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Craft beer in Franklin didn’t just come to town, it moved into the old Town Hall. Lazy Hiker Brewing Co. has transformed the former town hall and fire department into a fully functioning production craft brewery complete with taproom, patio on Main Street, and outdoor event space.

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon- cutting celebration on their official opening day. The brewery is the first of its kind for Franklin and continues the expansion and success of craft beer in Western North Carolina.

Craft beer has reinvented the brewing industry in the past 30 years. By the end of the 1970s, brewing in the U.S. was being done by a small number of corporations producing an even smaller selection of styles.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome NCWorks to their new location at 23 Macon Avenue. Dale West and her staff are located in the rear of the Macon County Courthouse Annex along with Southwestern Community College.

Our Local Workforce office offers services and resources that can help you seek employment, maximizing your job search efforts. In addition to assisting job seekers, the staff of NCWorks works with employers in our area in an effort to match them up with those seeking employment. “We are a one-stop online resource for job seekers and employers in Macon County. Job seekers can search for jobs, create resumes, and find education and training. Employers can find candidates, post jobs and search labor market information. No matter your circumstance, our office is here to help you.” says Dale West, Manager. “We appreciate Macon County for providing this office location so that we can continue to serve the folks here in Macon County.”

The office is open Monday through Friday 8 am until 5 pm. For more information you can visit their website at www.NCWorks.com or give them a call at (828)369-9534.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension in cooperation with NCDA & CS will hold a pesticide licensing exam in Macon County on Wednesday, June 10. The exam will be held at the Macon County Cooperative Extension Center, 193 Thomas Heights Road, and will begin at 1 p.m. Space is limited; call the Extension Center at (828)349-2049 to reserve a space for the exam.

The cost of the core exam is $50, and each category exam is $20. Participants should arrive by 12:30 to allow time for sign in and payment. Payment may be made in cash but a check is preferred. A yearly license fee of $75 is required to activate the license.

Those planning to test should purchase a core study manual and a study manual for the category they will be testing in.


Franklin's business landscape is undergoing some big changes, a sign that maybe better times are ahead for the local economy.

Franklin’s Main Street is bustling, with the biggest problem these days being findind a parking space on either end of the street. New shops have found their homes along Main Street, and after hours, the sidewalks are actually lined with visitors, something Franklin’s main street has long since struggled to do consistently.

But main street isn’t the only thing changing. From both ends of Franklin, older buildings such as the Dan’s Auto building or Ace Hardware have gotten a facelift, with new store fronts and more shopper friendly parking lots.


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