Town Council Hears Update on Woodlawn Cemetery

At this week’s meeting of the Franklin Town Council, trustees of the Franklin Cemetery Association, came before the council requesting the town’s help in the dire financial situation facing the Woodlawn Cemetery. Woodlawn Cemetery, the town’s public cemetery, was founded in 1922, and since then has been maintained by the association, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to maintain the […]

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Unemployment Rate Released for Macon, Jackson, Swain Counties

The North Carolina Department of Commerce has released the unemployment rate for the month of February for all the counties throughout the state. In Macon County, the unemployment rate was unchanged from January, sitting at 5.2%. However, compared to February of 2017, the rate has dropped .6% from last year’s 5.8%. For Jackson County, the rate dropped by .1% from […]

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WCU’s Base Camp Cullowhee Preps for Tuck Cleanup

What is considered the nation’s largest single-day effort to remove trash from a river, the 34th annual Tuck River Cleanup, hosted by Western Carolina University’s Base Camp Cullowhee, will be Saturday, April 14. The event features hundreds of volunteers paddling in rafts or walking along the river banks to clean up the Tuckaseigee River as it flows through Jackson County. […]

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Town of Franklin Begins Demolition of Hillcrest Avenue Property

Last Friday, the demolition of the 76 Hillcrest Avenue property began with the initial removal of trash and has continued this week with the demolition of the property’s dwelling. At the Monday night meeting of the Franklin Town Council, Town Planner Justin Setser gave an update on the progress of the demolition. According to Setser, the contractor has removed all […]

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Franklin Honors Vietnam Veterans With Parade, Ceremony

Last Saturday, veterans and the community joined together downtown in recognition of National Vietnam War Veterans Day, a US holiday observed annually on March 29 marking the anniversary of when America withdrew from South Vietnam. Following the traditional parade down Main Street, all gathered at the town square for a special celebration to honor all the men and women who […]

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Program Benefiting Shop with a Cop Coming Soon to Franklin

For the last 22 years, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office’s Shop with a Cop Program has been providing Christmas for children in need in the community. The program, which was started by Sheriff Robert Holland and his wife Marci as a way to help a single family in need around the holidays, has grown to now serve more than 400 […]

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New Principal for Smoky Mountain High School Named

From the Jackson County School System: “The Jackson County Public Schools Board of Education and Dr. Kimberly Elliott, Superintendent, are proud to announce Mrs. Evelyn Graning as the Principal at Smoky Mountain High School. Mrs. Graning earned her bachelor’s degree in English at North Carolina State University and her Master of Arts in Teaching at Johns Hopkins University.  In May […]

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Warrior Hikers Make Way Through Franklin

Last weekend, ten veterans visited Franklin for what has become an annual spring tradition, the return of the Warrior Hikers team. Local veterans from American Legion Post 108 and VFW Post 7739 teamed up with members of the community to welcome the 2018 Warrior Hikers team to Franklin for their annual visit. The veteran hikers representing all four branches of the […]

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Macon Sheriff’s Office Investigating Bodies Found in Bed of Pick Up Truck

From the Macon County Sheriff’s Office: “The Sheriff’s Office and SBI are currently investigating an incident on Jack Cabe Road that involves the discovery of a reported abandoned vehicle. After on scene deputies discovered that the vehicle found belonged to an individual who was reported missing Monday along with another individual by family. Deputies on scene discovered two deceased individuals […]

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