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Ceremony honors four who gave their lives in WWII.

In a special ceremony on Sunday, Franklin's American Legion Post 108 joined people from across the country who have taken time this month to remember the selfless acts of four brave men who lost their lives on Feb. 3 1943. Known as the saga of the four chaplains, Sunday's event remembered and honored four brave men who put God and country before themselves, ultimately costing them their lives.

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For the 18th year in a row, youth from First United Methodist Church will be hosting more than 80 teens during the 30 Hour Famine on Feb. 22-24.

As part of the Famine weekend, local participants will fast for 30 hours, collect canned goods for CareNet and donations for World Vision, and take part in activities to learn more about both the issues of hunger and ways to help. Participants will also perform hands-on service projects during the weekend in order to make a difference in the Franklin community. Prior to the event weekend, students raise funds with the knowledge that every $30 they raise can help feed and care for a child for a month.

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Students at Franklin High School banded together the week before Valentine's Day to show their support and appreciation for soldiers. Members of FHS’ SWAG (Students With Awesome Goals) Club spearheaded a letter drive to show American soldiers how much they are loved and supported.

The weeklong letter-writing campaign was called, “Operation Soldier Appreciation,” and came equipped with pens, markers and stationery to send letters to men and women on active duty in the military. The goal of the event was to take the extra initiative to show support to soldiers for Valentine's Day because the suicide rate amongst military personnel is at its highest peak during the holiday.

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On Saturday, Feb. 16, Franklin High School's student council hosted the 2013 Mr. and Miss FHS Masquerade Ball. The court was composed of 12 seniors, eight juniors, six sophomores and four freshman who were nominated by the teachers and faculty and voted on by the FHS student body.

The ceremony took place in the FHS gym where the newly crowned Mr. and Miss FHS were seniors Drew Simpson and Kelsey Sheffield. Due to the snowy weather the dance was cancelled immediately following the crowning.

Drew is a senior and the son of David Simpson and Gary and Anna Shields. He is an All-Conference player and is captain of the boys varsity basketball team. Drew serves as the Student Body president and has been a member of the student council for the past four years; is active in the National Honor Society; and serves on the SWAG Club.

Kelsey Sheffield is the daughter of Eddie and Carol Sheffield. She is a member of the varsity soccer team, the National Honor Society, Student Council, SWAG Club and serves as the editor of the yearbook.

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