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Troy Burt and Tracy Platt of Franklin, announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter Brooklynn Monique Burt to Dustin Lucas Pendergrass, son of Mike and Connie Pendergrass and Steve and Pam Ledford all of Franklin.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ronnie and Carol Holland of Franklin, Duke and Debbie Platt of Wauchula, Fla., and the late Gene Burt of Pensacola, Fla. The groom-elect is the grandson of the late Wayne and Katherine Pendergrass, and the late Jewel and Louise Smith, all of Franklin. Dustin is also the step-grandson of the late Mack and Anita Bateman, and the late Vester and Donna Ledford, all of Franklin.

Brook is employed as a firefighter for Cherokee Tribal Fire Department and she serves as a lieutenant for Cowee Fire/Rescue. Dustin is employed as a paramedic for Macon County EMS and he serves as the chief of Cowee Fire/Rescue.

The wedding is planned for Saturday, May 30, at 6 p.m. at Tessentee Farms. Invitations have been sent.

Franklin has gained a new Masonic Body recently known as the Valley of Franklin Scottish Rite. Established first as a club, the membership showed cause to the Orient of North Carolina their drive and dedication to accept further responsibilities whereby, the Valley will be presented its charter August 2015 as the newest Valley within North Carolina. This did not come about easily and required the work of many Masons from the surrounding area in concert with the Lodge of Perfection of Asheville, the parent organization.

Meetings are held in the Junaluskee Lodge #145 at 80 Broadway on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m., for the evening meal followed by the business meeting at 7 p.m.


Vietnam veteran Don Bowen applies a coat of paint to the eagle at the entrance of the Veterans Memorial park last month.

A Memorial Day service honoring departed veterans will be held on Monday, May 25, 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park.

Tierian (Randy) Cash, National Chaplain of the American Legion will be the guest speaker.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Robert C. Carpenter Building adjacent to the park.

All participants and guests attending the memorial service are invited to the American Legion Post 108, 614 W. Main St., for a complimentary lunch immediately following the ceremony.



Four lose their lives in the line of duty in 2014

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #81 of Jackson and Macon Counties held the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service last Friday on the courthouse square.

With flags flying and law enforcement officers from across Western North Carolina in attendance, guest speaker Ashley Welch addressed the crowd.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to speak to you, my hometown, today and to honor the servicemen and women who lost their lives protecting us," said Welch. "But I wish I was here under different circumstances. I wish I was just here to thank you for your service and dedication to your community, but unfortunately I am not. I am here to remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty."


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