NC gas tax will increase slightly Jan. 1

Macon County drivers are enjoying lower gas prices this Christmas season, but there will be a slight uptick beginning in the New Year as the gas tax will increase. According to the NC Department of Revenue, the state motor fuels tax will go up one cent to 37.5 cents per gallon on January 1, 2015.…

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Franklin PD warns of power bill scam

According to Franklin Police, a scammer is targeting Macon County residents in an attempt to con people out of their money. Franklin Police David Adams said Monday that at least five residents had received phone calls from a man named Daniel who has a Jamaican accent. The man claims to represent Duke Energy and tells…

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Fire damages Knight’s Inn

Fire officials are trying to determine what started a fire Sunday afternoon that left a local lodging facility with moderate damage. Franklin Fire and Rescue was dispatched to the fire at Knight’s Inn at 1320 East Main Street at approximately 12 p.m. Sunday. The fire department says the fire was contained to the laundry room…

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Macon DSS to begin taking next round of heating assitance applications

Macon County DSS will accept applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program known as LIHEAP, beginning Friday, January 2, 2015 for individuals and families with the lowest income.  All eligibility requirements must be met which includes income & asset guidelines. LIHEAP provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help households that are eligible…

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Butterflies teach local students about caring for land

A group of students in Macon County are learning about land conservation thanks to a tiny winged species. For the past five years, fifth- and sixth-graders in Macon County have collected data on butterflies at the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee’s Tessentee Bottomland Preserve. The children recently completed this year’s study and Jason Love…

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Macon school board to hold first post-election meeting

The Macon County Board of Education will hold its December meeting this evening at Nantahala School beginning at 6 p.m. This will be the board’s first regular meeting since the election which brought former coach and teacher Fred Goldsmith to the school board. Goldsmith says he’s looking forward to some new challenges and helping on…

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