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Visitor spending rises in Macon County

August 22, 2014
Visitor spending rises in Macon County

Tourism related spending in Macon County rose nearly 4 percent in 2013—this according to N.C. Division of Tourism, Film, and Sports Development. The report on economic impact of travel for the state’s counties shows that nearly $141 million tourism-related dollars were spent in Macon County last year. That’s up 3.8 percent from 2012. Tourism generated…

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N.C. begins drafting fracking rules

August 22, 2014

The first public hearing on draft rules that will regulate the fracking industry in North Carolina was held Wednesday, after lawmakers lifted the state moratorium on fracking earlier this year. The state’s Mining and Energy Commission is now charged with making sure the practice, which involves injecting toxic liquid into the ground to extract natural…

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Beale to lead influential statewide association

August 21, 2014
Beale to lead influential statewide association

Macon County Vice Chair Ronnie Beale was sworn in as the 98th President of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) on Saturday, Aug. 16, during the NCACC’s 107th Annual Conference, which was held in Buncombe County. As President, Beale will lead the NCACC Board of Directors on legislative and administrative issues affecting counties…

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State jobless rate ticked up in July

August 21, 2014

New information out from the state Department of Commerce shows a slight uptick in the jobless rate in North Carolina, but the overall employment picture looks much better than this time last year. The report indicates that the unemployment rose from 6.4 to 6.5 percent from June to July. The jobless rate remains well below…

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BBQ Festival and KCBS donates barbecue to CareNet

August 21, 2014
BBQ Festival and KCBS donates barbecue to CareNet

The 6th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show was another tastefully successful event this year, and nothing said it more than with the incredible dontations of time, money and resources by both the Kansas City Barbecue Society and all the cook teams that made a donation of over 300lbs of cooked pork butt…

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Lady Panther commits to Miss. State

August 21, 2014

A Franklin Lady Panther announces her plans to compete at the college level next year. Madison Cousineau, a senior at Franklin High and catcher for the Lady Panther softball team has committed to play at Mississippi State. Cousineau is coming off a stellar season for Franklin being named all-conference for the second time and batting…

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WNC Veterans outreach planned in Franklin Thursday

August 20, 2014

Low-income and homeless veterans in Macon and surrounding counties are invited to the Smoky Mountain Veteran Stand Down, Thursday, August 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Facilities building. Leigh Tabor with Macon County Veterans Services explains the unfortunate reality that some Veterans in western North Carolina are struggling. “It’s sort of…

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House fire victim identified; Cochran named suspect

August 20, 2014

According to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, the victim that died in the August 2 house fire in the Burningtown Community has been identified as 71-year-old Day Williamson, who was the homeowner. Details from the medical examiner reveal, however, that Williamson was killed before the fire as a result of strangulation. The Sheriff’s Office says…

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Cotton named principal at Union Academy

August 20, 2014

Union Academy will have a new principal to begin the upcoming school year. During Monday’s Board of Education meeting, the board voted to name Diane Cotton the new principal at Union Academy. Cotton, a long-time literacy specialist in the school district, will replace Randy Shepherd who resigned. Shepherd had served as principal at Union for…

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Dillard family aims to continue father’s legacy

August 20, 2014

The tragic news of Dillard House President John Peter Dillard’s passing on August 17 shook nearby Rabun County, Ga. residents earlier this week. The Dillard Family has released this statement: “John’s wife(Louise S. Dillard)and his two children, Natalie Dillard Cross and John Earl Dillard, will continue their best efforts to honor the legacy of John Dillard…

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  • August 22, 2014 5:30 pmAMERICAN LEGION BINGO
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  • August 28, 2014 6:00 pmFREE MEAL AT "THE SERVING SPOON"
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