Trail plan for Nantahala Forest unveiled in Franklin Tuesday night

Trail plan for Nantahala Forest unveiled in Franklin Tuesday night

Around 30 people turned out for the final meeting of the National Forests in North Carolina Trail Strategy Tuesday night at Tartan Hall in Franklin. Forest Service officials formally unveiled the trail plans for the Nantahala and Pisgah Forests that have been two years in the making. “Knowing that we have 4.6 million visitors each…

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Smokies notice visitorship curtailing

The impact of January’s weather events in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is beginning to emerge—park officials report a noticeable decline in visitors for last month. Total visitation for January 2013 was down 1.4 % as compared with January 2012. During January 2013 a total of 265,633 visitors came into the Park as compared…

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Lady Panthers advance to conference tourney final

Tonight the Franklin Lady Panthers will play for the conference tournament championship in basketball against a team they’ve not beaten this year: Pisgah. The Franklin girls won in the second round of the tourney on Tuesday knocking off Tuscola 53-40. The win sets them up for the ultimate rematch with Pisgah who has beaten Franklin…

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Driver charged after injuring child

A 27-year-old Franklin driver was charged after accidentally injuring a 9-year old boy who was waiting on the school bus Monday morning. According to NC State Trooper Tony Hawkins, the accident occurred just after 7 a.m. at the intersection of Highlands Road and Riverbottom Road. The driver, Thomas Colmenares failed to see the young boy…

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Local students promote “Through with Chew” Week

Local students promote “Through with Chew” Week

Macon County youth are joining a statewide effort this week to raise awareness on the harms of tobacco use. During Through with Chew Week, February 17-23, North Carolina’s teen tobacco prevention programs, also known as TRU, have one unified message for users: QUIT NOW. Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death…

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Smokies brace for possible automatic spending cuts

Campground and hiking trail closures and fewer interpretive programs are some of the impacts officials with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are preparing for. The cuts would stem from a round of automatic federal spending cuts which would trigger March 1, unless Congress acts to hold them off. National Parks, including the Smokies, could…

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