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Explains to Fairview students that hard work is worth it

Children at Fairview School in Sylva got a surprise Wednesday (Nov. 9) when the star of a popular television show visited their school and encouraged them to discover and realize their potential.

Western Carolina University alumnus Geno Segers plays Mason, an adviser to twins who unexpectedly find themselves kings of an island nation, on the Disney XD sitcom “Pair of Kings.” With great humor, Segers addressed students in Fairview’s fifth through eighth grades about his own illiteracy into the third grade and how the goading of one teacher, Sister Margaret, pushed him to meet challenges including learning to read, winning two state wrestling championships and his graduation from WCU in 1992.


About a year ago, Franklin resident Constance Stiles started occasionally playing the lottery with her nephew, Donnie Stiles, of Robbinsville. Whenever the mood hit them, the two would play for fun, agreeing to share the prize if either of them ever got lucky.

Then on Sunday, Oct. 23, Constance saw the dollar signs she had long thought a dream. She called her nephew and asked him to check the numbers from the Powerball drawing the night before because they may have won big.

So Donnie, who manages a local branch of a credit union, checked the numbers. Sure enough, they matched up. The ticket had matched all five white balls in the Oct. 22 Powerball drawing. The two had collectively won $200,000 from a game they had occasionally played.


The now traditional Rickman Store open mic night has gained popularity and it is expanding. This Friday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. visual artists are encouraged to join musicians, poets and storytellers to open the holiday season in Cowee Valley.

The Music & Poetry Nights organized by singer/song writer Angela Faye Martin and the Friends of the Rickman Store started last June, and since then has become a monthly venue for sharing the talents of local writers and musicians inspired in these mountains.

Everyone who has a poem, a song, a story, or a piece of art to share with the community is invited to attend to perform around a growing and supportive audience who appreciates art in all its forms, especially when it’s presented in the cozy ambiance of the Rickman Store. Participants should arrive at 6:45 p.m. to sign up for their 15 minutes performance.


BI-LO revealed its newly updated store in Franklin, Wednesday, unveiling the latest in a series of renovations the company is making throughout its four-state footprint.

Attending the ribbon cutting ceremony were BI-LO’s Regional Vice President Sam Blaiss, District Director Jeff Parks, Store Director Lesa Jordan and the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. BI-LO Charities presented a $250 check to Franklin High School and another $250 check to the Franklin Chapter of the Vietnam Vets of America.


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