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Franklin High School honored Carl Webb, a World War II veteran, on Thursday with a special honorary graduation ceremony. FHS’s principal, Chris Baldwin, presented Webb with an honorary high school diploma from the state of North Carolina in recognition of Webb’s dedication to serving the country, and educational accomplishments after being dismissed from the military.

Webb began attending Franklin High School in 1943 before receiving his draft notice in the fall of 1944 He was allowed to complete the 10th grade, and left for basic training in June of 1945. When Victory in Europe or “VE day” was announced on May 8th, 1945, Webb assumed he would be going to the Pacific, but instead he was assigned to Occupied Germany, where he stayed until he completed his military service in 1948.


The Jackson County Public Library will host a free introductory yoga class in the Community Room on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m., taught by Corina Pia.

Pia teaches stress-reducing yoga by giving instruction aimed at increasing general well-being.

This yoga class will focus on easy postures, breathing techniques, and meditation, as well as body strength and balance. Yoga experience is not necessary.

Attendees are asked to bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing.



Explains to Fairview students that hard work is worth it

Children at Fairview School in Sylva got a surprise Wednesday (Nov. 9) when the star of a popular television show visited their school and encouraged them to discover and realize their potential.

Western Carolina University alumnus Geno Segers plays Mason, an adviser to twins who unexpectedly find themselves kings of an island nation, on the Disney XD sitcom “Pair of Kings.” With great humor, Segers addressed students in Fairview’s fifth through eighth grades about his own illiteracy into the third grade and how the goading of one teacher, Sister Margaret, pushed him to meet challenges including learning to read, winning two state wrestling championships and his graduation from WCU in 1992.


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.


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