Macon Elder Abuse Awareness Walk Tonight

This evening the Macon County Elder Abuse Awareness Walk will take place at the Franklin High School Track beginning at 6pm. Shelia Jenkins with the Macon Senior Center talks about the purpose behind tonight event. “June 15th is National Elder Abuse Awareness day and as a region of the 7 far west counties we do a walk at the same […]

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NC Families Not As Financially Secure in 2017

North Carolina families are not as financially secure this year, compared with prior years. That’s according to the Annie E. Casey 2017 Kids Count Data Book released Tuesday. The state ranks 37th in the country when it comes to economic well-being, behind neighboring southern states South Carolina and Tennessee. The state was 30th in that category last year. Laila Bell […]

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Harris Regional Recognizes 2017 Mercy Award Winner

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital recently announced that Jamie Davis has been recognized as the hospitals’ 2017 Mercy Award winner. The Mercy Award recognizes one employee from each of LifePoint Health’s hospitals who profoundly touches the lives of others and best represents the spirit and values on which the company was founded. The Mercy Award is an annual […]

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Medicaid Crucial to Rural Areas

The importance of Medicaid in small towns and rural parts of North Carolina cannot be overstated, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program. The researchers found across the nation, a larger percentage of children in rural areas count on Medicaid compared to urban areas – […]

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Macon Commissioners to Hold Public Hearing Tonight on Budget

Tonight the Macon County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing during their monthly meeting at the commissioners board room at the court house beginning at 6pm. The fiscal year 2017-2018 budget was presented by county manager Derek Roland at the May 18th Board meeting and copies if the proposed budget are now available for public inspection at the […]

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Franklin Town Board to Demolish 3 Abandoned Properties

At the recent meeting of the Franklin Town Council, city officials unanimously approved the demolition of three properties located within the city limits that are in violation of the town’s housing code. The properties are located at 14 Brittney Lane, 76 Hillcrest Avenue, and 456 Pauline Avenue. The town has received multiple complaints from the community about the condition and […]

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Macon Commissioners Budget Work Session Set for Tonight

After several work sessions with department heads and commissioners, the final adoption of the 2017-2018 Macon County budget is scheduled for this Tuesday, June 13th with a public hearing set for 6:00 p.m. on the recommended fiscal year budget. At last week’s budget work session, commissioners heard several requests from different organizations in the county. Tonight, the Macon County Board […]

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Wildlife Federation Urging Lawmakers to Support Public Lands

More than 35 hunting, fishing and outdoor groups sent a letter to members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation last week calling on them to defend public lands in the state and the rest of the country. The demand from organizations representing more than 100-thousand stakeholders comes as efforts continue to privatize some national parks. Tim Gestwicki, with the North Carolina […]

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Dillsboro Board of Aldermen Public Hearing Tonight

Tonight June 12 the Dillsboro Board of Aldermen will hold a Public Hearing at 5:15 p.m. to entertain public comment on the proposed 2017/2018 fiscal year budget. The meeting will be held at Dillsboro Town Hall, on Front Street, Dillsboro. Copies of the proposed budget are available at that location.

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