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Aldermen divided on how to handle parking lot gate.

The parking lot located behind the Bowery Restaurant on Main Street is connected to the town hall parking lot owned by the town of Franklin and is separated by a sliding gate. While the gate has been open from time to time in the past, since the Bowery opened last February the town has been more diligent in keeping it closed to prevent traffic from using the connector as a thoroughfare or shortcut, which was not the original intent of the road.

Monday night during the public comment period of the Board of Aldermen meeting, Gary Murphy with The Bowery asked the town to reconsider their decision to close the gate, as the restaurant's customers could benefit from the road.

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Stores, church set to relocate after the first of the year.

The sale of the Whistle Stop mall along the Georgia Road became official on Tuesday, and according to records on file at the Register of Deeds office, the property was sold to Ingles Markets, Inc.

"The road to this final negotiation has been a long and exciting one over the past couple years, but has come together in what we believe is God's perfect timing," said Chris Vanderwoude of Whistle Stop Mall. "It has been a priority for us to look out for everyone at the mall as best as possible by giving sufficient notice and time to find alternate space and relocate, so as part of the sale agreement, we have arranged to be able to continue to operate business mostly as usual through the end of this year.

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Whiskey River Large Animal is Western North Carolina’s newest large animal mobile veterinary provider. The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome them to the Franklin business community.

“We believe that the larger the animal, the stronger the bonds made, and that’s why we have dedicated our practice to the Critters from the Country” said Dr. Brittany Beil. “We offer compassionate care for your horses, cattle, sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas and pet pigs on your farm – for routine health care or emergencies. Whether it’s your latest 4-H project, your prized show horse, your family’s investment, or your partner in adventures, your family’s animal will be our newest friend,” Beil continued.

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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting at Fox Mercantile located at 73 W. Palmer Street next to Ace Hardware. The new store offers work boots, workwear, cowboy and cowgirl boots, scrubs and so much more.

“The idea for the store came about from a passion to keep America working and an opportunity to fill a void in the local market,” said Nick Potts, owner. “Since People’s Department Store closed, there hasn’t been a place to get quality work boots and workwear. Upon doing some research, we decided to open a store to sell not only those items but also scrubs and footwear to go with the outfits. We have a unique blend of goods that, until recently, people had to leave Franklin to get.”

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