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2015 Memorial Day Observance

One of the largest crowds in recent memory gathered at the Macon County Veterans Memorial park for the annual Memorial Day Celebration.

Veteran Navy Captain Tierian (Randy) Cash was the guest speaker for the event.

“Today is a bittersweet day, we get together, we cry, we laugh,” said Cash. “I am convinced if everyone really understood the sacrifice of the one million Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice there wouldn’t be any cars on the road, they would all be here.”

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County manager submits ‘conservative’ budget

Building the county’s financial stability while facing uncertain legislative challenges seems to be the common theme throughout the 2015-16 budget planning process. County Manager Derek Roland presented commissioners with a $46.6 million budget last Thursday night, and in a two and a half hour work session on Tuesday, commissioners hashed out the details.

The budget was proposed at $46,646,357, with balanced revenues and expenditures. The proposed budget, while less than the 2013-14 levels, exhibits an increase over the current fiscal year.

From building upgrades to new shops, business is booming in Franklin

Franklin's business landscape is undergoing some big changes, a sign that maybe better times are ahead for the local economy.

Franklin’s Main Street is bustling, with the biggest problem these days being findind a parking space on either end of the street. New shops have found their homes along Main Street, and after hours, the sidewalks are actually lined with visitors, something Franklin’s main street has long since struggled to do consistently.

But main street isn’t the only thing changing. From both ends of Franklin, older buildings such as the Dan’s Auto building or Ace Hardware have gotten a facelift, with new store fronts and more shopper friendly parking lots.

FHS Booster Club hosts 33rd Annual Athletic Awards ceremony

The Franklin High School Athletic Booster Club presented its 33rd Annual FHS Athletic Awards Ceremony Thursday, May 21.

Athletes were recognized for athletic accomplishments as well as scholarly pursuits and awarded local scholarships.

Among the awards and scholarships given were: The Parker Mathis Scholarship; Walter Scruggs Scholarship; Brandon Stiwinter Scholarship; Booster Club Scholarship; Tom Raby Scholarhsip and (not pictured) Stan Sloan Scholarship, which was awarded to Harrison Conner and Cameron Roper.

 

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One of the largest crowds in recent memory gathered at the Macon County Veterans Memorial park for the annual Memorial Day Celebration.

Veteran Navy Captain Tierian (Randy) Cash was the guest speaker for the event.

“Today is a bittersweet day, we get together, we cry, we laugh,” said Cash. “I am convinced if everyone really understood the sacrifice of the one million Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice there wouldn’t be any cars on the road, they would all be here.”

view more photos after the jump!

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Building the county’s financial stability while facing uncertain legislative challenges seems to be the common theme throughout the 2015-16 budget planning process. County Manager Derek Roland presented commissioners with a $46.6 million budget last Thursday night, and in a two and a half hour work session on Tuesday, commissioners hashed out the details.

The budget was proposed at $46,646,357, with balanced revenues and expenditures. The proposed budget, while less than the 2013-14 levels, exhibits an increase over the current fiscal year.

Read more...

Franklin's business landscape is undergoing some big changes, a sign that maybe better times are ahead for the local economy.

Franklin’s Main Street is bustling, with the biggest problem these days being findind a parking space on either end of the street. New shops have found their homes along Main Street, and after hours, the sidewalks are actually lined with visitors, something Franklin’s main street has long since struggled to do consistently.

But main street isn’t the only thing changing. From both ends of Franklin, older buildings such as the Dan’s Auto building or Ace Hardware have gotten a facelift, with new store fronts and more shopper friendly parking lots.

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The Franklin High School Athletic Booster Club presented its 33rd Annual FHS Athletic Awards Ceremony Thursday, May 21.

Athletes were recognized for athletic accomplishments as well as scholarly pursuits and awarded local scholarships.

Among the awards and scholarships given were: The Parker Mathis Scholarship; Walter Scruggs Scholarship; Brandon Stiwinter Scholarship; Booster Club Scholarship; Tom Raby Scholarhsip and (not pictured) Stan Sloan Scholarship, which was awarded to Harrison Conner and Cameron Roper.

 

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory visited Western Carolina University on Friday, May 22, seeking support for his proposed $3 billion bond package that would fund state infrastructure improvements and transportation projects, a plan that would include $114.9 million for a new WCU science building.

McCrory told a standing-room-only crowd assembled in a laboratory in WCU’s existing Natural Science Building, which was originally built in the 1970s and is no longer considered suitable for science education, that the time for the bond issue is now because of low interest rates and growing infrastructure needs.

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Donation to go to early education scholarship fund.

Throughout his life, Jeff Cloer was always inspired by his mother’s dedication to the young children in her care as a director of Macon County’s HeadStart program and also as a kindergarten and first grade teacher.

To honor Ida Ramey Cloer’s devotion to her profession and the lives she touched, Jeff Cloer made a $1,200 donation to the Southwestern Community College Foundation to create the Ida Ramey Cloer Early Childhood Education Scholarship Fund.

The fund will be used to support an annual scholarship that will go to a deserving student entering SCC’s early childhood education program.

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Macon to get $50,000 to help with provided services.

A debate initiated by Macon County Commissioner Jim Tate last year has finally seen some resolution, even if it isn’t quite the solution Macon County had hoped for. Last Thursday, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to establish a “Highlands” fire district for homes located along the Macon/Jackson border. The fire district, which includes more than 300 homes, will require property owners to pay just shy of a penny fire tax to generate $50,000 requested by the Highlands Fire Department.

Commissioner Tate brought the issue to the Macon County board, which after an in depth study showed that Macon County taxpayers pay about $160,000 a year to provide service to the 332 homes on the border, which are actually within Jackson County borders.

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