Taste of Scotland Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Celebrating the heritage of the area, several thousands gathered downtown this past weekend to enjoy the 20th annual Taste of Scotland & Celtic Festival. Traditionally held each year during Father’s Day weekend, the festival celebrates the area’s Scottish heritage with fun, games, food, music and much more. “The event is held each year to give people in Macon County a […]

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Dillsboro Arts and Crafts Show Draws Big Crowd

Wonderful blue skies, great entertainment and over 60 artisans brought out more than 3,000 people to Front Street Arts & Crafts Show this past weekend in Dillsboro. The first of three 2017 festivals produced by the Dillsboro Merchants Association, Front Street Arts & Crafts Show filled not only Front Street, but also Church Street as well, increasing vendor participation; thereby […]

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Forest Service Taking Applications for Ginseng Harvesting

From the NC Forest Service: “The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests have announced that forest visitors have until July 19 to submit contact information to a ranger district office to participate in the lottery to receive a ginseng harvest permit this year. Visitors must obtain a permit to collect wild ginseng in the two national forests during the designated harvest […]

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Commissioners Hear Update on Community Building Updates

At last week’s regular meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, Macon County Planner Jack Morgan and Tom Ritter of Ritter Architecture, gave commissioners an update on the renovations of the Robert C. Carpenter Building. Over the last several months, the community building has been closed while the county makes repairs and upgrades to the recreation facility. Subcontractors as […]

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Franklin Chamber to Hold Official Ribbon Cutting Tuesday

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce is preparing to showcase their new building with a ribbon cutting. Cindy Cavender, the Special Events and Marketing Director for the Chamber says that with the new building being just off the 441 bypass in Franklin, it is in a prime location in the old Simple Elegance building. Cavender says that they are getting ready […]

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Studies Show Summer Reading Must Be a Part of Out of School Routine

With school out for summer all over Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties, reading has to be a part of summer activities for kids. That’s according to experts who say there’s evidence of significant learning loss in the summer when kids don’t read. According to the organization, Reading is Fundamental (RIF), students experience between a one- to three-month loss of reading […]

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Macon County Meth Bust

Five people arrested Wednesday night by Macon deputies during two separated incidences. Two male suspects from Atlanta and a Franklin resident were arrested at a local gas station as deputies responded to an altercation. A deputy saw the suspect vehicle stopped at a gas station and approached the suspects. After a search all three were arrested and charged with Trafficking […]

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Macon Commisioners Approve 2017-2018 Budget

This week, the Macon County Board of Commissioners approved their budget for the upcoming 2017-2018 fiscal year. Following a public hearing attended by only a few citizens, the budget passed with a 3-2 vote with Commissioners Karl Gillespie and Paul Higdon casting the two dissenting votes. The vote follows months of work sessions with county department heads as well as […]

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