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Catch the Spirit of Appalachia (CSA) has awarded the Elmer and Irene Hooper Civic Leadership Scholarship to Autumn Skye Baird.

Established in memory of Elmer Hooper by his wife, Irene Hooper, and CSA, the fund provides financial support for deserving young students from rural Jackson, Macon, Haywood and Swain counties in North Carolina.

Baird, a student from Blue Ridge School in Glenville, has demonstrated excellence in volunteerism and leadership and is committed to making a difference in the community.



Franklin’s Rotary Club spotlighted education during a luncheon on Wednesday afternoon. Five students at Franklin High School were presented with the annual Roy Rickman Scholarship.

Scholarship recipients are selected by the Rotary Club based on academics, leadership, and citizenship.


Commander of American Legion Post 108 Don Lee (R) and Commander of Sons of the American Legion-Squadron 108 Gary Browning (L) each presented $250 to Bob Litten of the Executive Board Daniel Boone Council, Boy Scouts of America.






Franklin's annual Relay for Life event was held last Friday and Saturday in the Panther Pit at Franklin High School.

The annual fund-raiser and memorial service began with guest speaker Bucky Tarr welcoming everyone to the Opening Ceremony Friday night. Tarr is currently a teacher and coach at Erwin High School and a former Franklin High School coach. He has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time in 17 months and is currently undergoing treatment. Tarr has been coaching for 31 years.


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