61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Ten local nonprofits share a total of $40,000.

On Monday night the Town of Franklin's Board of Aldermen continued its meeting from Sept. 2 to address the community funding pool allotment that would be awarded to community organizations. In all, the town had $40,000 to disperse and a total of nine applicants made requests that totaled $45,500.

A change was made to the Franklin Garden Club's request. Instead of funds coming from the funding pool, those funds will come from the town's beautification fund. The reason being that the Franklin Garden Club is not a certified nonprofit as required.

After the change was made, the town was left with $43,000 in total requests. The aldermen were tasked with making adjustments to what was awarded. The Macon County Public Library's request was cut in half because the Reading Rover program provides service to places beyond Franklin. In an attempt to remain fair, a total of $67.50 was subtracted from all of the remaining requests.

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Former DAR Regent delves into her family ancestry.

When Eleanor Kraus decided to relocate to Franklin a number of years ago, she had no way to foresee the convoluted journey upon which she was about to embark. She was leaving her native home of Greenville, S.C., and moving to Franklin to marry Bob Kraus and to make a life in the mountains. Yet, this was only the beginning of her trek. It was much more than moving furniture and personal belongings. She was embarking on an adventure into herself and her ancestry, a journey that would lead back through the branches of her family tree to the 18th century American colonies and to the very beginnings of the quest for freedom and independence from England.

Bob Kraus had left the mountains of his youth and moved away, but later found his way into the mountain community of Franklin, N.C. As the relationship progressed, he told Eleanor that he had left the mountains once in his life and he was not going to leave them again. If they were to be together, she would have to come to Franklin. She agreed to join him in Franklin, thus setting into motion the intricate series of circumstances leading her through her ancestry to the inception of the United States of America and back to the present generation.

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Western Carolina University (WCU) has scheduled a series of debates before the upcoming general election on Nov. 4. The first candidates to take the podium in the University Center are vying for the United States House of Representatives seat for North Carolina's 11th District that is currently held by Mark Meadows – R. The incumbent will be taking on Democratic challenger Tom Hill. District 11 includes Macon, Jackson, Clay, Buncombe, Haywood, McDowell, Madison, Polk, Transylvania, Yancey, Graham, Cherokee, Swain, and Henderson counties.

A brief biography of the candidates opened the debate. Hill hails from Hendersonville and grew up on an apple farm there. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Wake Forest and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill eventually receiving his PhD in physics with a focus in aerospace and rocket science.

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Friday afternoon, School Resource Officer Jay Wright spotted a suspicious vehicle driving on the campus of Franklin High School. Noticing that the vehicle, a black Ford Explorer with tinted windows, didn’t have a tag, the SRO stopped the vehicle to further investigate the situation. The SRO found the vehicle’s driver, Eric Ehlenfield, 27, to not have a driver’s license and to be wanted on a non-extraditable charge in Georgia. Ehlenfield listed being homeless, but of the Otto area, despite the charges revealed in Georgia. Ehlenfield had a female passenger identified as 28-year-old Heather Lucas. Lucas was not detained.

Ehlenfield, who was wanted on a probation violation was found to have a 12 gauge shotgun and several knives, including a machete inside the vehicle. He was arrested for one felony count of possession of a firearm on school grounds and was booked into the Macon County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.

 

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