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As the NCAA basketball tournament was in full swing on Saturday afternoon, two of the proprietors of the Rathskeller Coffee Haus could be overheard discussing local brews with some visitors who had stopped by to ask about a local brewery. Adam Kimsey and his wife Natasha described to the visiting couple the various breweries that are located around Western North Carolina.

“But there's not one here in Franklin?” the couple asked.

Another patron at the coffee house chimed in and informed them that next summer, hopefully there would be. The patron was referencing a decision made last week by the Franklin Board of Aldermen to allow a proposed lease for Lazy Hiker Brewing Company to enter into an upset bid process — the first step towards establishing the business.


Liberty Tax Service of Franklin contributed $250 to Macon County Care Network (CareNet) on Monday, March 10.

The donation is part of an ongoing fundraiser by Liberty Tax to provide assistance to the nonprofit organization for its many community programs.

Through the April 15 filing deadline, customers at Liberty Tax can get a $25 discount and request that another $25 is contributed to CareNet.

With its slogan “Bridging the Gap in Times of Crisis,” Macon County Care Network (CareNet) operates a Food Pantry and the CareNet Thrift Store, runs the BackPack Program for children each year, distributes the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and operates the CareNet Soup Cafe.


Tim Dannelly, a professional speaker and author, will present two free classes for small business owners on March 25 at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus.

The classes, which are organized by SCC’s Small Business Center, will focus on cash flow and sales processes. The cash flow presentation will run from 9 a.m. to noon while his second session, entitled: “Fastest Path to the Money Your Business Needs” is from 2-5 p.m.

Based in Edenton, Dannelly travels the country making presentations to people in leadership roles. Tim Dannelly, an author and professional speaker, will present a pair of free classes for small business owners on March 25 at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus.

For more information, contact Tiffany Henry – director of SCC’s Small Business Center – at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 828.339.4211.


Medical device manufacturer CareFusion will pay more than $500,000 to North Carolina to resolve allegations that it defrauded the state’s Medicaid program, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced.

The recoveries for North Carolina are part of a $40.1 million multi-state settlement that also includes the federal government. The settlement resolves allegations that CareFusion improperly promoted and marketed its surgical preparation solution Chloraprep and concealed kickbacks to a doctor who promoted the drug.

“Using trickery to sell medical products diverts tax dollars for treatments that aren’t approved as safe and effective,” Cooper said. “This kind of fraud cheats Medicaid and also drives up health care costs for everyone.”


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