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The family of Harley Carpenter Jr. gathered at his home in Franklin to celebrate his 91st birthday on Feb. 6.

Pictured are (front row, L-R) Rink Hallford, son-in-law; Jared Greer, great grandson; Harley Carpenter; Josie Hallford, great granddaughter; Evelyn Greer, daughter; (back row) Leigh Greer, granddaughter; Jacob Wilson, great grandson; Channing Hallford, great granddaughter; and Julie Hallford, granddaughter.

Wayne Price recently retired from the Town of Franklin's Waste Water Treatment Plant as the operator in charge.

Price had 25 years service to Franklin, and prior to that, 10 years service in the Waynesville Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Presenting Price with a plaque at a retirement ceremony for his many years of service was Mayor Bob Scott, and Town Manager Summer Woodard.

Alice Southard recently celebrated her 96th birthday on Feb. 7.

Helping her celebrate was her son, Willard Southard, grandson, Jeff Southard and her great grandson, J.D.

On Monday, Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Day, 11 volunteers from Western Carolina University, joined the Habitat for Humanity force to help apply vinyl siding to a house being restored by Habitat.

One member from the Center for Service Learning at WCU and the women from Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority spent the day learning how to properly use tools and specific techniques for installing vinyl siding on a structure.

A few had never used a hammer before, so the Habitat crew said that is was fun to educate them as to which end to hammer with.

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