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Immediate Past Rotary Club’s of Franklin President Mike Norris (R) receives a Rotary Presidential Citation for his clubs efforts this past year in 100 percent annual program fund contribution as well as exceeding overall club attendance.

The award was presented by current club president Gary Dills (L) at the Oct. 3 meeting.


Angel Medical Center is celebrating the season with a Festival of Wreaths fundraiser. Wreaths have been donated from churches, businesses, and individuals that are being auctioned off to help meet Hospice patients’ needs that are not covered by insurance. The wreaths will be displayed through Thursday morning, Nov. 29, and then the winning bids will be announced during the reception after the Hospice Tree blessing ceremony.

Those people who have donated a wreath to help with this cause are: Idle Hands Farm, Tom & Melanie Ruffin; Barbara Fletcher, Otto Garden Club, Ridgecrest Baptist Church, the Hospice Volunteers,


Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been Veterans of Foreign Wars' (VFW's) premier scholarship program. Each year, more than 100,000 high school students compete for more than $52.5 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing, and recording a broadcast on an annual patriotic theme. This year's theme is “Is our Constitution Still Relevant?”

The Department of North Carolina has 17 District winners, the top three of whom are invited to the Voice of Democracy/Patriot Pen Banquet to be honored by members of the VFW and its Ladies and Men's Auxiliaries. The department first place winner receives a $2,000 scholarship from the department, and a $1,000 scholarship from the family of Past State Commander Jim Black. He/she also travels to Washington, D.C. to compete against the first place winners of the other 53 VFW departments, and meet the President of the United States. The second place department winner receives a $1,500 scholarship from the department. The third place department winner receives a $1,000 scholarship from the department.


With American flags held high, members of the Macon County community filled Main Street to show their appreciation to the men and women who have served in the United States military. As the annual Veteran's Day parade headed up Town Hill, an unanimous applaud rung in the air as friends, family and neighbors braved the rain and chilly weather all for a chance to say thank you.

Led by local girl and boy scout troops, representatives from each war from Pearl Harbor to World War II to those still fighting for the country today marched down Main Street and were greeted with smiles. After the annual parade, the crowd moved to the gazebo on the square for a Veteran's Day Ceremony.


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