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The new year is a great time to get yourself pointed in the right direction financially.

“Making small improvements at the beginning of the year is a lot easier than trying to play catch-up,” says financial planner Rick Rodgers, author of “The New Three-Legged Stool: A Tax Efficient Approach To Retirement Planning” (www.TheNewThreeLeggedStool.com).

“Just as you would embark on an exercise program to lose weight and get physically fit, there are simple steps you can take that will lead to being financially healthy and fit.”


Macon Bank will hold a grand opening celebration on Thursday, Jan. 17, to officially celebrate the completion of their new retail mortgage office named Macon Bank Mortgage, in Blue Ridge, Ga. The public is invited to the grand opening celebration from 4 to 6 p.m., with food, drinks and door prizes. The bank recently opened the office to handle mortgages in the northeast Georgia, and Western North Carolina markets. The office is located at 3595 East First Street, in the heart of Blue Ridge.

Macon Bank has served the communities of Western North Carolina for 90 years, and is now expanding to serve the areas of Ellijay, Blairsville and Blue Ridge, Georgia and southwest North Carolina, handling mortgages only.


Now that the housing market has finally begun to stabilize and interest rates remain at historically low levels, more and more homebuyers and sellers are dipping their toes back in the water.

If you're planning to sell your home, you need to understand the tax implications of selling a home as well as be aware of structural and cosmetic flaws in your home and neighborhood that could undermine your asking price or keep the property languishing on the market for months.


At the request of merchants in Franklin, the Town Board of Aldermen hosted an informal meeting to open dialogue between the town and its merchants. During the November meeting of the Town Board, several downtown merchants addressed the board to express their frustration and discontent with the lack of communication between town officials and downtown merchants.

Mayor Joe Collins called a meeting to hear from both sides in order to reach an agreement and find common ground for the betterment of Franklin.

Alderman Sissy Patillo, who serves with Alderman Joyce Handley as a liaison to Franklin's Main Street Program, opened the conversation by asking the merchants in attendance what they wanted. “After you spoke at the last meeting, we know you have concerns, but I am not sure what you want,” said Patillo. “I am not sure what you are asking us for.”


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