Forest Service to host additional plan revision meeting in Franklin

Forest Service to host additional plan revision meeting in Franklin

Another opportunity for local residents to help plan the forest’s future is coming up. The U.S. Forest Service has announced the next session in Franklin for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests management plan revision process. The meeting will be held from 6-9 p.m. on May 23 at Tartan Hall of the First Presbyterian Church,…

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Freeze Warning issued for tonight

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Macon and surrounding counties from midnight tonight to 9 a.m. Friday. The freezing temperatures can kill crops and other sensitive vegetation. Alan Durden, Cooperative Extension Director, says the cold nights and mornings aren’t unusual and typically last until early May. “What we consider frost free…

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BOE requests $9.5 mil from county

The tough task of planning for next year’s school budget continues as the Board of Education recently presented a preliminary budget to the county commission requesting $9.5 million—nearly $2 million more than last year. School Superintendent Dr. Jim Duncan announced Monday the school system will have a starting point to develop their official budget once…

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Big Bear Bark Park to close for improvements

The Big Bear Bark Park in downtown Franklin will be closed temporarily, starting May 1. The Friends of the Greenway, with a grant from the Nutro Dog Food Company, and help from Habitat for Humanity, are building a shelter over the “people” benches inside the Park. This construction will require moving some interior fencing so…

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Turkey Season safety tips

Turkey Season safety tips

Turkey season is underway in North Carolina and runs until May 11. This means hunters in Macon County and the western mountains are heading to the woods and fields in an attempt to bag a gobbler. According to the U.S. Forest Service, whether you’re a hunter or non-hunter, there are some simple safety tips you…

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School Board approves independent provider for athletic drug testing

Macon County school officials say athletic drug testing is becoming more of a deterrent, and will now be the responsibility of an independent, third-party company. At Monday’s Board of Education meeting school personnel director Dan Moore, who had been assisting with the implementation of drug tests for student athletes, presented a proposal from another company…

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