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Raleigh and Magdalene (Maggie) Buchanan of Franklin will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 25, 2011. To celebrate their Golden Anniversary, a reception will be held in their honor on June 18, at 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of lotla Baptist Church in Franklin. All friends and family are invited to attend. Raleigh and Maggie have asked for no gifts, but that of your presence and to be with them as they celebrate their special day.

The high school sweethearts, became engaged on Maggie’s graduation night. A year later, June 25, 1961, they were married by the late Rev. C.T. Taylor in his home. After only a few short days of marriage, Raleigh was called to serve in the U.S. Army, July 10. Maggie traveled alone for the first time on a train to join Raleigh after he was stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas. There they met life-long family friends, the late Katie and Harold Quick, also from North Carolina. Their friendship was immediate, yet lasting as it still continues today through the Quicks’ sons and grandchildren.


Charles and Sally Kempf are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

They were married in Fremont, MIch. on June 8, 1951.

The couple has five children who will be hosting a celebration on July 31.

They have 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Macon County resident and avid hiker Olga Pader will present a picture slide show of her journey last summer on the Camino Primitivo (Primitive Way) in northern Spain as part of the Thursdays at the Library series at the Macon County Public Library. The Camino Primitivo is the oldest of a network of walking paths starting in the Pyrenees at the French border and crisscrossing Spain, all leading to the magnificent city of Santiago de Compostela. Here, in the world-renowned Cathedral rests the remains of St. James the apostle, whose shrine is revered as one of the spiritual centers of the ancient and modern world.


A Franklin man recently became a millionaire after buying a winning Red Hot Millions scratch-off ticket at the Dowdle Mountain Pit Stop just off of US 441.

When Brian Rowland, a real estate broker with Mountain Pro Real Estate, went to Raleigh on Friday so lottery officials could verify his North Carolina Education Lottery ticket was valid, he announced his winnings would help him pay some medical bills and provide for his family's future. He purchased the winning ticket on Thursday morning.

“I am very grateful, and I am going to pay my tithe the very first thing,” Rowland said as he collected his prize at NCEL headquarters on Friday. “My wife is a breast cancer survivor so we are going to pay some medical bills to the wonderful hospital and doctors in Asheville who helped her beat cancer.”


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