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On Monday, Sept. 28, Macon County 9-1-1 completed successful testing and implementation of Text-to-9-1-1. Verizon, AT&T, and U.S. Cellular are the only cell phone carriers that are capable of sending texts to 9-1- 1 at this time. This includes Straight-talk phones.

Text or SMS messaging uses a separate network for communication than voice calls. In times where the voice network is down, overused, or non-existent, a text message can still possibly get thru to the 9-1-1 dispatch center.

Macon County hopes to help the deaf and hard of hearing residents and visitors of the county as well as anyone that may be on the fringe areas of cell phone coverage where a voice call may not be able to reach the 9-1-1 dispatch center. Text-to-9-1-1 will also help serve those who are in a situation where the circumstances are such that calling 9-1-1 is not an option.


Municipal Election for the Town of Franklin and the Town of Highlands is Nov. 3, 2015. This election is for the registered voters of the municipalities of Franklin and Highlands. The ballot will include offices for the following: Town of Franklin Mayor, Town of Franklin Alderman and the Town of Highlands Commissioners. This is not a countywide election.

The polls will be open for voting on Election Day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Eligible residents who are not registered to vote or those registered that need to make changes must do so by Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 at 5 p.m.


With more than half a million dollars missing from the budget over the last four years, Macon County Public Health Director Jim Bruckner informed the Board of Health that the N.C. Health Directors Association was moving forward with a law suit against the state for withholding the funds.

Other than a check for $33,000 that Macon County received last week, the North Carolina Department of Medicaid Assistance (DMA) hasn't paid counties in the state the correct amount of Medicaid Cost Settlement Funds since 2011, which leaves $600,000 owed to Macon County.

In July, Bruckner first made the board of health aware of the situation and explained that the problem dates back to 2011 because the methodology used to determine Medicaid Cost Settlements was changed.


Project set to be completed in time for PumpkinFest.

Within the next month, the crosswalks across Main Street in Franklin are poised to get a facelift. With a unanimous vote Monday night, the town of Franklin Board of Aldermen approved seven new thermoplastic crosswalks for Main Street.

The crosswalks will replace the existing crosswalks along main street and will resemble the brick pavers currently in place in front of the town's gazebo. The town approved a contract in the amount of $27,298 with Oliver Paving Company out of Charlotte. According to Franklin Town Manager Summer Woodard, the company has a three to four week lag before the project can begin, but once started, Oliver Paving will take about three days to complete the work, which will be done primarily at night to minimize interference with traffic.


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