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Memorial fund provides scholarships to FHS athletes.

Five years ago, the family of Parker Mathis set out to develop a scholarship fund in memory of the Franklin High School student who passed away due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident in 2010. Parker's family wanted to create something positive in his memory, so the Parker Mathis Memorial Scholarship fund was established.

On Saturday, the family celebrated the 5th anniversary of the 5.1k for #51, a fundraiser event to benefit the scholarship fund. Each year, the event is held at Iotla Baptist Church and in addition to the 5.1k fundraiser race, Parker's family wanted to host a special event in honor of Parker's memory. Music was provided by Blue Ridge and Stronghold, along with a BBQ lunch, carnival style games, face painting, and a corn hole tournament.


The town of Franklin will host its 19th Annual Pumpkinfest on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Main and Iotla Streets in downtown Franklin. Pumpkinfest is known as the town’s most popular festival and is expected to draw large crowds. While it has been embraced by Franklin’s townspeople for the past 19 years, its familyfriendly atmosphere is known to draw others from surrounding areas and neighboring states to come join in the fall festival and all it has to offer.

Pumpkinfest is an annual event created with family in mind. This year, the 2015 festival will include favorites like the world famous pumpkin roll, a pie eating contest, a costume contest and parade and live music from the likes of guitarist Ronnie Evans and classic rock sounds of Tea 4 Three. The town has worked to provide several new sources of entertainment for younger visitors in the Kids' Zone including two inflatable slides, bounce houses, and a magic show. People can also support local merchants by shopping with them as well as the more than 70 vendors who will be attending the festival to sell crafts, food and more.


On Sept. 28, 2015, United Daughters of the Confederacy VA Voluntary Services Representative Anita Finger-Smith presented a $125 check from District I, UDC NC Division Patriotic Committee to Darlene Laughter, Director of Voluntary Services at Charles George VA Medical Center.

The presentation followed a celebration for Mrs. Laughter who retired on Oct. 1, 2015, after more than 40 years of service.

Pictured (L-R) are Wanda Webb, Macon County 2005; Judi Longworth, Thomas’ Legion 2698; Darlene Laughter, VAMC VAVS Director; Anita Finger-Smith, Macon County 2005; Vicki Eatman, VAMC VAVS Staff; Betty Rowland, Thomas’ Legion 2698 & NC UDC District 1 VAVS Deputy Representative; Nerlande Pierre, VAMC VAVS staff.

The Kiwanis Club of Franklin, chartered in 1984, has installed their new officers for the 2015-2016 year.

Shown (L-R) are Tami Norris, treasurer; Judy Comer, president elect; Chris Brouwer, president; Debbie Bell, secretary; and Beverly Barnett, immediate past president.

Kiwanis sponsors the Terrific Kids Program at local elementary schools, as well as the Builders Club for students at Macon Middle School.

Additionally, Kiwanis sponsors local scholarships, including New Century Scholars, while contributing to the international project of eliminating neonatal tetanus, a major killer of infants in developing countries.

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