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The Franklin High School Class of 1959 met recently at the Boiler Room Restaurant for a reunion.

Pictured in no particular order are Emma McConnell, Charlie Higdon, Carolyn Holland Hartsell, Joyce Cabe Raby, Kate Almond Shope, Evelyn McCoy Callenback, Betty Vanhook Dowdle, Bernice Phillips Mathis, Larry Brooks, Jean Franklin Johnson, Peggy Moore Patterson, Anne Hall Bradshaw, Jean Burrell McKelvey, Jack Hyde, Don Ledford, Barbara Carpenter Masters, Juanita Cassada Dowdle, Jean Scott Mason, Frances Alexander Killian, Rebecca Reeves, Bob Hunter, Clayton Richardson, Bob Poindexter, Bill Hopper, Nancy Siler Scott, Hayes Snyder, Claudette Leatherman Dillard and Billy Williamson.

Photo by Betsey Gooder

Payton Nicholson offers a perch to a butterfly as it prepares to take flight at Angel Medical Center’s annual Butterfly Release held Thursday, Aug. 14.

The event is held each year in honor of hospice caregivers and in memory of hospice patients.

Community members who attended were given packets that held the butterflies and were invited to release them.


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On Saturday, Aug. 16, organizers, volunteers, vendors, and visitors alike all gathered together at the Cowee Heritage Center to celebrate the second year of operations for the facility.

Located off Highway 28 in the Cowee West Mill District of Macon County, people flocked to the old Cowee School that now houses the heritage center.

According to Stacey Guffey, a key organizer of the project, the second annual celebration has been deemed a success based on early figures.

“I would say that the turnout was as good as it was last year,” he said following the event. “Though we don't have an official head count, I would estimate that there was probably somewhere between 300 to 400 people that attended.”


Love affair with car turns into 40-year relationship.

This is a story about a teenager and his car – not just any car – but his first car.

The young men of the baby boomer generation were just beginning to mature when the great American muscle cars of the mid 1950s to the mid 1970s were in their heyday. The environment for the American male’s love affair with these sleek, fast machines was perfect. Owning the car that defined and identified him as a man was the ultimate dream. In some sense, it could possibly be viewed as a rite of passage from childhood to manhood.


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