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With bagpipes in the background and a traditional Scottish meal served hot, the 19th annual Burns Night Celebration was held Saturday night at Tartan Hall. In honor of the 256th anniversary of Robert Burns' Birthday, the Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum hosted the night of fun, food, and culture. Master of Ceremonies Bob McCollum offered opening remarks, which followed a procession of tartan banners.

Robert Burns, Scotland's favorite son, is known as being one of the greatest Scottish poets and lyricists. Commonly regarded as the national poet of Scotland, Burns life and work have been celebrated around the world for centuries.


Gene R. and Linda Henderson Morrow of Franklin will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 31.

The couple was married on that date in 1965 in Walhalla, S.C.

Their children are Elizabeth Anne (Morrow) Thomason and husband Walter and Robert R. Morrow and wife Jennifer Benkis.

They have six grandchidlren and five great grandchildren.





On Saturday, Jan. 10, the Franklin Lion’s Club celebrated its 75th anniversary, not with an extravagant dinner and boring speeches, but by doing the same things it has been doing for the last 75 years ? serving the Macon County area. True to the motto of Lions Club International, “We Serve,” the local Lions Club members were simply continuing to give back to the local community by offering free vision screenings that day.

The Lions Club is perhaps best known for its participation in providing free vision screenings and its collection of old eyeglasses and redistribution to people who need, but can’t afford glasses. The Franklin Lions Club provides screenings for all school age children, grades 1-8, totally without charge to the families or schools.


Each year, Duke Energy works with counties across the state to identify a member of the each community who has worked selflessly throughout the year to help others. In Macon County, Duke Energy works alongside the Chamber of Commerce to solicit nominations from the community identifying an individual who has gone above and beyond to help friends and neighbors. After nominations are narrowed down, one person is selected to be the recipient of the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.

On Tuesday night, Lisa Leatherman presented Macon County resident Laura Vargas with the 2014 Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.


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