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Franklin has gained a new Masonic Body recently known as the Valley of Franklin Scottish Rite. Established first as a club, the membership showed cause to the Orient of North Carolina their drive and dedication to accept further responsibilities whereby, the Valley will be presented its charter August 2015 as the newest Valley within North Carolina. This did not come about easily and required the work of many Masons from the surrounding area in concert with the Lodge of Perfection of Asheville, the parent organization.

Meetings are held in the Junaluskee Lodge #145 at 80 Broadway on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m., for the evening meal followed by the business meeting at 7 p.m.

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Vietnam veteran Don Bowen applies a coat of paint to the eagle at the entrance of the Veterans Memorial park last month.

A Memorial Day service honoring departed veterans will be held on Monday, May 25, 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park.

Tierian (Randy) Cash, National Chaplain of the American Legion will be the guest speaker.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Robert C. Carpenter Building adjacent to the park.

All participants and guests attending the memorial service are invited to the American Legion Post 108, 614 W. Main St., for a complimentary lunch immediately following the ceremony.

 

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Four lose their lives in the line of duty in 2014

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #81 of Jackson and Macon Counties held the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service last Friday on the courthouse square.

With flags flying and law enforcement officers from across Western North Carolina in attendance, guest speaker Ashley Welch addressed the crowd.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to speak to you, my hometown, today and to honor the servicemen and women who lost their lives protecting us," said Welch. "But I wish I was here under different circumstances. I wish I was just here to thank you for your service and dedication to your community, but unfortunately I am not. I am here to remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty."

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After Stephen Siller lost his life in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, his family set out to honor his life and legacy by establishing The Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Foundation.

One Franklin businessman was honored this week for his support of the Staten Island based charity, and was given a piece of steel from Ground Zero.

Tom Tastinger, of Tastinger's Floor Covering, Carpet One, was presented with a piece of steel from the fallen World Trade Center by Charlie Gussamann, a retired FDNY (Fire Department of New York City) member.

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