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Shawna McDowell, a 2010 graduate of Franklin High School, graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Okla.

McDowell is the daughter of Dennis and Tammy McDowell, and the granddaughter of Doug and Diane McDowell and Ron and Sue Thomson.

McDowell is continuing her training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where she is training to be a combat medic.

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The Macon County Heritage Center at Cowee School is the site of a proposed community garden.

On Monday, April 8, starting at 9 a.m., volunteers will construct 10, 12’x4’ raised beds. All materials and tools will be on site and Ed Haight, engineer, designer, and builder, will direct the project. Skilled workers are needed. Volunteers are asked to bring their own lunch. Cowee Community Development Organization will provide snacks and drinks. These raised beds will be both beautiful and practical, being easier to work for people of all ages.

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Students in the spring break daycare at Macon Program for Progress were treated to an Easter Egg Hunt on a breezy Wednesday morning at the Macon County rec park.

Parents pitched in for the event and the children decorated their “baskets” with crayons and Easter stickers.

After all the eggs were found, students played on the playground before heading back to the center.

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Three members of Franklin's Rotary Club joined three other area Rotarians earlier this month on a trip to Nicaragua to complete a desperately needed service project. As part of a six-person contingent, Franklin Rotarians traveled to Esteli, Nicaragua, to take part in the early construction stages of a foot bridge that would provide access across a river that became impassable during the height of the rainy season. After completion of the bridge, the once isolated villagers will be able to get to medical support, school, and be able to bring their produce and crafted goods to local markets so they can make at least a basic subsistence.

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