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Franklin prepares for largest Independence Day celebration in the mountains

July 3, 2015
Franklin prepares for largest Independence Day celebration in the mountains

Get ready for a spectacular 4th of July as the Franklin Chamber of Commerce finalizes plans for the largest annual Independence Day celebration in Western North Carolina.  The 4th of July Fireworks & Fun Day will be held at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Recreation Park just south of Franklin off U.S. 441 on Saturday,…

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Record number of North Carolinians to travel this 4th of July, AAA says

July 3, 2015

AAA Carolinas projects a record 1,183,000 million North Carolinians will travel 50 miles or more from home this Independence Day holiday, which will mark the highest number of travelers based on surveys since 2001. Most will be driving to their destinations, with nearly 1,065,000 million North Carolinians expected to hit the road. “This holiday weekend…

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Hazelcreek Backcountry area reopens after bear attack

July 3, 2015

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are reopening trails and backcountry campsites in the Hazel Creek area effective Thursday, July 2. The area has been closed since June 6 following the recent bear attack. Park rangers and wildlife biologists have been monitoring the area daily using traps and cameras. Biologists recently detected bear activity at…

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Macon schools announce driver’s ed fees after state drops funding

July 2, 2015
Macon schools announce driver’s ed fees after state drops funding

Macon County Schools must pick up the tab for driver’s education after the state announced its continuing budget would drop funding for the program Tuesday. Using both available funds and fees, the Macon County Schools will begin to fund Driver’s Education. Beginning July 1, 2015, the charge for Driver’s Education in Macon County will be…

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File for Franklin, Highlands elections beginning Monday

July 2, 2015

Filing for the 2015 municipal elections in Franklin and Highlands will officially begin Monday, July 6 at 8:00 a.m. Seats on the Franklin town board that are open for filing are the Franklin Mayor, and three Town Aldermen seats. The filing fee for mayor is $72 and it is $32 to file for alderman. In…

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Macon jobless rate up in May

July 2, 2015

Employment officials are reporting a small increase in the jobless rate for Macon County from April to May. The North Carolina Department of Commerce said Wednesday that the unemployment rate in Macon was up from 6.1 to 6.4 percent over the month. The May 2015 rate is equal to the rate in May 2014. During…

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Supporters rally for teacher assistants

July 2, 2015

Thousands of teacher assistant jobs statewide are on the line as the Senate’s budget essentially cuts 8,500 assistant positions. Michelle Bailey was selected as the 2014-2015 Teacher Assistant of the Year by the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants. During a press conference Tuesday she said teacher assistants help tutor students and keep stability in…

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More details released on officer-involved shooting

July 1, 2015
More details released on officer-involved shooting

Franklin Police Chief David Adams released details of an officer involved shooting Tuesday night in which a man identified as 52-year-old Clay Alan Lickteig, of Hayesville, was shot by Franklin Police Officers. Lickteig reportedly shot first at the two officers serving a felony probation warrant on him at approximately 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of…

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Kimsey remembered for a career of helping others

July 1, 2015
Kimsey remembered for a career of helping others

A new Macon County Department of Social Services Director transitions into place this week, after the community bids farewell to long-time director Jane Kimsey. Kimsey was honored Friday afternoon at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building by county officials, colleagues, and members of the community. Kimsey has served at Macon County DSS for more than…

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Man killed after shooting at officers

July 1, 2015

A man was shot and killed Tuesday night as Franklin Police Officers were attempting to serve a felony probation warrant at a Franklin residence. Franklin Police Chief David Adams said that officers were confronted by the man who fired at the officers.  The officers returned fire. The incident happened at 9:33 PM at a residence…

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