Low humidity, winds trigger several brush fires

Brush fires Thursday and Friday had Volunteer Fire Departments in Macon County on the go. Fire officials say the gusty conditions combined with low humidity to create ideal conditions for wildfires. On Thursday evening, three brush fires were reported on River Road, Wayah Road, and Bailey Road. No major damage was reported at the scenes,…

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Mayor concerned over new ABC possibilites

While recent financial news for the Franklin Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) was good, some ideas being considered by the state are drawing concerns from the town. At the Franklin town board meeting held Monday, Franklin ABC Manager Todd Mason informed aldermen that the ABC store noticed a 3 percent increase in sales despite a slowly…

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Committee begins reviewing schools’ capital needs

In preparation for the upcoming county and school systems’ budget process, the facilities review committee met Monday to discuss the facilities needs of Macon County Schools. The committee consists of representatives from the Macon County Board of County Commissioners and School Board, including County Commissioners Gary Shields and Ronnie Beale, liaisons to the school board,…

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Duke asks customers to conserve energy during peak times

Keeping warm in spells of extreme cold can put the freeze on ones finances. Duke Energy spokesperson Meghan Musgrave says electric heating (as well as cooling) can account for as much as half of an energy bill, so controlling the home’s thermostat is one of the best ways to manage energy usage and cost. “Another…

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Macon Co. Extension accepting Master Gardener Applications

North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Macon County is taking applications for participation in the 2015 Master Gardener Program. The Master Gardener Program is a short course in horticulture provided each year by North Carolina Cooperative Extension to help home gardeners gain a better understanding of gardening and plants. Master Gardeners receive 42 hours of training…

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School delayed Jan. 8 due to extreme cold

Macon County and Jackson County Schools will operate on a Two Hour Delay Thursday, January 8th because of the below Zero Wind Chills and Single Digit Air Temperatures. Nantahala School will now be CLOSED for Thursday, January 8, 2015. This will be an optional teacher workday for Nantahala School.

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Community Calendar

  • October 6, 2015 3:30 pmCOWEE FARMERS MARKET
  • October 10, 2015 10:00 amAL-ANON MEETING
  • October 10, 2015 12:00 pmFREE COMMUNITY LUNCH
  • October 11, 2015 11:00 amOTTO FIRE DEPARTMENT BBQ FUNDRAISER
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