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Carey Patton Jr. was the youngest of seven children born to Carey Patton Sr. and his wife, Gertrude. He came into a family deeply rooted in Macon County, North Carolina, and in military service to the United States. His ancestors migrated to Western North Carolina in the 19th century, settling on 15 acres off Mashburn White Road during the late 1800s. About 1935 or 1936, the family moved to Bidwell Street in the town of Franklin. Carey and his wife, Nancy currently live in the family home place on Mashburn White.

His father served in World War I, and four of his brothers served in the United States Navy. All his brothers were in naval electronics, involved in anti-submarine warfare. His oldest brother, Claybourne, (26 years older than Carey) was killed in an airplane crash off Long Island, N.Y., during World War II. The airplane was taking off to investigate a reported submarine sighting off the east coast of the United States. The pilot objected to the mission because of a terrible electrical storm in the area. Shortly after take-off, the airplane was struck by lightning and crashed into the harbor.

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Plan will address sidewalk, bike lane issues downtown.

The town of Franklin has been awarded a 2015 NCDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant. Franklin was one of 10 municipalities awarded this grant across the state of North Carolina. This was the first time the town of Franklin has applied for this grant in the 12 of the grant’s existence.

In November, the Franklin Board of Aldermen voted to allow the town to apply for the full amount allowed of $36,000, with a 10 percent match from the town of Franklin. This grant will be used to develop a Bicycle and Pedestrian Comprehensive Transportation plan for the town of Franklin. This plan will address new sidewalk routes, replacement of existing sidewalk, and development of bike lanes within the city limits of Franklin.

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Two years after United States troops were pulled from Vietnam, the war, which spanned nearly two decades finally ended on April 30, 1975. With more than a million casualties and another 600,000 wounded, the war has earned a place as one of the most controversial events in the world's history.

After more than 10 years of U.S. involvement, in the late 1960s, the American population became more and more opposed to the war, leading to anti-war protests in the states. For veterans returning home from battle, that meant the warm homecoming and welcoming feeling they had longed for while braving the elements in Vietnam and carrying out the orders they were given, was anything but a guarantee.

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It was standing room only in American Legion Post 108 on Saturday, as veterans and community members alike packed the house to honor 11 men and women and even a pup, who have served in the United States military.

For the third consecutive year, veterans participating in the Warrior Hike along the Appalachian Trail made a stop in Franklin and were greeted with open arms. After dinner and fellowship on Friday night, the group of hiking veterans made their way on Saturday to American Legion Post 108 to receive “Quilts of Valor” from the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild.

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