WCU Jazz Fest Coming Saturday

Western Carolina University’s 15th annual Jazz Festival will bring an afternoon and evening of master classes and performances to campus Saturday, April 22, from noon to 10 p.m. at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Featured artists include vocalist Carly Johnson, bassist Mike McGuirk and drummer John Riley, along with the WCU Jazz Ensemble under the direction […]

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Sylva Bomber Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Larry Dean Bowlsby, 49, of Warrenton, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger to 10 years in prison for detonating an improvised explosive device inside a Walmart store in 2007. Bowlsby was arrested in Missouri on May 24, 2016, and pleaded guilty to the charges in the Western District of North Carolina on October 2016. According to filed […]

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Renovations to Wesley’s Park Underway

At the April meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, County Manager Derek Roland updated commissioners on the progress of the renovation project at Wesley’s Park playground. With the warmer temperatures, the park renovation project is now underway and is expected to be completed by April 21st. Renovations to the park include replacement of playground equipment and the rubber […]

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Town of Franklin to Hold Budget Meeting Monday

The Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen will be holding their first meeting on the coming fiscal year’s budget early Monday evening. The meeting will begin with a look at next fiscal year’s projected revenue, followed by a presentation on the debt service for the town in 2017-2018. The meeting will be getting underway at 5:30 in Franklin.

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WCU to Host Presentation on Upcoming Eclipse

A total solar eclipse will darken the skies over a slice of Western North Carolina in August, and Enrique Gomez, associate professor of astronomy and physics at Western Carolina University, is planning a presentation to help the public understand the celestial phenomenon. The public lecture, titled “The Great American Eclipse of 2017: What to Expect and How to Experience It,” […]

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Applications Still Being Accepted for Community Garden Spots

The Macon County Community Garden Committee is still taking applications for  garden space in the 2017 Community Garden. Alan Durden, the County Extension Director says that there are only 24 total spaces available for the season, “We have 24 gardening spaces at the garden. Each of them is 500 sq. ft. The garden is tilled and ready, we’ll have it […]

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Bids Approved for Carpenter Building Renovation

The county’s project to renovate the Robert C. Carpenter Building is back on track as final bids for the project were approved at this week’s regular meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners. Commissioners received and awarded the four lowest bids for general construction, plumbing, electrical renovation, and the gymnasium floor replacement. Three local companies from Franklin were awarded […]

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Muskrat 2 Fire in Mop-Up Phase, Reward for Information

Mop up is continuing on the Muskrat 2 fire just outside of Franklin on Highway 64. At last update; the size of the fire was right around 300 acres, with mop up going on to try and finally put the fire out. Luckily, the fire hasn’t threatened any structures around the area. According to the US Forest Service, the fire […]

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Fire at Sylva Burger King Causes Evacuations, No Injuries

Wednesday afternoon in Sylva, a fire broke out at the Burger King on Webster Road. The fire started off as a grease fire, and prompted the response of local firefighters to battle the blaze at the restaurant. Everyone inside was evacuated with no injuries reported. An employee at the restaurant says that the business is closed Thursday, with no estimate […]

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Board Recognizes Gold Award Winning Girl Scout

During the presentation segment of this week’s meeting of the Macon County Board of County Commissioners, local student Caroline Vargas was recognized for receiving her Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. The gold award culminates 10 years of Girl Scouting which Vargas began at the age of seven years old.  Only a small percentage of Girl Scouts achieve […]

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