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Homeless ministry to host forum in Franklin

July 31, 2015

Ideas, suggestions, comments, solutions and prayers are being sought by a local organization hoping to find an answer to the reality of homelessness in Macon County. Macon New Beginnings, a local homeless outreach ministry, is planning a community-wide symposium on Tuesday August 18 at 5 p.m. at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building. The group…

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Town board to meet August 3

July 31, 2015

The town of Franklin Board of Aldermen will hold its next regular meeting Monday, August 3, at 7 p.m. at town hall. At 7:05, the board will hold a public hearing on the annexation petition for 44 Lowery Lane. The property owner is seeking town annexation in order to construct a convenience store. Other items…

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Panthers to host Midnight practice

July 31, 2015

The first official practice of the 2015 high school football season begins Saturday, and the Franklin Panthers will get a quick start on things. The Panthers will host a Midnight practice tonight at the Panther Pit and the community is invited to come get an early look at the 2015 Panther squad. In preparation for…

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School voucher program upheld

July 31, 2015

Public money can continue to be used for vouchers to pay for private schools, the North Carolina Supreme Court last week. The program was challenged by public-school advocates who argued it was unconstitutional and removes needed resources from public schools. Yevonne Brannon, who chairs Public Schools First North Carolina, said she is disheartened by the…

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Wednesday’s power outage affected more than 16,000 Duke customres

July 30, 2015

A widespread power outage hit Macon County Wednesday evening leaving more than 66 percent of Duke Energy customers in the county without electricity. Meghan Musgraves, Duke Energy spokesperson, explains an accident on the west side of the Macon County School Central Office triggered the outage. ÔÇťAbout 8:40 p.m. a driver had ran into some of…

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No big changes to Macon’s unemployment rate in June

July 30, 2015

The jobless rate ticked up again last month in Macon County, this according to new information released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. According to that report, the unemployment rate rose in Macon County from 6.2 to 6.3 percent from May to June. That translates to 979 Maconians who sought employment in June out…

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Meadows introduces act that would benefit Macon Co. Schools

July 30, 2015

Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced the bipartisan PILT and SRS Certainty Act along with Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) on Tuesday, which would reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools Program (SRS) for five years and extend and provide funding for Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for five years at an annual level of $450 million. Federal…

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Task Force continues fight against drug abuse

July 30, 2015

At the July 28 meeting of the Macon County Board of Health, Jennifer Garrett with Macon Public Health updated the board on efforts by the Substance Abuse Task Force. The task force consists of mental health professionals, law enforcement, and school and health officials, was formed in 2002 as a way to educate the community…

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Truck driver cited in six-car crash; victim remains in critical condition

July 29, 2015

The driver of the tractor-trailer that triggered a six-car pileup on Monday morning in Franklin has been charged with failure to reduce speed. According to the Franklin Police Department, the driver has been identified as 40-year-old Anthony Stewart, of Madison, NC. Stewart was driving a truck owned by Pennsylvania-based Barber Trucking. The investigation is ongoing.…

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Highlands mayor urges broadband expansion at joint meeting

July 29, 2015

Representatives of Macon County and the towns of Franklin and Highlands came together Thursday July 24 for a joint meeting to discuss issues in respective communities. Highlands Mayor Patrick Taylor updated local officials on several ongoing projects that are being completed in the town of Highlands. Among those projects are Lake Sequoyah Dam renovations, the…

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