


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