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Robert and Edith Belding, married in Oceanside, N.Y., on Feb. 7, 1948, are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. They resided in Hyde Park, N.Y. for 32 years and retired to Franklin, N.C. in 1986. They are both World War II veterans.

Mr. Belding served in the Navy and Mrs. Belding served in the Marines. Mr. Belding was the president of the Nantahala Hiking Club for two years and the director of the Franklin Consort for 25 years.

They have two children, Dianna Gilbert of Franklin, Jeff Belding of Albany, N.Y. and four grandchildren.

Rotary Club of Franklin Kid's Place Club Champion John Henning (L) presents Alisa Ashe (R) of Kid's Place a check for $2000 from the Rotary Club of Franklin.

The club alone, was able to generate $1500 to support Kid's Place from member contributions.



James A. Wilt, 2012 graduate of Franklin High School, graduated from the United States Marine Corps basic training at Parris Island, S.C. on Jan. 22.

Wilt entered the service in May 2012.

Wilt is the son of Sadie Lavada Rowe of Franklin and Edward Lewis Wilt of N. Charleston, S.C.



Rotary Club of Franklin President Gary Dills (L) presents Operational Renewal Club Chairman Tom James (R) a check in the amount of $10,000 from Rotary District 7670 to the club's Operation Renewal Project that assists homeless veterans through vocational training and support for their future.

The presentation was made at the Jan. 23 club meeting.

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