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“Unity. Freedom. Love.”

For Regina Horner these are the high ideals represented by the late civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and they were what came immediately to her mind when she was asked what MLK Day meant to her. To those ideals, she added a deep sense of gratitude that went even beyond the works of the civil rights leader and to the heart of her faith.

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On Tuesday, Jan. 18, the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Awards and Installation Banquet followed by the Annual Meeting at the Tartan Hall of the First Presbyterian Church. At the banquet, numerous citizens and local organization were recognized for their contributions to the community in the past year.

The prestigious Citizen of the Year award went to Rhonda Blanton. County Commission Chairman Ronnie Beale who introduced the award said that while Blanton prefers not to be in the spotlight she was well deserving of this year’s award.

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Franklin Health and Fitness Center has undergone a major upgrade with recent renovations making the establishment a stateof- the-art facility. Many of the center’s former features are still available, such as the heated swimming pool, weight room and complimentary child care, but now boasts many new features.

The cardio room, which contains workout bikes, stairmasters and treadmills, has been expanded with 12 new pieces of equipment added.

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The Macon County Humane Society always has a dog ready for adoption. Unfortunately, some dogs have lived at the shelter for years without being adopted, according to Humane Society workers.

The organization is always looking for a way to get the dogs into a loving home. But getting locals to adopt all of the homeless dogs has proven to be an impossible challenge for the shelter over the years, for no other reason than there are just too many stray dogs in Macon County.

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