WNC Veterans outreach planned in Franklin Thursday

Low-income and homeless veterans in Macon and surrounding counties are invited to the Smoky Mountain Veteran Stand Down, Thursday, August 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Facilities building. Leigh Tabor with Macon County Veterans Services explains the unfortunate reality that some Veterans in western North Carolina are struggling. “It’s sort of…

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House fire victim identified; Cochran named suspect

According to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, the victim that died in the August 2 house fire in the Burningtown Community has been identified as 71-year-old Day Williamson, who was the homeowner. Details from the medical examiner reveal, however, that Williamson was killed before the fire as a result of strangulation. The Sheriff’s Office says…

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Cotton named principal at Union Academy

Union Academy will have a new principal to begin the upcoming school year. During Monday’s Board of Education meeting, the board voted to name Diane Cotton the new principal at Union Academy. Cotton, a long-time literacy specialist in the school district, will replace Randy Shepherd who resigned. Shepherd had served as principal at Union for…

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Dillard family aims to continue father’s legacy

The tragic news of Dillard House President John Peter Dillard’s passing on August 17 shook nearby Rabun County, Ga. residents earlier this week. The Dillard Family has released this statement: “John’s wife(Louise S. Dillard)and his two children, Natalie Dillard Cross and John Earl Dillard, will continue their best efforts to honor the legacy of John Dillard…

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Tenth ‘Lighten Up for Life’ kicks off soon

The 10th kick-off for Lighten Up 4 Life for our community sponsored by Angel Medical Center will be on Monday, August 25, at 4:00 pm in the hospital dining room.  The LU4L program is a free weight loss challenge that is entirely web based. The program is based on 4-person teams who compete with others…

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Residents take fracking concerns to county

Hyrdo-fracking has been a hot-button issue as of late, and with talks of preliminary rock testing scheduled to occur in Macon County, the public comment session held at the August 12 county commission meeting drew a room full of concerned citizens. Local residents both opposed and in support of fracking, voiced their comments and concerns…

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