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REACH’s Capital Campaign recently finished its “friendly” fundraising competition between local teams for the months of May and June in order to build a new shelter.

The American Legion and the VFW gave donations of $500 each to the “Bargains and Treasurers” team and helped them achieve second place in the competition. The donations helped give the team naming rights to the new shelter children’s playground.

“As team members of REACH for Bargains and Treasurers Thrift Store, we see clients of domestic violence in the store and hear their stories every day,” said team captain June Hernandez. “This fundraiser campaign gave us the opportunity to help in another way.”


The Sweet Corn Festival held at St. Cyprian’s Church on Saturday hosted a variety of food, crafts, vendors, musicians and much more.

The festival has been a Franklin tradition for 17 years.



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On Friday, July 4, the Franklin Lion’s Club took off their bright yellow vests and cooked chicken. Each year the Franklin Lions sell barbecue chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, rolls, drink and cake to help raise funds for its program to give four Franklin High School students scholarships to pursue their educational goals. Several of the men barbecue the chicken while Rick Norton traditionally makes the cole slaw. This year, Norton’s son, Darryn helped create the side dish for the barbecue. Franklin Lions sold 525 barbecue chicken dinners this year which will allow the Franklin Lions to award five scholarships to FHS seniors this coming year.

Franklin Lions Club’s mission is to help those who can’t see or have trouble seeing by providing glasses, and canes for the blind. The group also does a number of other fundraising events throughout the year to help fund numerous other local civic functions. The Franklin Lions will be giving vision screenings to Macon County young people under the eighth grade starting in August.


Adrian Martinez, of Franklin, played an extra in the film that was being made in Franklin called "Armored Car" with Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Kirsten Wigg.

Martinez went to Asheville on Friday to play as an extra in three different scenes as a mall shopper with his car in the background.

“I’ve always dreamed about being in a Hollywood film but never thought I had an opportunity to. I had to be on the set at 9 a.m. and the stylists dressed me and shaved my face to make me look like the ’90s scene when the robbery in Charlotte took place,” said Martinez. “We were not allowed to take pictures or talk to the actors. Regardless of that, I did meet and shake Owen Wilson's hand which I did get told after I wasn't allowed to do but I was thrilled to. The scene that was playing was staged at the Bilmore Square Mall with Owen Wilson and Mary Elizabeth Ellis.”

Martinez said a lot of routine work went into the scene but that waiting around for that to happen was “definitely worth it.”


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