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The Franklin Lions Club is going into a very busy season and we will once again be calling on the support of this fine community. We recently held a White Cane Candy Day. We appreciated the donations put in our white buckets as we stood at various intersections in town. This money will go strictly to assist those in need of eye exams and glasses. We are in the process of our summer Film Festival campaign. This year in co-operation with the Ruby Cinemas, the Children’s Film Festival will run for 11 weeks.

Family friendly entertainment will be provided every Tuesday and Thursday with movie showings at 10 a.m. and noon. Our letters asking for donations will be in the mail any time now. If anyone would like to help promote this activity for the children, you may take a contribution to the theater or give to any Lion member.


Macon Pride is the volunteer group working with Joel Ostroff, Macon County Recycling Coordinator to promote the reuse and recycling of products we use every day. Amazingly, 98 percent of what we consider “throwaway packaging” can be reused in some way – goods made into other useful items plus saving money for the taxpayers and make our community more attractive and sustainable. A recent display at the Macon Library showed many of those areas.

Macon Pride recognizes businesses/organizations/churches that are doing the right thing to recycle, giving each a “Proud to Recycle Here” sticker to be displayed in their front window or door. As you shop or attend functions, see if you spot one of those stickers and tell them you are proud of them for recycling. Everyone needs a pat on the back for a job well done.


I saw in the paper where teachers might not have a job anymore. Well, what about the Lottery monies? I thought all schools got a part of it. I guess I was wrong. It’s the counties that have more people in them. Well, all schools should get a fair part of that money. It’s a shame that kids in this county have to suffer because of schools on the coast.

Every county should get a percentage of all Lottery sales. Do the right thing and give these teachers their money. Maybe then they won’t be out asking people to fill school buses.

I, for one, think it’s up to the parent to supply paper, notebook and something to write with. Everything else should be bought through the school.

Vickie Ammons — Franklin, N.C.

In 2010, the Macon County Board of Commissioners, under the leadership of then Chairman Ronnie Beale, voted to raise property taxes by 1.5 mils, or approximately $1,400,000.

In the depths of terrible economic conditions with many folks losing their jobs, many homes in foreclosure, many filing for bankruptcy, the county commission raised your property taxes.

Each year since, the county has collected approximately an additional $1,400,000 as a result of that tax increase. The increase wasn’t needed; it hasn’t been spent. It sits in the county’s treasury, instead of your bank account or paying your bills.


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