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The Gem City Forum Toastmasters Club held annual elections at the June 14 meeting to determine officers for July 2011 to June 2012. Newly elected officers include Cindy Stringer, treasurer/secretary, Barbara Cook, VP of public relations; Nancy Porter, president; Judy Step, VP of education; John Becker, Sergeant at Arms and Mike Kesselring, VP of membership.

As the 2010-2011 Toastmaster’s year comes to an end, Gem City Forum reflects on the dedication of its members who helped to make it one of the most successful years in club history. Jim Alvord, former Area 11 Governor, was instrumental in the club’s achievement over the past year.


This summer at Macon County Animal Control shelter, purring fur-balls over-runneth.

According to Macon County Animal Control Director John Hook, there’s been an all-out fur fest at his facility for the past several weeks. At one point, more than 60 cats and kittens were available for adoption at the agency, all in danger of being euthanized if they did not find a home.

Fortunately, some of the friendly felines have found homes, but many still remain. Presently, says Hook, there are about 31 cats and kittens in the shelter.


The Macon Bank building recently underwent minor reconstruction on its columns with new, “smart” paint.

Brandon Marks and his crew, from Brandon Marks’ Painting, along with Lohr Construction, spent time remodeling the columns of the Macon Bank building last month. The wooden columns were in bad shape, and were rotting from the weather.

Marks said that the bank was spending a lot of money to have the columns repainted every three or four years, so he offered them an alternative: A new polymer paint. The paint is called a “IES thermal coating” or an “elastomeric ceramic polymer.” It is made out of 100% recycled material, so it is environment friendly. It is also water and air tight and can hold up a lot longer to the weather. Marks said that most of the buildings that he paints can be warrantied for as much as 25 years. He also said that the coat that they applied to the Macon Bank columns would last for about 10 years and all he would have to do is come back and put a single coat over it and it would last another 10 or 15 years.


Sanford Erastus Peek Sr. and Vickie Wilson Peek are celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary.

The couple were married July 16, 1956, in Gaffney, S.C. Sanford is from Franklin and Vickie is from Gastonia.

The couple spend their summers in Franklin and reside in Summerville, S.C. during the fall and winter.


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