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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Fire torches shop on Echo Valley Road

A mechanic garage in Franklin was hit by fire Saturday night—and at this time—investigators are still trying to determine what might have sparked it. Firemen from Franklin Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the shop, owned by Southern Towing, at 144 Echo Valley Road, around 10:30 p.m. Justin Setser with Franklin Fire says crews discovered…

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Macon lands federal funds to protect endangered species

Macon County will receive a $142,500 grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to add additional protect to endangered species. The grant is part of $20 million in funds that are being distributed across 20 states. The money for Macon County is earmarked to help protect the habitat for the Spotfin Chub, Littlewing Pearlymussel,…

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Ten academic programs to be phased out at WCU

Ten academic programs to be phased out at WCU

Western Carolina University announced Thursday the school will move ahead with the phasing out of 10 academic programs. Chancellor David O. Belcher made the announcement saying they will follow the recommendations of the Academic Program Prioritization Task Force. Programs that will begin the process of phased discontinuation are a bachelor’s degree program in German; master’s…

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Franklin, Highlands to elect new mayors

Residents of Franklin and Highlands will elect a new mayor in their respective towns this November. The races for mayor and town positions have been finalized as the window to file for election closed on Friday. According to the Macon County Board of Elections, 10 candidates have filed for three seats on the board of…

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Realtors unhappy with NC tax reform plan

The major tax reform package announced by North Carolina lawmakers will mean lower personal income taxes for state residents, but Realtors say it may stifle home sales. The tax will could cap the deduction for mortgage interest and property taxes at $20,000. “Given the importance of the housing economy to our general economy, we’re worried…

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  • October 23, 2014 6:00 pmFREE MEAL AT "THE SERVING SPOON"
  • October 24, 2014 5:30 pmAMERICAN LEGION BINGO
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