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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Southwestern Community College excels in statewide performance report

Southwestern Community College excels in statewide performance report

In a report released earlier this month, Southwestern Community College was one of three institutions statewide to exceed the North Carolina Community College System’s (NCCCS’s) mean in seven or more of the eight measures used to gauge annual performance. In the system office’s “Performance Measures for Student Success,” SCC exceeded two of the system’s goals:…

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Franklin prepares for Appalachian heritage celebration

Franklin prepares for Appalachian heritage celebration

This Saturday, downtown Franklin will be the center of Appalachian heritage with the 10th annual Franklin Folk Festival. The popular event allows visitors and residents alike to experience what mountain life was way back when, “We give them an opportunity to step back in time and watch people, in some instances, have hands-on participation and…

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Candidates for Franklin town board up to 9

Interest in local government appears to be on the rise as nine have now filed for the three seats on the Franklin Board of Aldermen. The number of candidates is much higher than two years ago—when incumbents virtually ran unopposed. As of Thursday, the Board of Elections indicated the candidate list includes Marshal Henson, Barbara…

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LWV features program on journalism

LWV features program on journalism

Two veteran newspaper journalists were the featured guest speakers at this month’s meeting of the League of Women Voters held at the First Presbyterian Church’s Tartan Hall. Topics presented included threats to freedom of the press and the history of press freedom in the United States. Rachel Hoskins, regional publisher for the Franklin Region of…

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  • October 31, 2014 5:30 pmAMERICAN LEGION BINGO
  • November 6, 2014 6:00 pmFREE MEAL AT "THE SERVING SPOON"
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  • November 13, 2014 6:00 pmFREE MEAL AT "THE SERVING SPOON"
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