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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce held their annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday, Jan. 25 to recognize members of the community who went above and beyond in 2011.

Entertainment for the night included Macon County native Ronnie Evans and the Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps Choir. After dinner Fred Jones, the 2012 President of the Board of Directors, began the award ceremony by presenting Dale West, the 2011 President of the Board of Director’s with a plaque recognizing the dedication and service West gave to the commerce during his tenure.


Macon County Commissioners, Ronnie Beale and Bobby Kuppers, attended the Cowee Community Development Organization (CCDO) meeting at Cowee Elementary School on Tuesday, Jan. 24, to discuss what the county has in store for the school when it assumes ownership of the historic building this summer. The new Iotla Valley Elementary School will replace Cowee elementary next school year.


Private Spencer Edward Houston graduated from the U.S. Marine Corp Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C. On November 18, 2011.

After graduating in November, Houston went on to graduate from MCT training at Camp Geiger and has MOS of 6200 aircraft maintenance and is now located in Pensacola Fla. Houston is a graduate of Highlands High School.

He is the son of Pandora Austin of Franklin and Daniel and Robin Houston of Highlands. He is the grandson of Michael and Kay Houston of Highlands and Sharon Norris of Ga, and the great-grandson of Donna Estes of Franklin and the late Lloyd Estes.

The Charlotte Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation announced today the launch of Great Strides Franklin, a walk new to the area in 2012. Great Strides will be part of a national effort that generates critical funds to support lifesaving cystic fibrosis research, education, and care. Great Strides Franklin marks the Foundation’s third fundraising walk in Western North Carolina, with additional walk sites in Asheville and Brevard. With the new walk, the Foundation will work in partnership with local families and businesses to raise funds for the cause. Franklin based TekTone® Sound & Signal is leading the charge as the walk’s first sponsor.


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