Heavy rains spur road closures and safety risks in National Forests

Last week’s heavy rains have forced the U.S. Forest Service to close several roads in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests to protect public safety. The roads are either damaged or impassable, or both. One road is closed in the Nantahala National Forest: • Tusquitee Ranger District: The road to the Panther Top Shooting Range…

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Aldermen discuss future of town’s water system

Aldermen discuss future of town’s water system

In less than 10 years, demand for water in the town of Franklin will meet and likely exceed current capacity—this according to findings from infrastructure consulting group W.K. Dickson. Brian Tripp, a representative of the firm, presented results of the six to nine month study of the town’s water system to aldermen on July 1.…

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Public hearings on tower, subdivision ordinance tonight at county meeting

The Macon County Board of Commissioners will hold its July meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at the Macon County Courthouse. Two public hearings are schedule for this evening’s meeting. The first concerning proposed amendments to the county’s subdivision ordinance. The second hearing is for a proposed telecommunications tower. According to the agenda, Pegasus tower is…

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Filing for municipal elections underway

Filing for the 2013 Franklin and Highlands elections opened on Friday and the only three to file so far will seek the office of Mayor. According to the Board of Elections, current town board members Bob Scott and Sissy Pattillio have filed to run for Franklin mayor. In Highlands town commissioner Brian Stiehler has filed…

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Cooper continues opposition of Duke rate requests

Duke Energy’s latest filing to raise rates has drawn swift opposition from many including the State’s Attorney General Roy Cooper. A 7.5 percent rate increase was just approved for Duke—and there’s word now another increase scheduled to be proposed later this year. Cooper has been fighting the nation’s largest utility over what he says are…

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Weeklong deluge of rain hits county

Forecasters are calling for rain chances again this week, but it does not appear to be a washout like last week. Days of heavy rainfall in Western North Carolina caused flooding and landslides in several mountain counties, damaging roads and impacting travel. Local weather observers report 10.23 inches of rain in Macon County since July…

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