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Gene R. and Linda Henderson Morrow of Franklin will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 31.

The couple was married on that date in 1965 in Walhalla, S.C.

Their children are Elizabeth Anne (Morrow) Thomason and husband Walter and Robert R. Morrow and wife Jennifer Benkis.

They have six grandchidlren and five great grandchildren.





On Saturday, Jan. 10, the Franklin Lion’s Club celebrated its 75th anniversary, not with an extravagant dinner and boring speeches, but by doing the same things it has been doing for the last 75 years ? serving the Macon County area. True to the motto of Lions Club International, “We Serve,” the local Lions Club members were simply continuing to give back to the local community by offering free vision screenings that day.

The Lions Club is perhaps best known for its participation in providing free vision screenings and its collection of old eyeglasses and redistribution to people who need, but can’t afford glasses. The Franklin Lions Club provides screenings for all school age children, grades 1-8, totally without charge to the families or schools.


Each year, Duke Energy works with counties across the state to identify a member of the each community who has worked selflessly throughout the year to help others. In Macon County, Duke Energy works alongside the Chamber of Commerce to solicit nominations from the community identifying an individual who has gone above and beyond to help friends and neighbors. After nominations are narrowed down, one person is selected to be the recipient of the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.

On Tuesday night, Lisa Leatherman presented Macon County resident Laura Vargas with the 2014 Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.


During the month of December, the Highlands Middle School Student Government Association held a fundraiser for the Appalachian Animal Rescue Center in Franklin. All students from kindergarten through 12th grade were asked to participate in this supply drive to benefit homeless animals of Macon County. The students were asked to bring contributions of pet food, pet supplies, cleaning products, linens, and toys to assist the shelter in its efforts to help the animals. The class that donated the most supplies was rewarded with an ice cream party. Mrs. Dooley’s kindergarten won the party.

Cathy Howman, the shelter director, was very grateful for the generosity of the students. “This is wonderful!” she said. “These supplies are really needed.”


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