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The Macon Bank building recently underwent minor reconstruction on its columns with new, “smart” paint.

Brandon Marks and his crew, from Brandon Marks’ Painting, along with Lohr Construction, spent time remodeling the columns of the Macon Bank building last month. The wooden columns were in bad shape, and were rotting from the weather.

Marks said that the bank was spending a lot of money to have the columns repainted every three or four years, so he offered them an alternative: A new polymer paint. The paint is called a “IES thermal coating” or an “elastomeric ceramic polymer.” It is made out of 100% recycled material, so it is environment friendly. It is also water and air tight and can hold up a lot longer to the weather. Marks said that most of the buildings that he paints can be warrantied for as much as 25 years. He also said that the coat that they applied to the Macon Bank columns would last for about 10 years and all he would have to do is come back and put a single coat over it and it would last another 10 or 15 years.


Sanford Erastus Peek Sr. and Vickie Wilson Peek are celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary.

The couple were married July 16, 1956, in Gaffney, S.C. Sanford is from Franklin and Vickie is from Gastonia.

The couple spend their summers in Franklin and reside in Summerville, S.C. during the fall and winter.


Gregory Hunt (R) of Franklin recently attended the Department of North Carolina, Marine Corps League convention in Mooresville, and came home with two new titles. Hunt was elected by the members of the Marine Corps League in North Carolina to be the Department’s Judge Advocate.

This elected position is responsible for the interpretation of the National and Department By Laws of the Marine Corps League; advise, and render opinions on questions of law and procedures to the Department Commandant, Department Board of Trustees, and to the 57 MCL Detachments in North Carolina.


Wesley McCormick is from Raleigh, North Carolina. Wesley McCormick began his career at the Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center (LBJCCC) on Oct. 18, 2010. He studied in the vocational trade of Facilities Maintenance. During this time, he received certifications and training in Occupational Safety Health and Administration.

Wesley expressed that Job Corps helped him to become a better person. He shared that training in a team oriented environment, assisted him to gain an assortment of needed skills to achieve his goal of becoming a Shop Foreman.



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