Beale recognized for mental health advocacy

Beale recognized for mental health advocacy

A local leader gets recognized for rolling up his sleeves and working to help those facing mental illness in the mountains. Macon County Commissioner Ronnie Beale received the NAMI North Carolina State award, the John Baggett Award. Beale was honored at the October meeting of the Macon County Board of County Commissioners by Ann Nandrea,…

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NC’s black bear population booming

NC’s black bear population booming

Tales of black bears walking residential and city streets are becoming more common in parts of North Carolina. What’s to blame? It’s nuts or acorns, to be specific. A favorite food of the bears, there aren’t many to be had this year in the higher elevations of western North Carolina, which forces bears to look…

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Food stamp benefits to decrease Nov. 1

North Carolina residents receiving SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps, from the federal government will see a decrease in their allocations effective November 1. Federal stimulus funds temporarily boosted the benefits in 2009—increasing the average monthly amount for a family of four to $668. Next month, that will drop by 5 percent to about…

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Track fall colors online

Fall colors are emerging in the mountains, and an online tool can help you track down some of the best color displays. State Park rangers across North Carolina are collecting information about the seasonal change and you can access it online at visitnc.com. You’ll find fall foliage reports from the mountains to the piedmont—updated on…

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Smoky Mt. center to get $15,000 from TDA

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts has proven to be big draw for the Franklin area, and now the center is getting some help from the Tourism Development Authority. On Monday, the TDA approved funding to aid the center’s advertising budget The center will receive $15,000 total; most likely to be distributed in…

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Safety improvement plan at Cat Creek Rd. announced by NCDOT

Several crashes, including a fatal wreck, have prompted the N.C. DOT to begin safety improvements at the intersection of Cat Creek Road and U.S. 23-441. Local residents shared their comments and concerns on what the DOT wants to do at a public meeting held Thursday in Franklin. The DOT is proposing a directional crossover at…

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  • September 18, 2014 6:00 pmFREE MEAL AT "THE SERVING SPOON"
  • September 19, 2014 5:30 pmAMERICAN LEGION BINGO
  • September 20, 2014 7:00 amPANCAKE BREAKFAST FUND RAISER
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