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With autumn in full swing, Franklin area businesses have adopted some unofficial mascots at the height of the leaflooker season.

“We’ve had some calls over the last few weeks of a black bear cub in the area of [Macon Program for Progress], Mc- Donalds and Pizza Hut,” said Animal Control Officer John Hook on Monday, adding that bear sightings have been reported in the areas of Riverview Heights, Highlands Road and Harrison Avenue, to name a few. “We haven’t had any problems with the cub or any of the other bears sighted around town.”


Coalition launches EvolveEnergy Partnership

Clean energy is America’s future, and Western North Carolina is at the forefront. To support these efforts, economic development, government, business and education leaders are coming together to make the region a clean energy cluster.

Called the EvolveEnergy Partnership, the initiative was launched Monday, Oct. 17, in downtown Asheville. Landof- Sky Regional Council in partnership with AdvantageWest Economic Development Group is leading the 31-county effort. The coalition also includes four other regional councils of government in WNC: the High Country Council of Governments in Boone, Isothermal Planning and Development Commission in Rutherfordton, the Southwestern Commission in Sylva and Western Piedmont Council of Governments in Hickory. It also includes the counties of the former Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments in Winston- Salem.


Students from Mountain View Intermediate School in Franklin took part in an outing on Monday at Standing Indian campground.

Activities included hiking, orienteering and leadership skills.

Photo by Bob Scott




First WNC OutdoorAthlon festival goers get in on outdoor action

It was all outdoor fun last weekend, as the first annual WNC OutdoorAthlon made its debut at Cullasaja Park in Franklin.

Four months in the making, the Athlon showcased Franklin’s outdoor resources and culture by holding an event exhibiting a number of outdoor activities such as free fly-fishing, kayaking and rock climbing lessons, as well as introductory lessons on biking, hiking, disc golf, and pilates. The Oct. 8 and 9 event was held under clear skies and warm autumn weather.


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