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Rotarian John Short (L) and Future Rotarian District Governor First Lady Demi Bray observe the activity on the raffle board Saturday night, July 28, at the annual Roy Rickman Scholarship Fundraiser at Mountainview Intermediate School.

Bruce Tallent of Franklin was the grand prize raffle winner. He gets a choice of $15,000 in cash or one of three new vehicles: a Ford Fiesta from Franklin Ford; a new Jeep Patriot Sport from Jim Brown Chrysler; or a Chevy Sonic from Smoky Mountain Chevrolet.


Franklin Young Professionals (FYP) have raised $2,560 with their Macon Waves Ducky Derby, which is just over half of their original goal of $5,000 for the FYP scholarship fund.

“We're over halfway there in reaching our goal of $5,000,” said Brad Hyder, FYP member. “We are excited considering there is huge fundraising potential at the actual event by selling more ducks and food. We are grateful for the community involvement and support of local businesses and donors. We have 43 event sponsors so far and look forward to recruiting more. This is a huge success for a first time event.”


After nine decades of providing networking and vital services to veterans in Macon County, Franklin's American Legion Post 108 celebrated their 90th birthday on Sunday.

With a beautifully decorated patriotic themed cake, donated by Pam Bowen, adorned with the names of every individual who has served Post 108 as Post Commander, veterans from all over Western North Carolina, community leaders, and citizens gathered together to celebrate the legion's milestone.


Order of the Long Leaf Pine presented at Folk Festival.

Franklin native Clayton Ramsey was honored last weekend during Franklin's 9th annual Folk Festival. Ramsey, who had no idea that presentation had been orchestrated in his honor, was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious awards given by the Governor of North Carolina.

“I was totally speechless on Saturday,” Ramsey said of the surprise ceremony. “I had no idea and certainly didn't expect anything like that. I am so grateful and happy to have been afforded a long life to dedicate to service for Macon County. I am thankful for the opportunity to have served in the schools, with Rotary, Macon Program for Progress and for 55 years as a member of the Masonic Lodge.”


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