School Board filing ends at noon

If you want to run for one of three seats on the Macon County Board of Education this fall, today is the final day to file for election. Those interested in filing will need to go to the Macon County Board of Elections no later than 12 noon today to file for the election. The fee is $5. There is […]

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Four hurt in GA Road collision

  A family from Tennessee is hurt in a car accident in Franklin Tuesday afternoon. State Trooper Tony Hawkins with the N.C. Highway Patrol says the two car collision occurred around 12:30 p.m. on the Georgia Road near Fast Food Mart. According to Trooper Hawkins, 20-year old Evan Murray of Franklin was traveling south and attempted to make a left-hand […]

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Aldermen censure Mayor Collins over mound apology

The controversy surrounding the Nikwasi Indian Mound took another turn Monday night as Franklin Mayor Joe Collins was officially reprimanded for an apology letter he sent to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Vice-Mayor Verlin Curtis motioned the town board censure Mayor Collins for issuing an apology to the tribe on the mound’s condition, after aldermen voted not to do […]

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Man charged with indecent liberties

A 24-year old Otto man was arrested Friday charged with a crime involving a child. Arrest reports filed by Macon County Deputies indicate that Brian Douglas Burrell was charged with a felony count of indecent liberties with a child. Burrell was served a warrant without incident and booked into the Detention Center on an $8,000 bond. He is expected to […]

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Duke CEO: Merged company more efficient, less chance of rate hike

The merger between Duke and Progress energy was completed Tuesday and now the nation’s biggest utility company moves ahead with Duke Chairman Jim Rogers as the new CEO of the merged company. Bill Johnson, former President and CEO of the merger companies resigned as part of a mutual agreement, company officials said. Rogers said this week, the customers and the […]

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Conservation group to speak at Women’s League Luncheon

On Thursday, July 12, the League of Women Voters of Macon County will sponsor a program by Sharon Taylor and Dennis Desmond, Deputy and Stewardship Directors of LTLT (Land Trust for the Little Tennessee). LTLT is a Franklin based nonprofit conservation organization that was founded in 1997 and serves the six far western counties in North Carolina and northern Rabun […]

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Franklin hosts WNC’s biggest 4th celebration today

Lots of events and activities are on tap for Franklin’s Annual Independence Day Celebration. The event is billed as the largest July 4th Celebration in western North Carolina and will take place at the Macon County Veteran’s Memorial Park. The day gets started with the annual Parade and Celebration in downtown Franklin beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the parade at […]

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AAA: NC expected to see most July 4th travel since 2007

With gas prices down over 30 cents a gallon since Memorial Day, AAA Carolinas is expecting North Carolina to see the biggest number of July 4th travelers since 2007, and five percent more than last year. Other factors increasing travel are an improving economy and a mid-week fourth. The travel organization is predicting nearly 1.1 million people to drive or […]

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DaVita selected as dialysis provider for Macon

The last major step in the development of a dialysis center in Macon County was taken Friday as the state has chosen a provider to operate in Macon County. Macon County Commissioner Ronnie Beale, who has headed up the efforts of securing a dialysis center in the county said the state issued the Certificate of Need to DaVita, “This is […]

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Planner Al Slagle remembered for his efforts

The community is mourning the loss of a long-time member of the Macon County Planning Board. Al Slagle passed away on Thursday after a battle with cancer. County Commissioner Ronnie Beale says Slagle always worked hard for the county, “The preservation of these beautiful mountains was always Al’s concern. We appreciate all he has done for the citizens of this […]

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