Bishop resigns as Board of Elections Director

On April 29, 2014 the Macon County Board of Elections was advised by the NC State Board of Elections that Ms Kimberly Bishop had resigned as Director of the Macon County Board of Elections effective April 29, 2014. The Macon County Board of Elections is preparing a County Director nomination to the State Board of…

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Cowee wildfire scorches more than 100 acres

A wildfire burns nearly 120 acres in Macon County Saturday afternoon. Crews from Cowee Fire Department and the North Carolina Forest Service began battling the fire, which started near Mica City Road, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Several Macon County fire departments were called in to battle the blaze that burned privately owned land in the…

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Macon jobless rate betters in March

The latest information out from the North Carolina Department of Commerce indicates the jobless rate fell by half a percent in Macon County from February to March. The March unemployment rate, at 7.5 percent, is three percent lower than it was in March 2013 when it was 10.5. Jobless rates also dropped in surrounding counties…

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FHS golfers fare well at conference

The Franklin High School Golf Team earned third place overall out of the eight-team conference at the recent Western North Carolina Athletic Conference Tourney. Franklin, as a team, placed first in the 2-A division. Additionally, three Panther golfers made all-conference, which are the top ten players out of 44 golfers in the entire conference tourney.…

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Substantial rainfall increasing risks for flooding, landslides

A flash flood watch remains in effect for Macon and surrounding counties through Wednesday evening as another round of potentially severe weather is heading to the mountains. According to the National Weather Service, the thunderstorms could produce torrential rainfall at times in western North Carolina and northeast Georgia. Forecasters say the system could drop up…

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Brush fire spreads to Franklin home Sunday

On Sunday, Clarks Chapel Fire and Rescue battled a structure fire at 116 Allendale Hills Road, off of John Teague Road. The fire was reported at approximately 4:50 p.m. according to Clarks Chapel Fire Chief Matt Mason, “After we got the fire knocked down, I talked with the owner and she stated she had been…

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