11th Annual FRANKLIN FOLK FESTIVAL :: Saturday, July 19 from 9am - 4pm in Historic Downtown Franklin

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The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently approved scholarships totaling $360,450 to 94 students from Western North Carolina. The Foundation administers approximately 60 scholarships funds, about 40 of which run a spring cycle offered to high school seniors each year.

“The students we talked with are an interesting group, who want to pursue careers in a variety of fields including forensic science, digital art, communications, medicine, veterinary medicine and aviation,” said John Fleming, Chair of the WNC Regional Scholarships Committee. “They come from both intact and very challenging family situations. Their academics are phenomenal, and many have overcome huge obstacles and adversity with energy, enthusiasm, focus and dignity.” Fleming revels in the deeply rewarding position that enables donors and The Community Foundation to support deserving students facing financial obstacles. “We are investing in bright, humble, focused, high-achieving students, and our community will be much better off as a result of this well-deserved help.”

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A reconditioned 1996 Chevy Lumina has been provided to The Rotary Club of Franklin for auction as part of its annual Roy Rickman Scholarship Fundraiser. Dennis and Carolyn Sanders provided the vehicle after completing mechanical, body, and detail work to bring it to a reconditioned state.

“The vehicle is in great shape with less than 64,000 miles and should provide someone with excellent transportation. It was my father's personal car and he took excellent care of it.” commented Dennis Sanders. “I, myself, am a member of the Franklin Club and very proud to see our club providing scholarships to deserving students.”

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Citizen and Rotarian of the Year among them

Franklin Daybreak Rotary presented three special awards at the last meeting of the current board of officers.

Teresa Ramsey was presented the Citizen of the Year award. Ramsey works tirelessly on the Macon County Foundation Board (which includes acting in the Mystery Theatre each year; at First United Methodist Church with the music ministry and the 30 Hour Famine and her current project, The Franklin Folk Festival.

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The Guffey/Guffie reunion was held Sunday, July 22, for descendants of brothers Ed and Sam Guffey of Macon County who married sisters Lillie and Dovie Buchanan of Jackson County.

More than 90 members from both families attended the event, including the only surviving son of Ed and Lillie Guffey, Zeb Sr. age 101.

Zeb's surviving sister Lillian Guffey Russo, age 93, is in an assisted living facility in New York.

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