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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated a ribbon cutting with OnTrack WNC to announce its expansion in Macon County. Funding from the National Mortgage Settlement has allowed the agency to open a new location at the Macon Program for Progress Training Annex in Franklin. Todd Duvall, the Western Area Office Coordinator/Counselor, will provide financial/housing counseling and connect clients to other OnTrack WNC programs.


While he was in college, Western North Carolina resident Nathan Lowe would often play cornhole with his friends. During tailgates or cookouts, friends would hold fun competitions for the lawn game in which players take turns throwing bags at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. To determine the winner in a cornhole match, a bag that reaches the hole scores three points, while a bag on the platform scores one point. Players continue throwing the bags until a two-person team reaches the score of 21.

“I never thought just by playing cornhole that I'd one day run my own cornhole business,” said Lowe. “But that all changed when I began organizing one weekly tournament a week, not for any money but just for fun with my friends.”


Lulu’s on Main has been a staple of the Western North Carolina culinary scene for decades, consistently delivering delicious and healthy alternatives in an area with an overabundance of barbecue and fast food restaurants.

Foodies, locals, summer residents and visitors to the mountains often travel from nearby towns to downtown Sylva just to enjoy the food and casual atmosphere in the dining room or outside on the patio. With its exotic dishes and largely vegetarian and vegan menu, Lulu’s was even voted Southern Living magazine’s “favorite restaurant in the region.”


Organized solely through social media and word of mouth, Venture Local Franklin's cash mobs attract upwards of 40 people for each event. Dozens of people flock to the meeting area 15 minutes before the mob is planned with a $20 bill in hand. Their intent? To provide locally owned businesses with a quick, one time economic boost in sales just by shopping locally.

Venture Local Franklin (VLF) was formed a couple of years ago as a grassroots movement comprised of members of the community sharing the common interest of enhancing Franklin.


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