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About a year ago, Franklin resident Constance Stiles started occasionally playing the lottery with her nephew, Donnie Stiles, of Robbinsville. Whenever the mood hit them, the two would play for fun, agreeing to share the prize if either of them ever got lucky.

Then on Sunday, Oct. 23, Constance saw the dollar signs she had long thought a dream. She called her nephew and asked him to check the numbers from the Powerball drawing the night before because they may have won big.

So Donnie, who manages a local branch of a credit union, checked the numbers. Sure enough, they matched up. The ticket had matched all five white balls in the Oct. 22 Powerball drawing. The two had collectively won $200,000 from a game they had occasionally played.


The now traditional Rickman Store open mic night has gained popularity and it is expanding. This Friday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. visual artists are encouraged to join musicians, poets and storytellers to open the holiday season in Cowee Valley.

The Music & Poetry Nights organized by singer/song writer Angela Faye Martin and the Friends of the Rickman Store started last June, and since then has become a monthly venue for sharing the talents of local writers and musicians inspired in these mountains.

Everyone who has a poem, a song, a story, or a piece of art to share with the community is invited to attend to perform around a growing and supportive audience who appreciates art in all its forms, especially when it’s presented in the cozy ambiance of the Rickman Store. Participants should arrive at 6:45 p.m. to sign up for their 15 minutes performance.


BI-LO revealed its newly updated store in Franklin, Wednesday, unveiling the latest in a series of renovations the company is making throughout its four-state footprint.

Attending the ribbon cutting ceremony were BI-LO’s Regional Vice President Sam Blaiss, District Director Jeff Parks, Store Director Lesa Jordan and the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. BI-LO Charities presented a $250 check to Franklin High School and another $250 check to the Franklin Chapter of the Vietnam Vets of America.


Members of the community have officially adopted the “Read2Me — Reading Matters in Macon County” initiative, and have began working to determine methods to further promote the program throughout the county.

Read2Me is geared toward helping children get an early start by encouraging parents to read with their children outside of school. The campaign is aimed toward preschool aged children and their parents, but is quickly evolving to include children in all grades.


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