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After nine decades of providing networking and vital services to veterans in Macon County, Franklin's American Legion Post 108 celebrated their 90th birthday on Sunday.

With a beautifully decorated patriotic themed cake, donated by Pam Bowen, adorned with the names of every individual who has served Post 108 as Post Commander, veterans from all over Western North Carolina, community leaders, and citizens gathered together to celebrate the legion's milestone.

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Order of the Long Leaf Pine presented at Folk Festival.

Franklin native Clayton Ramsey was honored last weekend during Franklin's 9th annual Folk Festival. Ramsey, who had no idea that presentation had been orchestrated in his honor, was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious awards given by the Governor of North Carolina.

“I was totally speechless on Saturday,” Ramsey said of the surprise ceremony. “I had no idea and certainly didn't expect anything like that. I am so grateful and happy to have been afforded a long life to dedicate to service for Macon County. I am thankful for the opportunity to have served in the schools, with Rotary, Macon Program for Progress and for 55 years as a member of the Masonic Lodge.”

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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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