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Meeting will generate ideas for future trails and greenways

The Southwestern Commission will be hosting a two hour public workshop on Wednesday, September 19 as part of a Regional Trails Plan underway for seven counties in Western North Carolina. The workshop begins at 5:30 at the Franklin Town Hall.

The workshop will focus on generating ideas for future trails in Macon County, including a discussion on potential future greenways, existing greenways, mountain bike trails and hiking trails.


The N.C. Department of Transportation is challenging North Carolinians to step outside their comfort zone and try walking, biking or riding the bus to a destination that they may normally drive to on a regular basis.

The “WalkBikeNC Challenge” runs through the months of September and October. The challenge encourages people to walk, ride a bike or a take a bus to a destination, then write about their experience on the online forum


Nature moves in on Macon County resident.

Living in the mountains, folks are liable to encounter all manner of wildlife, bears in the recent past and deer, and smaller game like rabbits, groundhogs and squirrels that become regulars in their backyards. Enthusiastic nature lovers will often seek to attract wildlife by putting out species-appropriate food like birdseed for birds or corn for the native white-tail deer. Few, however, have made hard and fast friends by hitting them with a car.

Gene Schley was nearly home one day last April when a grouse flew up and collided with the hood of his car. Concerned for the welfare of whatever he hit, he got out of his car to investigate. The bird was sitting in a ditch, appeared to be dazed, but otherwise didn’t seem to have suffered any potential lifethreatening injury.


Team U.S.A. recently announced its new head coach. Paul Bourcq, of Franklin, will be bringing the top six youth anglers from Team USA to the World Championships in Mende, France. This team was able to win a Gold Medal at the worlds in Italy last year, the first time the United States has ever won gold in its 25-year history in the event. Team USA is excited to have Bourcq on board. His experience with non-profit and leadership will allow Team USA to continue to grow.

Before coaching for Team USA Bourcq was a well-respected member and Team Captain of the North Carolina Fly Fishing Team. The NCFFT was the nation’s first non-Profit fly fishing team.


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