Macon Commissioners Unanimously Approve Budget

At last night’s continuation meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, the board unanimously approved the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget of $51,029,009. The vote followed the required public hearing at which no citizens attended with concerns about the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The approved budget reflects several changes to the original proposed budget as presented to the […]

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Franklin Celebrates Scottish Heritage

Celebrating the heritage of the area, a large crowd gathered downtown this past weekend to enjoy four days of Scottish fun at the 21st annual Taste of Scotland & Celtic Festival. Traditionally held each year during Father’s Day weekend, the festival celebrates the area’s Scottish heritage with fun, games, food, music and much more. The weekend’s festivities began on Thursday […]

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Chancellor David O. Belcher Passes Away Following Battle with Brain Cancer, Memorial Set for Saturday at WCU

The Western Carolina University community is mourning the loss of Chancellor David O. Belcher, who died Sunday, June 17, at the age of 60 after a more than two-year battle with brain cancer. WCU’s chancellor since 2011, Belcher was widely recognized for energizing the university community to work with regional leaders to serve the needs of Western North Carolina, a […]

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Six Macon Fire Districts Receive New Ratings

At this week’s regular meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, Warren Cabe, Director of Macon County Emergency Services, announced that six of Macon County’s fire districts received new ratings after inspections by state officials. North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey recently announced the fire districts that completed their routine inspection and received improved ratings […]

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Macon Senior Center to Commemorate World Elder Abuse Day with Walk

Macon County’s Crawford Senior Center is commemorating World Elder Abuse Day by hosting a Walk to End Elder Abuse at Crawford Senior Center on Friday, June 15, 2018 from 6-7pm. This year’s theme is: “Elders Matter: We’re in this together…and together it works”. Did you know that every day 10,000 people turn 65 in the US alone? That trend is […]

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Experts Urge Care When Exploring NC Waterways

There’s no shortage of creeks and streams in North Carolina to enjoy this weekend, but while exploring, experts advise outdoor enthusiasts to take care before moving rocks and changing habitat. The rocks and area surrounding them provide natural homes for insects, frogs and salamanders, and Jason Meader, aquatics program manager with Mainspring Conservation Trust, says innocent disturbances from curious explorers […]

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Citizens Express Concern of School Funding at Macon Commissioners Meeting

By: Kristen Karcher A large crowd of teachers, school board members and officials as well as concerned citizens gathered at the recent June 5th budget work session of the Macon County Board of Commissioners to hear the budget discussion between the Macon County School System and commissioners. Commissioners Ronnie Beale and Gary Shields, who serve as the education liaisons to […]

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Macon BOE Special Called Meeting June 18th

The Macon County Board of Education will hold a Special Called Meeting on Monday, June 18, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room of the Macon County Schools Administrative Offices. The purpose of this meeting is to review & discuss the South Macon Elementary School addition as well as enter into executive session to formulate plans for emergency […]

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Clingmans Dome Observation Tower Closed thru June 15th

The Clingmans Dome Observation Tower in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be closed through the end of this week as crews complete a rehabilitation project that began last year. Contractors have repaired deteriorated areas on the concrete columns and walls along with stabilizing support walls at the base of the ramp. National park officials say that to complete […]

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Lawmakers Want Voter ID in State Constitution

After a failed attempt to require that North Carolina voters provide a photo ID when casting a ballot in recent years, lawmakers are now trying to make it a requirement in the state Constitution. Plans for legislation to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot were announced last week, but opponents say the measure ignores the larger concern of […]

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