Bids for Community Building Discussed at Commissioners Meeting

The renovations to the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building was a topic of discussion for the Macon County Board of Commissioners at their continuation of the March meeting, held earlier in the week. The bid process was opened up for the electrical, gym floor, plumbing, general construction, and doors and windows. According to County Manager, Derek Roland; the bids for […]

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Robot Created by SCC to Be Used by MCSO

Students in Southwestern Community College’s mechatronics engineering program have created a SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) robot for the Macon County Sheriff’s Office. The students’ creation is not only designed to resolve dangerous situations and reduce damage to property, but it could even save a life. Designed to enter dangerous environments such as hostage situations, SWAT robots relay information through […]

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Western Puts Up 13 Runs, Falls Short Against Gardner Webb

Western Carolina managed to erase all but two runs of a nine-run middle inning deficit on Wednesday night. However, the Catamounts were blanked over the final four frames by visiting Gardner-Webb, suffering a 15-13 loss at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium in the frontend of a midweek nonconference home-and-home. Gardner-Webb (10-12) scored early-and-often, plating runs in the top of each […]

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Principal at East Franklin Elementary Retiring at End of Year

After over thirty years as an educator in Macon County, Shirley Parks, Principal at East Franklin Elementary School, will be retiring at the end of this school year. A native of Franklin, Parks has worn many hats, from teacher’s assistant to principal, during her years as an educator in the Macon County School System. Dr. Chris Baldwin, Superintendent of Macon […]

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Strong Storms Knock Out Power to Thousands

Strong thunderstorms raced through Western North Carolina Tuesday evening, bringing damaging straight line winds, heavy rain and even some small hail reported. Several experienced power outages as a result of these storms, and according to Duke Energy, at 9 am, there were still 3,632 customers without power in Jackson County, with Swain County seeing 2,804 without power. In Macon County, […]

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Swain High School Closed Due to Power Outage

From Swain County Schools:   “Due to power outage at Swain High School, there will be no classes today for high school students, all other schools will operate on a normal 2 hour delay. Again, no classes today for high school students, all other schools are on a normal 2 hour delay schedule.”

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WCU to Hold International Festival Next Week

The Western Carolina University community will come together to celebrate the diverse cultures and traditions of its international student population during the university’s 38th annual International Festival on Wednesday, March 29. Hosted by WCU’s Office of International Programs and Services, the festival is designed to foster cultural awareness, appreciation and understanding of the world’s diversity through music, food, dance, arts […]

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Standing Room Only Crowd at Public Hearing on Dillsboro Waterpark

It was a packed house Monday evening in Sylva, as the Jackson County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on the proposed Dillsboro waterpark. To start off the public hearing, Rich Price, spoke to the crowd and commissioners about what is actually in the proposed agreement between the county and the group that wants to develop the land, “It […]

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Plemmons Coming Back to Take over Franklin Boys Basketball

The Franklin Panthers boys basketball team will have a familiar face as the head coach next season. Doug Plemmons, who previously coached the Panthers will be returning to the team this winter. Plemmons spent 15 years on the sidelines for Franklin, and resigned in 2008. Plemmons was approved as the new coach as part of the Macon County Board of […]

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