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More N.C. magistrates opting out of same-sex marriages

September 4, 2015

The number of North Carolina magistrates recusing themselves from performing civil marriages under a new law has more than doubled in recent weeks. The state court system says it’s received 32 notices from magistrates since the law took effect June 11. That’s up from 14 in early July and represents nearly 5 percent of the…

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Ingles confirmed buyer of Holly Springs Plaza

September 4, 2015

In July the old Walmart property went to the auction block, and it has now been confirmed that Ingles Markets, Inc. has purchased the building along with the rest of the Holly Springs Plaza. Ingles purchased the shopping center in an online auction for $3.7 million, however, company representatives aren’t discussing future plans for the…

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Emergency officials Maconians to be prepared

September 4, 2015

Emergency officials in Macon County and across North Carolina are urging residents to plan for unexpected disasters as part of National Preparedness Month in September. Macon County Emergency Manager Warren Cabe says, “Natural and man-made emergencies are unpredictable, but residents can take steps now to plan how they will respond when disasters strike. Take time…

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NCDOT halts road construction for Labor Day Weekend

September 4, 2015
NCDOT halts road construction for Labor Day Weekend

As families travel to enjoy the final holiday weekend of summer, the N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend most road construction activities on major routes across the state to help make their trips a little smoother. By avoiding traffic delays, motorists can reach their destinations safely and efficiently, while cutting down on fuel consumption and…

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Catamounts open season Saturday

September 4, 2015
Catamounts open season Saturday

Coming off one of their most successful seasons in recent history, the Western Carolina University Football is about set to kick off the 2015 season. The Catamounts, which finished 7-5 last year, will open the season Saturday in Cullowhee against Mars Hill. WCU Head Coach Mark Speir says they’ve had a productive offseason and are…

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Macon County wins state award for extension partnership

September 3, 2015
Macon County wins state award for extension partnership

Macon County was recently recognized at the state level for its involvement with the local North Carolina Cooperative Extension Office. Representatives of the Macon County Commission and the County Manager received the annual County Partnership Award at the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners meeting held in Greenville. Cooperative Extension Offices based in each county…

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RiverFest a success

September 3, 2015
RiverFest a success

On Saturday, you may have noticed some strange-looking watercraft floating along the Little Tennessee near Franklin—but don’t be alarmed—it was all part of an exciting fundraiser for a local charity. The Franklin Daybreak Rotary Club hosted its second annual RiverFest on Saturday, which featured a 5K, Ducky Derby, Raft Regatta, and more. John Hamlin with…

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LTLT announces Little Tennessee cleanup

September 3, 2015

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) is hosting a Little Tennessee River BigSweep on Saturday, September 12 from 10:00-1:00 p.m. Volunteers are asked to meet in the lower parking area at Big Bear Park in Franklin, wearing clothes and shoes suitable for picking up trash in the river. Canoes and boats would be…

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Macon jobless rate unchanged in July

September 2, 2015

Macon County’s unemployment rate remained the same from June to July, this according to new figures released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. The report showed that the jobless rate in Macon County held at 6.3 percent from June to July, but remains slightly below the July 2014 rate of 6.5 percent. During July,…

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Read2ME offers local parents resources to improve children’s literacy

September 2, 2015
Read2ME offers local parents resources to improve children’s literacy

A local nonprofit is offering a program that will provide children in the Franklin area ages 0-5 with a free book each month for an entire year. The initiative to boost literacy is being undertaken by Macon County-based Read 2 Me, which is partnering with the Highlands Literacy Council and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.…

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Macon County Weather

Community Calendar

  • September 5, 2015 8:00 amMACON COUNTY SR. GAMES FLEA MARKET
  • September 5, 2015 10:00 amAL-ANON MEETING
  • September 8, 2015 10:00 amRED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
  • September 8, 2015 3:30 pmCOWEE FARMERS MARKET
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