Macon County Public Health Talks Flu Outbreak

At the recent meeting of the Macon County Board of Health, Jennifer Garrett Macon County Public Health Clinical Services Supervisor, gave the board an update on the flu. This year, the flu is considered widespread across North Carolina and the country causing mild to severe illness and at times even death, with older and younger people as well as people […]

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Closings and Delays for 2-2-18

Jackson County Schools: CLOSED / Optional Teacher Workday Cherokee Central Schools: CLOSED Swain County Schools: CLOSED Highlands School: One Hour Delay Jackson County Adult Daycare: CLOSED Jackson County Head Start: Two Hour Delay Swain Public Transit: Two Hour Delay, No Buses on Icy Roads

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Delays for 1-31

Jackson County Schools: Smoky Mountain District 2 Hour Delay, Blue Ridge District, 2.5 Hour Delay, no buses on icy roads Cherokee Central School: 2 Hour Delay Swain County Schools: 2 Hour Delay

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Closings and Delays for 1-30-18

Macon County Schools Franklin Area: 2 Hour Delay Jackson County Schools: CLOSED, Optional Teacher Workday Swain County Schools: CLOSED, Optional Teacher Workday Cherokee Central School: CLOSED Great Beginnings Preschool: Opening at 9:30 Southwestern Community College: Opening at 10 Macon Program for Progress: Late Start Jackson County Adult Daycare: CLOSED Jackson County Department on Aging: Senior Dining Sites, CLOSED Jackson County […]

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Mission Health Issues More Visitation Restrictions Due to Flu Outbreak

From Mission Health: “Mission Health is elevating its restrictions because of an increase in reported influenza-like illness throughout North Carolina. Effective immediately, only partners and immediate family members over the age of 12 will be permitted in patient care areas. Mission Health previously asked visitors to limit hospital visits based on recommendations from its infection prevention department. The number of […]

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Annual Chamber Awards Honor Community Members, Recognize “Citizen of the Year”

This week, the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual meeting and awards banquet at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Following a dinner prepared by Motor Company Grill with assistance from the Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps culinary arts students and the SMCA staff, the chamber held their annual awards banquet recognizing outstanding citizens and organizations […]

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Bonuses Coming to Several Macon County Teachers

Several Macon County teachers are among thousands of teachers across the state who are receiving bonuses this month as a reward from helping their students improve their test scores. The performance based bonuses include pre-existing bonuses for third grade reading teachers and some specialized high school teachers as well as new bonuses in certain core subjects in elementary, intermediate and […]

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Prescribed Burn Friday on Nantahala Ranger District

From the US Forest Service: “The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a prescribed burn Friday, January 26, weather permitting on the Nantahala Ranger District. The 1762-acre burn is planned in the Round Mountain area south of Cashiers in Jackson County on the state line with South Carolina. The burn will be completed in conjunction with the Andrew Pickens Ranger District […]

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Macon County Sheriff’s Office Makes Meth Bust

From the MCSO: “At the conclusion of an ongoing operation by the Macon County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit search warrants were executed resulting in one suspect being arrested and two others currently listed as “WANTED”. On January 23rd, MCSO Detectives and the MCSO Special Response Team executes a search warrant on the residence located at W Old Murphy Rd. where drugs […]

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BOE Allocates Money to Fix Busted FHS Pipe

At this week’s meeting of the Macon County Board of Education, school officials allocated the remaining capital outlay dollars in their current budget to make necessary repairs to a busted pipe in the vocational building at Franklin High School. The school board allocated $5,500 towards the $11,635.50 needed to repair the pipe which was about 25 years old and had […]

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