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The Cowee Volunteer Fire Department hosted a hot dog and hamburger lunch Saturday, June 4, in celebration of their 20th anniversary. The guest entertainer was Matt Stillwell, an up and coming country musician from Sylva, whose popular song, “Shine,” ranked number five in CMT’s Pure Country countdown.

Wayne Pruett, fire chief of the Cowee Volunteer Fire Department since 2003, spoke briefly about the history of the department as well as recognized those individuals that were instrumental in helping to get the department up-and-running and state certified.

The Cowee Volunteer Fire Department was not state certified until June 6, 1991. Until that time, “the department could not officially run a call,” said Pruett.


KIDS Place, a non-profit children’s advocacy center in Franklin, held an event Monday commemorating its 20 years of service in Macon County and honoring its many supporters.

KIDS Place — Kids InterDisciplinary Services, Inc. — was founded in 1991 as a private, nonprofit agency with the mission of providing “hope and healing for abused children and their families through coordinated services in a child-friendly place.”


WWI veteran’s family receives special North Carolina service medal

Over the recent Memorial Day weekend, one Macon County family received special recognition in honor of its patriarch and World War I veteran, the late Harry Pinkerton Rowland. In a small ceremony on Tuesday, May 31, at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Park, a rare service medal crafted specifically for WWI veterans from North Carolina was presented to Rowland’s family.

Three generations of Rowland’s descendents attended the ceremony, along with a number of local and state representatives. Rowland’s granddaughter, Kathy Palmer Orr, noted that had Rowland still been living, it would have been his 117th birthday.


Ten Macon County veterans from the May 14 Honor Air flight to Washington, D.C. attended the meeting of the Franklin Rotary Club recently. WWII veterans Albert James, Ray Penland, Nebs Anksorus, James Anderson, Jack Vaughn, Jack Garrett, Ray Welch, Paul Shepherd, Leonard Sinkbeil, and David Watters visited the Club, had lunch and were treated to a Power Point presentation by Rotarian Gary Dills featuring pictures from the group’s trip to Washington, DC.


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