Town adds new residential uses to commercial zones

Franklin’s commercially-zoned districts will now be more open to residential development after the town approves some new permitted uses. At the March 3 meeting, aldermen unanimously adopted changes to town’s Unified Development Ordinance that adds additional permitted uses in C2 zones as well as C1SU and C2SU zones, which require a special use permit. The…

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Hatchery-supported trout waters closed for restocking

Hatchery-supported trout waters closed for restocking

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has closed about 1,000 miles of Hatchery Supported Trout Waters to allow Commission personnel to stock the waters in preparation for opening day, which is April 5. This year, the Wildlife Commission will stock approximately 907,000 trout — 96 percent of which average 10 inches in length, with the other…

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Report: Child poverty in Macon has increased since 2007

A new report that studied the health and safety on children in each North Carolina county shows that child poverty increased in Macon County from 2007 to 2012. Macon County, however, wasn’t the only county to see a spike in child poverty. The report determined it has increased in all 18 westernmost North Carolina counties.…

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Forest Service begins large burn near Wayah Bald

Forest Service begins large burn near Wayah Bald

The U.S. Forest Service will begin a series of prescribed burns in the Nantahala Ranger District today with a burn of 450 acres on the Wayah Bald area. As a result the Dirty John Shooting Range will be closed today. The burn will be one of several planned by the Forest Service in sections of…

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Scottish Tartans Museum: Tough times may force us to leave

Scottish Tartans Museum: Tough times may force us to leave

The future of Franklin’s Scottish Tartans Museum is uncertain as operators say tough financial times are making it difficult to keep operations going. At Monday’s meeting of the Franklin Board of Aldermen, Chuck Coburn, operator of The Scottish Tartans Museum on Main Street, explained visits and sales at the museum have been declining for the…

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Macon County Schools announce kindergarten orientation

Kindergarten orientation events are for parents and children to attend. Any child who will be 5 on or before August 31, 2014 is eligible to enroll. Orientations will be held at the following schools in the coming weeks: Nantahala: March 31 at 5 p.m. Cartoogechaye: April 4 at 9 a.m. Iotla: April 10 at 9…

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  • October 23, 2014 6:00 pmFREE MEAL AT "THE SERVING SPOON"
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