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Snow Days

As snow blanketed Macon County Monday night, residents woke up to find a winter wonderland.

Macon County News readers from across the county took to Facebook to share photos of their views throughout the morning.

While Monday night’s event brought 3-4 inches to the county, another storm expected overnight on Wednesday is predicted to see totals that could reach double digits.

 

 

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Franklin aldermen grant license agreement to The Bowery for sidewalk on town property

On Monday night, to a standing room only crowd in town hall, the Franklin Board of Aldermen approved a license agreement to allow The Bowery Restaurant to keep a piece of sidewalk on town property.

The agreement was approved unanimously by the board and included no other discussion other than an opening statement from Franklin Mayor Bob Scott.

"Let me make it clear, there was never any intention to cause any problem for The Bowery," Scott read from a prepared statement. "We welcome The Bowery as a new neighbor.

Lumpkin Base Camp undergoes transformation

Macon’s best kept secret will soon be serving region’s youth again

For nearly a decade, an adventure camp stowed away in Tessentee in the southern part of Macon County went untouched. Bunk houses were beginning to crumble, the camp's fire ring was swallowed by poison ivy, and a high ropes course built in the ’70s blended in with native pines. What was once a destination for Boy and Girl Scout troops from across the region, had quickly tumbled into an overgrown wasteland with just a few years of neglect.

But all that has changed, and Macon County is well on its way to once again being home to one of western North Carolina's best kept secrets, a prime adventure camp abundant in natural resources.

Lazy Hiker Brewing Co. one step closer to opening its doors

Last week Porter Street was temporarily blocked as 11 new tanks were delivered to the Lazy Hiker Brewing Co., bringing the new business one step closer to opening its doors.

After having the 11 tanks custom-made for the brewery, they were delivered and set up in the warehouse in the back of Franklin's old town hall last week. Noah McIntee, head brewer for Franklin's first brewery, said with the addition of the tanks, just one more piece of the puzzle is needed to begin brewing exceptional craft beer.

"These 11 tanks put us a little closer to where we need to be to get the doors open and the beer flowing," said McIntee.

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As snow blanketed Macon County Monday night, residents woke up to find a winter wonderland.

Macon County News readers from across the county took to Facebook to share photos of their views throughout the morning.

While Monday night’s event brought 3-4 inches to the county, another storm expected overnight on Wednesday is predicted to see totals that could reach double digits.

 

 

view more of the beautiful scenery after the jump!

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On Monday night, to a standing room only crowd in town hall, the Franklin Board of Aldermen approved a license agreement to allow The Bowery Restaurant to keep a piece of sidewalk on town property.

The agreement was approved unanimously by the board and included no other discussion other than an opening statement from Franklin Mayor Bob Scott.

"Let me make it clear, there was never any intention to cause any problem for The Bowery," Scott read from a prepared statement. "We welcome The Bowery as a new neighbor.

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Macon’s best kept secret will soon be serving region’s youth again

For nearly a decade, an adventure camp stowed away in Tessentee in the southern part of Macon County went untouched. Bunk houses were beginning to crumble, the camp's fire ring was swallowed by poison ivy, and a high ropes course built in the ’70s blended in with native pines. What was once a destination for Boy and Girl Scout troops from across the region, had quickly tumbled into an overgrown wasteland with just a few years of neglect.

But all that has changed, and Macon County is well on its way to once again being home to one of western North Carolina's best kept secrets, a prime adventure camp abundant in natural resources.

Read more...

Last week Porter Street was temporarily blocked as 11 new tanks were delivered to the Lazy Hiker Brewing Co., bringing the new business one step closer to opening its doors.

After having the 11 tanks custom-made for the brewery, they were delivered and set up in the warehouse in the back of Franklin's old town hall last week. Noah McIntee, head brewer for Franklin's first brewery, said with the addition of the tanks, just one more piece of the puzzle is needed to begin brewing exceptional craft beer.

"These 11 tanks put us a little closer to where we need to be to get the doors open and the beer flowing," said McIntee.

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A new invasive plant species that appears to be poised to be a terrible invasive in moist, nutrient-rich situations across eastern North America has been documented in six counties in North Carolina, three in Tennessee, two in South Carolina and two in Georgia: fig buttercup, also called lesser celandine (Ficaria verna, formerly Ranunculus ficaria).

Fig Buttercup is an early-blooming perennial with origins in Europe and northern Africa. It is sometimes confused with marsh marigold (Caltha palustris). Because of its showy yellow flowers, it has apparently been enjoyed in gardens for many years, mostly in the Northeast. More recently, its behavior is transitioning to that of an aggressive invasive species that threatens bottomlands throughout its adopted range.

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State DPI warns school districts about likely shortfall.

After spending last week with representatives from school districts across the state, Macon County School's finance director Angie Cook, had disappointing numbers to report to the board of education.

Cook told the board that the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) informed local districts that by the school year's end, the state as a whole is facing a $271 million shortfall for the state's $21 billion budget.

North Carolina state economist Barry Boardman and Nathan Knuffman of the fiscal research division in the Office of State Budget and Management released a statement on the shortfall last week, citing a decrease in tax collection revenues as the cause. The state economists are predicting the gap between actual and expected tax collections to be 1.3 percent of the anticipated revenues.

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Race ends under caution after a multi-car wreck.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The record will reflect that Joey Logano won Sunday’s 57th Daytona 500 under caution, when a multicar wreck on the backstretch forced NASCAR to wave the yellow flag as Logano led the field into the final corner on the second lap of a green-white-checkered-flag finish.

But the notation of that final caution does no justice to the memory of a race that produced some of the most scintillating restrictor-plate racing in the history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

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