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Opposition mounts against Lanark RV park

Hi Y’all,

I hope that you had a wonderful Easter! 

The regular Lanark Village Association’s Thirsty Thursday covered dish became a very special event when we celebrated long-time resident Bob Dietz’s 95th birthday. He is certainly one of our favorite residents and we were lucky to have some of his family with him. Bob also has the distinction of being the last surviving World War II Navy veteran in Franklin County.

Easter for the children was great; Lanark Village Golf Club course was buzzing Saturday with little children looking for Easter eggs. The golf club, along with residents and friends, gathered to have a great time. Jon Brucker, along with other residents, organized this fun event. Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith got the children excited, then gave them the instructions on how to make this event a safe and fun event. A countdown sent the children (about 35 of them) eagerly running and laughing. The children received great gifts in exchange for the eggs they had collected.

The scramble is on after Sheriff A.J. Smith kicks off the Easter egg hunt. [ Pat Funderburk ]

Later it was on to the American Legion Post 82 for a dinner of pork or chicken gumbo, a great silent auction and music by Duke Manfro. Did I mention great friends and smiling faces? This event was held to benefit Legion Rides for Project Relief, to help end veterans’ suicides. If you don’t support the Legion, please consider that by doing so you are having good times and supporting a good cause. 

This Saturday, April 6 the golf club will have a yard sale starting at 8 a.m. It will be held on Heffernan Drive in the parking lot across from Chillas Hall. There will be many great bargains. 

Lanark Village has some concerns. It seems that our unique, quiet, historic village has been faced with an application to Franklin County Planning and Zoning to have one of the properties in the Village, at 2390 Oak Street, changed from a C-4 to a C-3 which will allow a recreational vehicle Park to be located within the boundaries of the Village. You can get more information about this issue by dropping in at Chillas Hall, Monday to Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. You can call the County P & Z, Cortni Bankston or Mark Curenton at 850-653-5337 for more information. The date for the hearing has been announced as Tuesday, April 16 at the commissioners’ meeting. If you want your voice heard, it is best to try to go to the meeting. Numbers speak loudly. You can get emails of the county commissioners from the above number or by going to the website. The county commissioner for Lanark Village is Cheryl Sanders, at You can also contact County Coordinator Michael Moron at

Go to for any information that you need, this email will also instruct you on how to participate in the meeting by zooming.

Love Lanark. Pat Sewell Funderburk is the Times Lanark News columnist. Be sure to send news and society items about Lanark Village life to her at

Vonnie McCormick is among the local residents collecting signatures for the petition to stop the RV park from coming to Lanark Village. [ Kathy Brown | Contributed ]

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