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Macon Commissioners oppose Sunday hunting bill 4-1

April 27, 2015

A bill introduced in the State House this session would make hunting on Sundays with a firearm legal in North Carolina. The legislation known as the Outdoor Heritage Act would permit Sunday hunting only on private lands; currently bow hunting is allowed on Sunday. The measure is drawing opposition from many concerned about safety and…

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MSCO assists Jackson County in reported shooting

April 27, 2015

The Macon County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team helped officers in Jackson County Friday afternoon after a reported shooting startled the Caney Fork Community. According to a statement from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, a Jackson County deputy arrived on scene to find an individual with an apparent gunshot wound in front of the residence. The…

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Franklin man charged with exploiting minor

April 27, 2015
Franklin man charged with exploiting minor

A 17-year-old Franklin man is facing charges involving the exploitation of a minor female in Cherokee County. According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect, Bayshen Emmanuel Chavis, was arrested April 21 after an investigation that began earlier this year. In February of 2015, a complaint was made to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office…

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Macon Co. Schools graduation schedule

April 27, 2015

Macon County Schools has announced the upcoming graduation schedule for seniors at each of the county’s five high school locations. The Franklin High School Graduation will be Tuesday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Western Carolina University Ramsey Center. Highlands School Graduation will be Saturday, June 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the new gym.…

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WCU fraternity suspended after alleged hazing

April 24, 2015

Western Carolina University has suspended for a period of five years recognition of the Zeta Xi chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity following violations of the university’s Code of Student Conduct. Notice of the suspension was communicated by Kevin Koett, dean of students at WCU, to the chapter president, to its adviser and to national…

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Nantahala Ranger District announces openings of recreation sites

April 24, 2015
Nantahala Ranger District announces openings of recreation sites

The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina announced that most campgrounds and recreation sites in the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests are now open for business for the 2015 season. Open now Campgrounds Nantahala National Forest Cable Cove (Cheoah District) Cheoah Point (Cheoah District) Horse Cove (Cheoah District) Rattler Ford Group Camp (Cheoah…

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Study reveals Great Smoky Mountains’ economic impact on surrounding areas

April 24, 2015
Study reveals Great Smoky Mountains’ economic impact on surrounding areas

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 10,099,276 visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2014 spent $806,719,900 in communities near the park. That spending supported 12,759 jobs in the local area. The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service economists. The report shows…

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Local man charged with statutory rape

April 23, 2015
Local man charged with statutory rape

Macon County Sheriff’s Deputies arrest a man listing a Franklin address on a rape charge. According to an arrest report, the suspect, 19-year-old Carlos Edward Perez-Barco, of Sprinkle Road, was detained on April 16 and charged with a felony count of statutory rape. Perez-Barco was booked into the Detention Center on a $75,000 secured bond…

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Freeze Warning tonight

April 23, 2015

Cold air is settling into western North Carolina, which combined with clear skies and diminishing winds, means the potential for freezing temperatures overnight tonight. The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Macon and surrounding counties effective at midnight through 9 a.m. Friday morning. The possible sub-freezing temperatures could kill crops or other…

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Parker Meadows still on target for summer opening

April 23, 2015
Parker Meadows still on target for summer opening

Despite dealing with the constant rainy weather, contractors have continued to work on the Parker Meadows Recreation Complex doing all they can to keep the project on target for its projected opening date of late July to early August with tournament play scheduled to begin in September 2015. According to the report submitted to the…

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  • April 30, 2015 6:00 pmFREE MEAL AT "THE SERVING SPOON"
  • May 1, 2015 5:30 pmAMERICAN LEGION BINGO
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