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Jack and Marilu Giddens were married Oct. 6, 1940, in West Palm Beach, Fla.

After serving in the Navy for four years during World War II, the couple returned to West Palm Beach where Jack became an air traffic controller at Palm Beach International Airport where he retired after 32 years. They moved to Franklin in 1984 and they say they just love it here.”

The couple has three children, Cheryl Schrock of Franklin, Paulette Hunt of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., and Jack A. Giddens of Richmond Hill, Ga.

The Giddens have nine grandchildren and nine great grandchidlren. Jack is 98 years old and Marilu is 96.

As Marilu always says: “We have been truly blessed.” A 10th great grandchild is expected in December.

Chris Hyers demonstrates chair caning at the 62nd Annual Macon County Fair held last week at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center in Franklin.

The fair concluded with a horse show on Sunday.



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More than 70 people came together recently at Franklin’s First United Methodist Church to experience scenarios that mirror real world challenges of people in poverty. Participants were faced with handling multiple priorities, priorities often in conflict with one another, and were tasked with figuring out where to go for help.

MANNA FoodBank and Macon County CareNet sponsored a Poverty Simulation in which participants used 15-minute periods to simulate a week in the life of a person or family. Packets of information describing individual roles and resources were randomly assigned. For example, you might find in your envelope your car registration, money, monthly bills, health conditions, and the names of your children.


Franklin High School Class of 1950 held its 65th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin.

Pictured, kneeling, Sue Crawford Hirsch, class mascot; (front row, L-R) Virginia Cansler Wilson, Sally Grant Andreotta, Betty Sue Allen McConnell, Belva Nichols Edwward, Kate Green Hunter, Beatrice (Bea) Buchanan Bell; (second row) Jane Talley Cabe, Josephine (Jo) Dalton Corbin, Loraine Angel Corbin Powell, Pauline Keener Kirkland, Barbara (Bobbi) Guffie Hodgin, Evelyn Cabe Shelnut, Jim Conley; (third row) Bill Ray, Bob Corbin, Sam Rowland, Pete Penland, George Phillips, and R. L. Cunningham. Photo by Ellen Bishop

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