Local residents vocal against Duke’s latest rate request

Local residents vocal against Duke’s latest rate request

The North Carolina Utilities Commission was in Franklin Tuesday night to hear comments from western North Carolina residents on Duke Energy’s latest filing for a 9.7 percent increase in power rates. Several residents spoke before the commission concerned about how another rate hike would affects residents, businesses, and schools. “This is not the time to…

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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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