Athletes Gather for Special Olympics Practice

Last week, up to 100 hundred local athletes gathered at Macon Middle School for this year’s annual practice for the upcoming Far West Regional Special Olympics. Participating in this year’s games are athletes from Cartoogechaye, Iotla Valley and South Macon Elementary Schools, as well as Mountain View Intermediate, Macon Middle School, Franklin High School, Macon County Citizen’s Habilities and the community. The local practice […]

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Gazebo Lease Agreement Discussed at County Meeting

Every Saturday night from May to October large crowds gather at the downtown gazebo for the ever popular Pickin’ on the Square. Pickin’ is just one example of entertainment sponsored by the Town of Franklin for residents and visitors at the gazebo. In addition, the gazebo is often the gathering place for other entertainment and celebrations throughout the year many […]

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Macon Commissioners Approve Community Funding Pool

At their April regular meeting, the Macon County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the community funding pool’s recommendations to award 13 local non-profit agencies a portion of the $75,000 set aside in the county’s current budget. On behalf of the funding pool, long time community funding pool board member, Karen Wallace presented the commissioners their recommendations for the disbursement of […]

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SCC to Partner with Regional Libraries to Host May Job Fairs

Next month, Southwestern Community College’s Career Services will partner with members of the Fontana Regional Library System to offer a Regional Job Fair Series to connect local employers with prospective employees in Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties. The series will run from Tuesday through Friday, May 15-18, and each event will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The first job […]

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Delays for 4-16

Nantahala School: 2 Hour Delay, NO BUSES ON ICY ROADS Jackson County Schools, Blue Ridge District: 2 1/2 Hour Delay Jackson County Schools, Smoky Mountain District: 2 Hour Delay Swain County Schools: 2 Hour Delay, NO BUSES ON ICY ROADS

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Two Prescribed Burns Thursday on Nantahala Ranger District

The Nantahala Ranger District is planning to conduct  two prescribed burns today, April 12. The Wolf Knob burn is 570 acres in the Alarka area of Swain County. Smoke may be visible near Sylva, Franklin and Bryson City. The Bullpen burn is 722 acres east of Highlands. The Chattooga River trail (TR 432) and connector trail (TR 433) will be temporarily […]

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Sailor Killed in Pearl Harbor Attack Coming Home for Funeral

A very special funeral service will be taking place in Macon County over the weekend. Frank Wood, a veteran who was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 will be making his way home for a funeral service that will be taking place on Saturday at Carson Cemetery in Franklin. Wood was serving on USS Oklahoma during the […]

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Ribbon Cutting Marks Reopening of Wayah Bald Fire Tower

Last week, the Nantahala National Forest District and the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially mark the reopening of the historic Wayah Bald Fire Tower. The tower, located 17 miles from downtown Franklin, was damaged in the Camp Branch Wildfire in November of 2016. The fire engulfed the tower as it raced up the […]

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Prescribed Burn in Jackson County Thursday

A prescribed burn will be taking place Thursday in Jackson County. A 184 acre burn will be going on in the Grassy Creek area in Tuckasegee. The reason behind the prescribed burn is to reduce fuel loads, according to Jackson County Ranger, Paul Pittman. That burn will cause smoke that will be visible in the area during most of the […]

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