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Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., held its spring commencement ceremony May 13. Robert Browning graduated with a degree in marketing and management.

He also played four years of collegiate football with the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears.

He is now currently employed with Drake Software and is the son of Pat and Tommy Browning of Franklin, N.C.



Franklin High School welding student, Adam Queen, recently competed in the 2011 National Skills USA Championships in Kansas City, Missouri.

The National Skills USA Championships is the showcase for the nation’s best career and technical students to demonstrate their excellence in both skills and leadership.

The philosophy of the Skills USA Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.


Victory Christian School, midway between Sylva and Franklin, North Carolina just off highway 441, will begin the new school year on Monday, Aug. 22. Victory is unusual in that not only is it a private school, but it is also a Christian school. The school is a member of the North Carolina Christian School Association and the American Association of Christian Schools and is approved by the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education (part of the North Carolina Public School system in Raleigh). VCS is uniquely designed to train Christian young people to be ready for whatever God has for them to do in life.

Graduation requirements from Victory meet or exceed the academic requirements for the sixteen member institutions of the University of North Carolina. Curriculum used is selected for a strong academic emphasis and a Christian philosophy. Christian textbooks from Christian publishers are used whenever possible (either from A Beka Books produced by Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida, or from Bob Jones University Press in Greenville, S.C.).


At the June 30th monthly meeting, the Gem & Mineral Society was gratified to meet one of their recipients for the 2011 $500 scholarships.

After an arduous search by Jean Emerson, the Scholarship Chairman struck gold in the person of Klara Ledford. This poised and intelligent lady is striving to get a Major in Secondary Education with a focus on Earth Science, and a minor in Geology.

Ledford is a fifth year senior, having transferred from a private college to Western Carolina University. A premium on double major course costs had made her only minor in geology. Her scholarship funds came at a good time.


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