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Macon Bank has been a pillar of the Macon County community since it was first established nearly 90 years ago. On Tuesday, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce Alive After Five event, Macon Bank invited the community to join in celebrating the bank's 90th anniversary. To continue the celebration, Macon Bank handed out popcorn and soft drinks to customers in the drive thru on Friday.

According to Macon Bank President and CEO Roger Plemens, the bank is ecstatic to have had the opportunity to grow over the last 90 years and moving forward, the bank hopes to continue structuring operations to best meet customer needs.

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Offers of a free vacation can be hard to resist, but be skeptical of anyone who promises an all-expensespaid getaway. In many cases, the trip isn’t really free, or the offer turns out to be next to impossible to redeem.

North Carolina consumers have reported getting mailings, phone calls, faxes or emails that claim they’ve won travel prizes such as a free cruise or a pair of airline tickets. You’re then told to attend a travel presentation in person to collect your free gift. The presentation usually includes a high-pressure sales pitch to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a travel club membership. You either wind up having to pay fees before you can claim your “free” trip, or the trip is so difficult to redeem that you’re forced to give up on it.

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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce, along with Mayor Joe Collins, recently welcomed Russell Hawkins with Edward Jones Investments to Franklin’s business community with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Russell W. Hawkins II, a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, has opened his office at 141 Iotla Street, Suite 141, in Franklin. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting introducing PNC Bank to Franklin. Located at 100 West Main Street, in Franklin, the bank was formerly RBC.

The RBC to PNC conversion took place in early March. PNC Bank originated in Pennsylvania and is one of the largest banks in the United States, based on deposits and by branches. PNC Bank is ranked among the top small business lenders.

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