Town gets positive financial audit

The town of Franklin receives a clean financial audit for fiscal year 2013. Matt Braswell, with the audit firm Martin Starnes & Associates, presented findings for the yearly audit at the January 3 Franklin Aldermen meeting. Braswell said revenues increased 30 percent in the year to $3.7 million, while expenditures fell to $3.6 million. The…

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String of break-ins reported

String of break-ins reported

Recent reports filed by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office indicate thieves may be targeting vacation homes. On January 2 and 5, five break-ins were reported with four being homes owned by Florida residents—the other a gas station on the Dillard Road. The door was kicked in at the Sinclair gas station, and several signs were…

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NC falls in health rankings: Obesity, tobacco top issues

In the wake of the recent state of the county health report, recent state health rankings are out and North Carolina comes in at 35th healthiest in the nation. The state drops a place in the rankings from 2012, when it was 34th healthiest. The study is conducted by the United Health Foundation, which analyzes…

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WNC power use hits record high due to polar conditions

Over the past few days, customers served by Duke Energy companies have set all-time records for winter power use. During the extreme weather event, the company asked for and received conservation from commercial, industrial and residential customers to help ease the burden on the utility system. Duke Energy Carolinas set new winter peak records. A…

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Macon jobless drops 4 percent from year ago

The jobless rate for Macon County declined again for November, according to new figures out from the state department of commerce. The unemployment rate dipped locally from 7.6 in October to 7.2 percent in November. Compared to November 2012, the jobless rate in Macon County is nearly four percent lower. “We know that North Carolina…

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Lady Panthers continue impressive season

The Franklin Lady Panther hoops team remains atop the conference after a win over the West Henderson Lady Falcons Wednesday night. Franklin’s Mariah Wallace and Sarah Henson led all scorers with 14 each. The final was Franklin 62, West Henderson 30. The Lady Panthers improve to 11-1 on the season. And in the boy’s game…

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