Public Health Releases Agenda for June Meeting

Next week, the Macon County Board of Health will be holding their regular meeting for the month of June. On the agenda, are several different items, including an update on the Fiscal Year 18  budget for the board. Under the new business section of the agenda, are three different items, including; the fee plan for the Health Department, the billing […]

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Propane Tank Leads to Fire at Sapphire Valley Country Club

Monday night at around 11, a fire burned down the Country Club of Sapphire Valley. According to Blue Ridge Public Safety, a propane tank was the cause of the fire, after it was struck by a golf cart, leaked, then sparked and started the fire. A post on the Blue Ridge Public Safety facebook says that no injuries were reported […]

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Taste of Scotland Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Celebrating the heritage of the area, several thousands gathered downtown this past weekend to enjoy the 20th 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 event is held each year to give people in Macon County a […]

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Dillsboro Arts and Crafts Show Draws Big Crowd

Wonderful blue skies, great entertainment and over 60 artisans brought out more than 3,000 people to Front Street Arts & Crafts Show this past weekend in Dillsboro. The first of three 2017 festivals produced by the Dillsboro Merchants Association, Front Street Arts & Crafts Show filled not only Front Street, but also Church Street as well, increasing vendor participation; thereby […]

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Forest Service Taking Applications for Ginseng Harvesting

From the NC Forest Service: “The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests have announced that forest visitors have until July 19 to submit contact information to a ranger district office to participate in the lottery to receive a ginseng harvest permit this year. Visitors must obtain a permit to collect wild ginseng in the two national forests during the designated harvest […]

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Commissioners Hear Update on Community Building Updates

At last week’s regular meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, Macon County Planner Jack Morgan and Tom Ritter of Ritter Architecture, gave commissioners an update on the renovations of the Robert C. Carpenter Building. Over the last several months, the community building has been closed while the county makes repairs and upgrades to the recreation facility. Subcontractors as […]

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Franklin Chamber to Hold Official Ribbon Cutting Tuesday

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce is preparing to showcase their new building with a ribbon cutting. Cindy Cavender, the Special Events and Marketing Director for the Chamber says that with the new building being just off the 441 bypass in Franklin, it is in a prime location in the old Simple Elegance building. Cavender says that they are getting ready […]

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Studies Show Summer Reading Must Be a Part of Out of School Routine

With school out for summer all over Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties, reading has to be a part of summer activities for kids. That’s according to experts who say there’s evidence of significant learning loss in the summer when kids don’t read. According to the organization, Reading is Fundamental (RIF), students experience between a one- to three-month loss of reading […]

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