Nantahala Lake access negotiations continue

Will residents of the Nantahala community soon have a safe place to access Nantahala Lake for swimming? Comments made at the May 20 county commission meeting seem to point that way. Commissioner Paul Higdon, who represents the Nantahala community, provided an update on the talks. He says negotiations on a designated swimming area on the…

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Senate proposal would remove classroom size cap

North Carolina’s public school children could return in August to very different classrooms if the Senate’s version of the budget is signed into law. The proposal passed the Senate Thursday and now moves to the House. It reduces the number of teacher assistants and pre-k slots, and it removes the cap on K through second…

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Franklin man charged with animal cruetly

A 28-year-old Franklin man was taken into custody May 21 charged with 18 total crimes against animals. According to a report filed by Sheriff’s Deputies, Jonathan Mark Zimmerman, of Hatfield Road in Franklin, was charged with 11 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals and 7 misdemeanor counts of disposing of domesticated animals. Zimmerman was booked…

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County considers Zachary Park expansion in Highlands

County considers Zachary Park expansion in Highlands

After a split vote Monday night, the county commission approved what could be the beginning of recreation expansion in the Highlands area. The county, which owns 1.7 acres near the Zachary Park on Buck Creek, plans to conduct a land swap with a private property owner for 1.7 acres adjacent to the park. Plans, presented…

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State plans to slash Wildlife budget

State plans to slash Wildlife budget

The budget proposed by the state Senate prompted an emergency meeting of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission this week. The agency faces more than $9 million in state funding cuts, which amounts to 49 percent of its current budget. The commission’s executive director, Gordon Meyers, said he already has placed 120 projects on hold…

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Series on Community and Environmental Change in Macon County starts Saturday

Those concerned about possible impacts of residential development, climate change, and environmental issues throughout Macon County’s communities and landscapes are invited to an upcoming series at the Rickman Store in Cowee. The discussion and action series begins this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will focus on changes in our local environment and…

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