Franklin hosts WNC’s biggest 4th celebration today

Lots of events and activities are on tap for Franklin’s Annual Independence Day Celebration. The event is billed as the largest July 4th Celebration in western North Carolina and will take place at the Macon County Veteran’s Memorial Park. The day gets started with the annual Parade and Celebration in downtown Franklin beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the parade at […]

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AAA: NC expected to see most July 4th travel since 2007

With gas prices down over 30 cents a gallon since Memorial Day, AAA Carolinas is expecting North Carolina to see the biggest number of July 4th travelers since 2007, and five percent more than last year. Other factors increasing travel are an improving economy and a mid-week fourth. The travel organization is predicting nearly 1.1 million people to drive or […]

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DaVita selected as dialysis provider for Macon

The last major step in the development of a dialysis center in Macon County was taken Friday as the state has chosen a provider to operate in Macon County. Macon County Commissioner Ronnie Beale, who has headed up the efforts of securing a dialysis center in the county said the state issued the Certificate of Need to DaVita, “This is […]

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Planner Al Slagle remembered for his efforts

The community is mourning the loss of a long-time member of the Macon County Planning Board. Al Slagle passed away on Thursday after a battle with cancer. County Commissioner Ronnie Beale says Slagle always worked hard for the county, “The preservation of these beautiful mountains was always Al’s concern. We appreciate all he has done for the citizens of this […]

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Fish for free tomorrow in North Carolina

July 4 is your one chance a year to get hooked on fishing — for free! From 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in North Carolina — resident and non-residents alike — can fish in any public body of water, from mountain trout waters to coastal waters, without purchasing a fishing license or additional trout fishing privilege. Although no fishing […]

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Lion’s July 4 BBQ helps local students go to college

A program established over two decades ago has given many Macon County students an opportunity for college that they might not otherwise have had. This Fourth of July that tradition continues with the Franklin Lion’s Club annual BBQ Chicken Dinner which benefits their important scholarship fund. The BBQ fundraiser will take place at the Macon County Fairgrounds from 12 noon […]

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State regulators grant final approval of Duke merger

On Friday the long-awaited merger between Duke and Progress Energy was granted final approval from the N.C. Utilities. The approval clears the way for the nation’s largest utility company that will serve around 7 million customers in various states including 3 million in North Carolina. As part of the agreement, the Utilities Commission has mandated conditions that protect consumers. It […]

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Man charged with kidnapping, assault his mother

A 28-year old Franklin man was taken into custody following a bizarre incident Wednesday that involved him kidnapping and assaulting his mother. Macon County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested the man identified as Joshua Seth Hinkle after responding to a request for a welfare check on Bent Oak Drive. Macon County Sheriff Robby Holland says officers responded to the home and spotted […]

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Duke Energy warns of identity theft scam

If you get a notice saying a federal program will pay your utility bill, officials at Duke Energy are warning you it’s a scam.   Consumers are being asked for personal information including their birth date and social security number and are provided instructions on how to make a utility payment. This is a scam. Do not accept unsolicited offers […]

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Town to hold July meeting tonight

The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen will hold their monthly meeting for July tonight at 7 p.m. at Franklin Town Hall. At 7:05 p.m., during a public hearing, the board will solicit comments from citizens regarding strictly the financing method for the new ABC store. In addition, town administration will present reports of the recent sign sweep that removed signs […]

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