Town board to meet August 3

The town of Franklin Board of Aldermen will hold its next regular meeting Monday, August 3, at 7 p.m. at town hall. At 7:05, the board will hold a public hearing on the annexation petition for 44 Lowery Lane. The property owner is seeking town annexation in order to construct a convenience store. Other items…

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Panthers to host Midnight practice

The first official practice of the 2015 high school football season begins Saturday, and the Franklin Panthers will get a quick start on things. The Panthers will host a Midnight practice tonight at the Panther Pit and the community is invited to come get an early look at the 2015 Panther squad. In preparation for…

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School voucher program upheld

Public money can continue to be used for vouchers to pay for private schools, the North Carolina Supreme Court last week. The program was challenged by public-school advocates who argued it was unconstitutional and removes needed resources from public schools. Yevonne Brannon, who chairs Public Schools First North Carolina, said she is disheartened by the…

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Wednesday’s power outage affected more than 16,000 Duke customres

A widespread power outage hit Macon County Wednesday evening leaving more than 66 percent of Duke Energy customers in the county without electricity. Meghan Musgraves, Duke Energy spokesperson, explains an accident on the west side of the Macon County School Central Office triggered the outage. ÔÇťAbout 8:40 p.m. a driver had ran into some of…

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No big changes to Macon’s unemployment rate in June

The jobless rate ticked up again last month in Macon County, this according to new information released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. According to that report, the unemployment rate rose in Macon County from 6.2 to 6.3 percent from May to June. That translates to 979 Maconians who sought employment in June out…

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Meadows introduces act that would benefit Macon Co. Schools

Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced the bipartisan PILT and SRS Certainty Act along with Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) on Tuesday, which would reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools Program (SRS) for five years and extend and provide funding for Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for five years at an annual level of $450 million. Federal…

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