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Otto native and Franklin High School graduate Barbara Seagle Pederson returned to Franklin Monday bringing along some special gifts for some local areas of interest – places that impacted her life and that have helped shape her into the successful woman she has become. She presented three American flags that were flown over the United States capitol.

Pederson has worked in Washington D.C. under the Honorable W. Byron Sorrell and the late Honorable James A. Belson, both of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She was also the professional aide to the Honorable Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the U.S. and the Honorable William H. Rehnquist, also Chief Justice of the U.S.

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At Monday night's Board of Aldermen meeting, Interim Town Manager Summer Wooodard was unanimously chosen by the board to continue leading the town in its dayto- day operations as Town Manager.

Proving that hard work pays off, Woodard will take over the role that Warren Cabe left vacant back in April of this year. She had temporarily stepped into the role until the board was able to select a new manager.

“I could never express the amount of gratitude I have towards the Town Board for allowing me the opportunity to serve as the Town of Franklin Manager,” said Woodard. “It is truly an honor to serve my hometown. My roots are here. The issues that our town and the citizens of Franklin face affect us all. I want the citizens to know that they have someone to come to and express their concerns because I, too, have a vested interest in our hometown.”

 

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In April, Hospice House Foundation of Western North Carolina president Michele Alderson approached the Franklin Board of Aldermen with an important request. Alderson was seeking their support in the pursuit of a $100,000 grant originating from the N.C. Department of Commerce.

A stipulation of the building reuse grant is that a government entity must make the request and the organization who is awarded the grant must create a certain number of jobs.

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Starting yesterday (Wednesday), film crews flooded into Macon County and closed down some streets in town for the filming of a movie garnering national buzz. Although the movie has no official title, it is being deemed “Loomis Fargo,” and is currently being filmed all over Western North Carolina.

The film’s location manager, Tom Parrish, contacted the Town of Franklin last week to inform them that letters had been sent out to residents around the Green Street area of Franklin informing them of the film’s production this week.

Newly hired Town Manager Summer Woodard confirmed Wednesday morning that both she and Mayor Bob Scott were informed that the movie would be shooting scenes in Franklin this week and would need the aid of Franklin Police Department to mark of streets during filming.

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