State calls off testing for hydro-fracturing in Macon

The state has announced that planned testing for hydro-fracturing, or fracking, here in the mountains is on hold—at least for now. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) officials say there is not enough potential for natural gas in the western mountains and it doesn’t make sense economically to test in WNC for it. Preliminary testing…

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Angel begins first ever medical resident training

Angel begins first ever medical resident training

For the first time in Angel Medical Center’s ninety-one year history, medical residents are training in Franklin.  Five first-year family medicine residents from Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, will each spend a week in an Angel Primary Care practice under the preceptorship of family medicine physicians Dr. Lawson Hunley and Dr. Jason…

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Noise complaints move possible sound ordinance ahead

Loud and disturbing noise is one of the most common complaints handled by county officials, but with no ordinance on the books, for the most part, it can’t be curtailed. Now that may be changing. The noise issue was brought to the county commission at both of their meetings in August by local residents who…

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Judy Moore Scholarship winners announced

Judy Moore Scholarship winners announced

Board members of the Judy Moore Scholarship Endowment Committee are pleased to announce that two scholarships for $1000 each have been awarded to Edith Jennings and Katherine Sevigny.  Awards are given for tuition, books, room and board and any other directly related educational expenses to candidates who qualify and are enrolled in Nursing degree programs.…

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Macon jobless rate up in July

Macon jobless rate up in July

The unemployment rate for July rose slightly in Macon County; however, the county’s jobless rate is still much improved over July 2013. According to new information from the state Department of Commerce, the rate ticked up in Macon County from June to July by .3 percent to 6.6 percent. That translates to 1,032 Maconians who…

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Three charged with meth possesion

Three local residents were taken into custody on Wednesday, August 27, all charged with meth-related crimes. According to arrest reports filed by Macon County Sheriff’s Deputies, 28-year-old James Coleman Stamey, of Franklin was charged with a felony count of meth possession in addition to misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a…

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