N.C. flu deaths rise to 56

The flu season is peaking, and North Carolina health officials say 10 more people died during the last week of January from the illness. Nine of the victims just reported were said to be adults, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. “This has been another big year for influenza. The…

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Franklin must re-up its Appalachian Trail status

Franklin must re-up its Appalachian Trail status

Nearly five years ago, Franklin made history by becoming the first to be designated by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy as an official Trail Community—now in order to keep that status the town must file a new application. The issue of being re-certified as an Appalachian Trail Community was an issue brought up at the town’s…

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WNC man sentenced for ginseng poaching

WNC man sentenced for ginseng poaching

A western North Carolina man will spend some time in jail after admitting to the illegal possession or harvesting of American ginseng from the Nantahala National Forest. Charles R. Nash, of Whittier, was sentenced to 10 days in jail by U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis L. Howell. According to court documents, on October 12, 2013, Nash…

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Report: NC 4th graders struggle with reading

A new report out that reviewed reading scores of North Carolina children shows some concerning numbers. Laila Bell, Director of Research and Data at NC Child says the study looks at 4th grade benchmarks when examining reading skills. “In North Carolina, about 65 percent of all students are not reading on grade level by the…

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Macon jobless rate up in Dec., but lower than last year

Macon County’s jobless rate for December inched up slightly, but still remains lower than a year ago. New numbers out from the North Carolina Department of Commerce show that the unemployment rate changed from 7.2 to 7.3 percent in Macon County from November to December 2013. The rate remains nearly 4 percent lower than December…

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Maconians asked to share ideas for region’s economic future

A big economic development vision for the western mountains is underway and the project needs additional input from Maconians. A Regional Vision Workshop for the project, known as Opt-In, will be held Thursday, February 6, at Tartan Hall in Franklin from 6 to 8 p.m. Stacy Guffey, a coordinator on the Opt-In project, says this…

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