Former Maconian killed in Florida home fire

Former Maconian killed in Florida home fire

Fire officials say a former Macon County resident was killed in a mobile home fire in St. Cloud, Florida on Saturday morning. Investigators suspect the fire was started by an electrical problem. The Orlando Sentinel reports Sallie Ann Mason, age 57, became trapped in the home in the early hours of Saturday morning. Neighbors reported…

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Man charged with arson after dispute

A weekend domestic dispute in Franklin ends with the arrest of a local man and a near house fire. Roger Dale Smith, age 41, of Franklin was arrested Sunday and charged with first degree arson. According to Detective Don Willis of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Smith had been involved in an argument at a…

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Franklin attorney arrested for violating protective order

A local attorney currently on probation has been arrested again. William Robert Shilling, a Department of Social Services lawyer, was arrested July 22 charged with a misdemeanor count of violating a domestic violence protective order. According to an arrest warrant, the 51-year-old Shilling is accused of pulling up next to his estranged wife at the…

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NC gains 5700 jobs in June

The unemployment rate in North Carolina did not change last month—this according to figures just released from the state commerce department. The jobless rate remained at 8.8 percent, but Larry Parker with the Department of Commerce says, employment officials remain optimistic. “You want to look at where we’ve been over the last year. We have…

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Panthers picked to win conference

In a little more than a month, the 2013 North Carolina high school football season kicks off, and mountain coaches are picking Franklin to win the conference. One reason the Panthers are favorites is the team will bring back 10 starters on offense including stand-out back Marquel Manning. Manning has also been named the Western…

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Franklin’s Folk Fest keeps heritage alive

Franklin’s Folk Fest keeps heritage alive

Some afternoon rain didn’t dampen the spirits of festival-goers and exhibitors at the 10th annual Franklin Folk Festival held Saturday. This year the event, showcasing the story of Macon County and its heritage during the turn of the century, was co-sponsored by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County and the Franklin Main Street Program.…

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