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The Uptown Gallery in Franklin held a special celebration to mark “50 artful years,” on Saturday, June 16.

The new summer exhibit was on display as artists and visitors partook of the refreshments and listened to music.

The Uptown Gallery is located on Main Street in downtown Franklin and is open Monday throught Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Iotla Valley Elementary honored former principals, teachers and staff members last month.

With the closing of the Cowee Elementary School, the students and staff wanted to open the doors for these educators to be honored.

The visitors were invited to have lunch and then a program was presented by the students.

Special thanks was offered to each of them for helping in making memories that will be cherished in the historic school building.

Brittany Croston, recent graduate of Macon Early College has joined the Navy.

Her family writes, “The years have gone by quickly and now you are a beautiful young lady who has made all of us proud of who you are and what you have become.

You have achieved a lot in your young life that some people only dream about. You will be leaving soon for the Navy and for that we applaud you. We love you dearly.

Always trust in the Lord and his blessings will be upon you.



Ashley and Brad Hyder announce the birth of their son, Grayson Turner Hyder, born May 5, 2012, at 3:40 a.m. at Harris Regional in Sylva.

He weighed 8 lbs. 11 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

He is the grandson of Anne Hyder and the greatgrandson of Ruth O’Bryan of Franklin.

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