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At its meeting on Wednesday, June 8, the Rotary Club of Franklin honored two students as Students of the Month.

Emily White, (at right with Rotarian Susie Ledford) daughter of Gina Gribble, is a senior at Franklin High School. Emily was honored for her volunteer efforts in the community. She has logged more than 1,000 hours with the New Century Scholars volunteer program, including working at various benefits in the area, Relay For Life, school beautification and the Summer Adventure Camp.

At its meeting on Wednesday, June 8, the Rotary Club of Franklin honored two students as Students of the Month.

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At their Monday meeting, members of Franklin’s Tourism Development Authority and Macon County’s Tourism Development Commission came to an agreement on the features of a smart-phone application they jointly approved to fund last month.

The mobile application, or “app”, is designed to promote area businesses, events and attractions by providing visitors with information to plan their trips and guide them on tours of the mountain region while they are here. The app will include informative text, photos, videos, web links, phone links and GPS mapping locators.

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The Macon County Republican Party had a new membership ribbon cutting at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently.

Among the numerous members who attended were Macon GOP Chairman Chris Murray, Vice-Chairman Jim Tate, Former NC Senator Bob Carpenter, Commissioners Brian McClellan, Kevin Corbin and Ron Haven, and Macon County School Board member Gary Shields.

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At the latest school board meeting, Paula Ledford and Nancy Cantrell sought the approval of board members for an Early Childhood Literacy Campaign that they wish to begin in this area.

Ledford and Cantrell presented research that indicates that 40% of children are not at the desired cognitive level when they reach kindergarten. Based on assessments created by a school board member in Washington state, student testing scores show that this trend is on the rise. This is why the Reading Foundation was created.

Ledford commented that if children begin school already behind in learning, then they will most likely remain behind throughout their educational careers. Therefore, according to Ledford, it is time to “catch the kids up before that learning gap gets worse.”

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