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Fanny Maud Besem, a Belgian doctoral student in aerospace engineering at Duke University, was the guest of honor at a Zonta Club reception at the Macon County Airport Saturday.

Besem, center, was congratulated on her award of a $10,000 Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship by area director Judy Barnes, left, and (not pictured) Franklin club president Debe Nowicki.

Established in 1938 to honor its pioneering member, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or engineering.

For more information about Zonta, see or contact Peggy Milton at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828)349-4615.

Nancy Rathbone, executive director of the Franklin House (R) discussed the senior living services provided by the Franklin House, at the Franklin Kiwanis meeting Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Since Nov. 10, the Franklin House has provided three kinds of residential services: 1. Independent Living, 2. Assisted Living, and 3.

Memory Care (which is for residents with dementia or Alzheimer's disease). Franklin House provides a residence that is more like home. Families can come in and have meals with the residents.

“Good food, children, and pets are high on our list,” said Rathbone. “The residents can have private, semi-private, or mega suites,” said Rathbone.

Respite care is also available. The resident to staff ratio is eight to one.

Franklin House is the largest supplier of assisted living beds in North Carolina. With Rathbone is Beverly Barnette, president of Franklin Kiwanis.

Franklin High School Advanced Drama and Stagecraft Instructor Robert Jessup recently spoke to the Drama Club at Mountain View Intermediate.

Jessup brought along two of his advanced theater students, Jacob Plouse and Regan Long, to share their experiences in theater.

Together they performed skits demonstrating their craft.




We know that sometimes it’s hard to remember to return those library books and DVDs, and then the fines start mounting up," says the staff at the Macon County Public Library. "So, to give our friends and neighbors a chance to come back to the library, and to give our books a chance to come home, the Fontana Regional Library system is having a 'Love Your Library' Amnesty Week, Feb. 9-14."

During that week, library users may visit any Fontana member library in Jackson, Macon or Swain counties, return or renew overdue materials and when they say, “I love my library” all overdue fines for the items will be forgiven. If an overdue item has already been returned but still has fines on it, people may present their library cards and say, “I love my library” and any overdue fines will be forgiven. And for people who may have lost their card, the library will replace it for free through Saturday, Feb. 14.


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