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Town wants to improve stream area at Memorial Park

April 18, 2014
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Erosion and storm water runoff are among the problems creeping to the Crawford Branch that runs through Franklin’s Memorial Park. Town officials are hoping that some grant funds will help them complete a much-needed restoration project to the stream area in the park. At the April meeting of the town board, town manager Warren Cabe…

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Arrest Report

April 18, 2014
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Arrest Report

A Franklin man was due in court Thursday on a charge of felony assault. According to a report filed by Franklin Police, the suspect, 37-year-old Margartio Morales Martinez, of Carolina Mountain Drive, was arrested April 12 and charged with a count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He was also charged with…

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Forest visitors urged to be safe near bears this spring

April 18, 2014
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Forest visitors urged to be safe near bears this spring

It’s estimated some 5,000 bears live in the mountains of western North Carolina. State Wildlife Commission officials say they’ve already received a number of bear-related complaints this spring in western North Carolina as bears become active searching for food. The wildlife commission says  bears are not usually aggressive toward people. Spring has arrived, and with…

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NC AG: Tips to avoid home break-ins while on vacation

April 18, 2014
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Planning to travel over Easter weekend, or looking forward to a trip later this summer? Before you leave, take some simple steps to keep your home and belongings safe while you’re away. According to the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, burglars are always on the lookout for empty houses. Protect yourself by NOT sharing your…

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Quick response saves Clarks Chapel home from fire

April 17, 2014
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Quick response saves Clarks Chapel home from fire

A quick response from a local fire department saves a home in the Clarks Chapel community on Wednesday. Crews from Clarks Chapel Fire and Rescue were called to the fire at 1307 Clarks Chapel Road at approximately 11:00 a.m. after a neighbor reported seeing smoke coming from the home. Fire Chief Matt Mason says the…

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County sets public hearing for schedule of values

April 17, 2014
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Macon County citizens can express comments and concerns on the proposed schedule of values, which will be used to conduct the 2015 round of property revaluations, at an upcoming public hearing. The 240-page schedule of values is the guidebook that the new property values will be based on according to county tax administrator Richard Lightner,…

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Cooperative Extension: Assessing the cold damage

April 17, 2014
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A cold front settling into the mountains this week has posed challenges to local growers and residents who have begun their springtime planting. The sub-freezing temperatures can be harsh on some plants depending on plant hardiness, degree of dormancy, growth stage, and soil moisture. Alan Durden, Cooperative Extension Director, says temperatures at 29 degrees or…

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Local mental health groups obtain grant funding

April 17, 2014
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The Evergreen Foundation board of directors, at their March meeting, voted to provide $392,917 in funding to support nine agencies that provide programs and services for individuals with Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Disabilities in Macon and surrounding counties. Organizations included in this round of grant funding include: Barium Springs: $65,000 to provide a…

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Reserve your spot for Macon County BizWeek 2014

April 16, 2014
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Space is filling quickly for the events planned by the Macon County Economic Development Commission for the upcoming BizWeek 2014. BizWeek, to be held April 21 to 24, is a celebration of business, industry and entrepreneurship in Macon County. “All events for BizWeek 2014 are free of charge,” said Tommy Jenkins, Director of the Macon…

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Employment office could move to courthouse annex

April 16, 2014
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North Carolina employment services have been on the receiving end of state budget cuts and this has left the Franklin office of the Employment Security Commission seeking a new place to provide services. Now it appears the unemployment office may be getting a new location. At the April county commission meeting, County Manager Derek Roland…

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