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The Franklin Lion’s Club recently held its annual installation banquet for the purpose of inducting its new slate of officers and directors for the 2011/2012 fiscal year.

The club welcomed Lion Dave Jones as new president, Ruth Hensz-Stilwell as first vice-president, and Pete Haithcock, as 2nd vice-president.

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What’s happening on Thursdays this fall at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University? Just about everything, and all of it free and open to the public.

“We want people to know that there is always something happening at the Fine Art Museum on Thursdays. There’s something for everyone – the Crafty, the Film Buff, the Foodie and always, the Art Lover,” said Denise Drury, the WCU museum’s interim director.

First up is a reception Sept. 15 in the Star Atrium (adjacent to the museum) for an exhibit by painter John Lytle Wilson titled “The Gods of the Machine.” An interview with the artist is scheduled for 4 p.m., with the wine and appetizer reception to start at 5 p.m.

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Brad Knopps of Highlands was the overall winner of the Par 5k race held at Highlands Falls Country Club last Saturday, September 9. His time was 19:58 minutes.

Open to all runners and walkers in Western North Carolina who wanted to contribute to the fight against cancer, 83 people participated in the event.

This was the second annual Par 5k, which is hosted at an area country club. Proceeds of the event are donated to a Macon County non-profit. This year’s recipient was Relay for Life of Highlands. It was the first fundraiser for the 2012 Relay for Life.

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Novelist Pamela Duncan will be at the Jackson County Public Library Complex on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. to read from and discuss her novels. The program will take place in the Community Room.

Duncan was born in Asheville and raised in Black Mountain, Swannanoa and Shelby, N.C., and currently lives in Cullowhee, where she teaches creative writing at Western Carolina University. She holds a BA in Journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in English/Creative Writing from North Carolina State University.

Her first novel, “Moon Women,” was a Southeast Booksellers Association Award Finalist, and her second novel, “Plant Life,” won the 2003 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. She is the recipient of the 2007 James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South, awarded by the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

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