SCC to Offer Business Seminars at New Franklin Chamber Building

Beginning this fall, Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center will be offering small business seminars and one-on-one counseling at the new Chamber of Commerce building in Franklin. “Having a Small Business Center location in Franklin is an added benefit to chamber members and other businesses in Macon County,” said Tiffany Henry, SCC’s Small Business Center director. Counseling will be by […]

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Swain County Schools Partners with GSMNP, Approved for Over $500,000 in School Funding

From the GSMNP: “Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials partnered with Swain County Schools to prepare documentation for Impact Aid funding through the Department of Education. Swain County was recently notified that their submission for funding was approved for $577,000 to help meet school needs. Only 24% of Swain County is taxable because of property that makes up the Great […]

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Entegra Bank Matching Donations Raises $22,000 for SCC Scholarships

Considering Southwestern Community College launched its Student Success Campaign with a challenge grant a few years ago, it seemed appropriate that another matching offer recently allowed SCC to close in on the campaign’s $1 million goal. Entegra Bank recently offered to match up to $10,000 in gifts to the campaign, and the SCC Foundation quickly found a group of donors […]

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WCU Names Another Inductee Into Athletics Hall of Fame

Former Western Carolina football student-athlete and longtime football coach Don Powers has been selected to be enshrined into the Western Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall’s 28th induction class will be honored the weekend of Nov. 10-11, coinciding with the Catamount football regular season home finale against Mercer. Powers played for the Purple & Gold from 1963-67 under head […]

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25th Anniversary of Early Farm Days Celebrates Agricultural Heritage

This past weekend marked the 25th anniversary of the annual Early Farm Days Antique Engine and Tractor Show sponsored by the Franklin Tractor Club and the Macon County Historical Society. The annual two-day event held at the Wayne Proffit Agricultural Center at the Macon County fairgrounds featured several exhibitors from all over Macon County as well as other areas of […]

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Harris Regional to Offer New Cardiac Services

Harris Regional Hospital is expanding its cardiac services, offering diagnostic cardiac catheterization in Sylva beginning in mid-July. Hamid Nawaz, MD, a cardiologist with Harris Cardiology, will perform the procedure in the hospital’s mobile lab provided through a partnership with Duke LifePoint Cardiac Partners, LLP. The diagnostic test will quickly determine if an individual has a blockage in any of the […]

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Duke Energy Grants Money to WNC Fire Departments

Last fall, fire departments from Macon County as well as surrounding counties teamed with firefighters from around the country to fight the wildfires that consumed forest lands in western North Carolina. At this week’s monthly meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, several local fire departments were recognized for their efforts in last fall’s wildfires and were awarded the […]

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Franklin’s Free Little Pantry Idea Spreading to Other Areas

Last year members of the Franklin community came together behind a small project with far reaching potential – the Free Little Pantry located at Appalachian Ace on West Palmer Street. Since the Free Little Pantry was opened, it has been giving those who need a little extra help the opportunity to take something they need such as non-perishable food items, […]

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Swain Deputies Recover 2 Stolen Vehicles

From the Swain County Sheriff’s Office: “On Tuesday, Swain County deputies recovered 2 stolen vehicles. The first was a reported stolen vehicle from the Local Market (BP) in Bryson City. Swain County deputies, along with the Bryson City Police began an immediate search for the vehicle. One of our deputies spotted the vehicle on 74 West . A short pursuit […]

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