Second Annual Franklin Saftey Day for Kids Coming Saturday

The second annual Public Safety Day for kids will be taking place in Franklin this weekend The event will be taking place on Saturday. There will be a free hot dog meal, free kid bike helmets and goodies, and kid bounce houses. Members from the Franklin Police and Fire Dept., Macon County Sheriff’s Office k-9 Unit, Macon County EMS, Highlands […]

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Solar System Walk Started in Sylva by SCC

As part of a unique partnership with NASA, Southwestern Community College’s STEM Club has set up an “Solar System Walk” in downtown Sylva. The walk, which is open to the public through the day of the Great American Eclipse (Aug. 21), features a poster of every planet in our solar system placed relative to its distance from the sun to […]

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Accident Claims Life of 17 Year Old Franklin Girl

A Saturday afternoon accident claimed the life of a Franklin teen. 17 year old Cieara Sunshine Harmon was killed in the accident that occurred after 4 pm on Saturday afternoon on 441 just across the Jackson County line. Harmon was set to enter her Senior year at Franklin High School. A celebration of life for Cieara will be taking place […]

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Cherokee Central School Back in Session with New Superintendent

Monday is the first day back for students at Cherokee Central School and Jackson County Blue Ridge District and Jackson County Early College. Monday also marks the first day of the first school year for new Cherokee Superintendent, Dr. Michael Murray. Dr. Murray is taking over this year for the retired Scott Penland, after Murray spent the previous 6 years […]

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Forest Service Proposes Fee Changes

From the US Forest Service: “The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to change recreation fees at several sites on the Nantahala National Forest and the public is invited to provide input to proposed fees changes for 46 days that started on August 11th. The goal of these proposed changes are  to establish a consistent pricing for developed recreation sites  for […]

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Commissioners Approve Contract for Landscaping at Community Building

With the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building renovations nearing completion, county officials are working toward finalizing plans to landscape the grounds around the building and parking lot. At this week’s meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, county officials approved a contract to hire Ross Landscape Architecture, PLLC for the landscape renovation plans for the community building. Last month […]

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Iotla Valley Elementary Starts New Leadership Program

In the upcoming school year, Iotla Valley Elementary School will undergo a whole school transformation teaching its students 21st century leadership and life skills and creating a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. Following a successful year of fundraising, planning and training, everything is in place this fall to embrace the […]

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Blue Cross Rejects Mission’s Offer to Keep Policies Purchased Over Exchanges as In-Network

From Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina: “’Today we received a letter from Mission Health that attempts to partially rescind their termination of our contracts. We were disappointed when Mission Health decided to unilaterally terminate those contracts last month. With today’s proposal, Mission Health continues to turn its back on senior citizens, state and county employees, businesses and taxpayers […]

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