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The Scottish Tartans Museum planned two events to honor "Tartan Day" on April 2, and April 6, which is the 653rd anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Arbroathe in 1320.

During this period, the English kings were absolute monarchs while the Scottish kings were less powerful. England needed the raw materials of the Scottish highlands to fight land battles with France during this period. In fact, England owned some French land along the English Channel. The English Army invaded Scotland frequently and often defeated their weaker armies. The Scottish chiefs assembled at Arbroathe Abbey on the west coast of Scotland at the request of the Bishop of Arbroathe. Addressed to the Pope, who was the most powerful leader in Europe, they composed a document of Independence from England. The treaty expressed free and equal tennents for all citizens, well ahead of its time.

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Rayven Casada, youth chair of the 30 Hour Famine at Franklin First United Methodist Church, and Rev. Margaret Freeman, associate pastor of FUMC, present Shaina Adkins, director of CareNet, a check for $1,834 collected during its March fundraiser.

More than 7,100 cans of food were collected for CareNet during the recent 30 Hour Famine.

 

 

Shawna McDowell, a 2010 graduate of Franklin High School, graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Okla.

McDowell is the daughter of Dennis and Tammy McDowell, and the granddaughter of Doug and Diane McDowell and Ron and Sue Thomson.

McDowell is continuing her training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where she is training to be a combat medic.

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The Macon County Heritage Center at Cowee School is the site of a proposed community garden.

On Monday, April 8, starting at 9 a.m., volunteers will construct 10, 12’x4’ raised beds. All materials and tools will be on site and Ed Haight, engineer, designer, and builder, will direct the project. Skilled workers are needed. Volunteers are asked to bring their own lunch. Cowee Community Development Organization will provide snacks and drinks. These raised beds will be both beautiful and practical, being easier to work for people of all ages.

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