Macon LWV to plan changes for this year

On Thursday, March 12 the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Macon County will meet at noon at Tartan Hall to plan several major forums for the coming year–public education, NC tax and funding policies, forum for elected officials—and others. The league says they are taking a new approach to meetings for this year, focusing…

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High-speed chase ends with crash near Senior Center

High-speed chase ends with crash near Senior Center

A high-speed chase Tuesday morning in the town of Franklin ends with a crash and a suspect in custody. According to Franklin Police Chief David Adams, local officers were notified of Ford Taurus with a Michigan license plate traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph from Mountain City, Ga. to North Carolina. Just before…

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Franklin mobile home devastated by fire

A single-wide mobile home was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon after some nearby debris burning spread out of control. West Macon Fire Department arrived at the scene on Potts Branch Road at approximately 12:30 p.m. Chad Hand, with the fire department, says a resident had begun burning boxes near the home, when a debris pile…

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Macon Schools working with legislators to obtain small school funding

The Macon County School System is in the unique situation of being home to two of the three K-12 schools in the state, Nantahala School and Highlands School. However, unlike the other K-12 school in the state, Macon County does not receive small school funding to help pay for the expense of providing teachers and…

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Study indicates good and bad health trends among local middle schoolers

Information on the health risk behaviors among Macon County middle school students was presented to the Macon County Board of Education at their February meeting. Dawn Wilde Burgess, Community Health Promotion Supervisor with Macon County Public Health, reviewed highlights of the 2014 Youth Risk Behavior Survey with the school board. “Macon County is doing tremendously…

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Tuition hike approved for N.C. public universities

Students attending public universities in North Carolina got a break this year as tuition rates were frozen, but after a vote made Friday by the UNC System Board of Governors, the cost of attending college is going up again. The board approved a tuition hike for the next two academic years, which means for under-grads,…

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