61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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61st Annual Macon County Fair underway

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Visitors to the fair can see antique farm equipment, displays by area organizations and students, giant pumpkins, homegrown vegetables and lots of animals.

The Macon County Fair is a staple of the fall season and enjoyed by people of all ages.

Photos by Vickie Carpenter and Betsey Gooder

 

 

 

Election profiles: Candidates for N.C. Senate

The Macon County League of Women Voters hosted a candidates forum last Thursday for the 50th senate district of North Carolina. Incumbent Jim Davis and challenger Jane Hipps squared off and fielded questions posed by league members.

Although not a native to Macon County, Sen. Jim Davis got his start in politics as a county commissioner. Davis was born in 1947 in Lynchburg, Virginia. He grew up in a military family, his father a sergeant in the US Air Force, and his mother a homemaker. He has lived on military bases in Virginia, Michigan, Arizona, Delaware, Morocco, and England.

State’s MEC holds last public comment period of ‘fracking’ at WCU

North Carolina's Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) held the last of a fourpart public comment series last Friday at Western Carolina University's Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Proponents and opponents alike were on hand for the event where a panel made up of three members from the MEC listened to concerns from the citizens.

Hydraulic fracturing has been subject of much concern across North Carolina with multiple forums across the state being packed out ever since a moratorium was lifted that would allow the extraction of natural gas by injecting high pressure fluids thousands of feet deep into the ground in order to break up shale formations and release natural gas.

FHS soccer hopes to continue winning streak

The FHS varsity soccer team continued to show its dominance and the reason behind its number one conference ranking on Monday when they took on rival Smoky Mountain Mustangs.

The Panthers shot to a quick lead when they went up 2-0 in the first half. They sealed the win with one more goal in the second and took home the win with a score of 3-0.

The win moved the Panthers to a 7-0 record. They traveled to North Henderson yesterday to take on the 3-5 Knights.

FHS soccer will take the home field again on Monday when they host the East Henderson Eagles.

- published 8/21 (Larry) old link: http://www1.cfnc.org/applications/NC_Community_College/apply.html?application_id=1527

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Full schedule and a pictorial preview

Visitors to the fair can see antique farm equipment, displays by area organizations and students, giant pumpkins, homegrown vegetables and lots of animals.

The Macon County Fair is a staple of the fall season and enjoyed by people of all ages.

Photos by Vickie Carpenter and Betsey Gooder

 

 

 

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The Macon County League of Women Voters hosted a candidates forum last Thursday for the 50th senate district of North Carolina. Incumbent Jim Davis and challenger Jane Hipps squared off and fielded questions posed by league members.

Although not a native to Macon County, Sen. Jim Davis got his start in politics as a county commissioner. Davis was born in 1947 in Lynchburg, Virginia. He grew up in a military family, his father a sergeant in the US Air Force, and his mother a homemaker. He has lived on military bases in Virginia, Michigan, Arizona, Delaware, Morocco, and England.

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North Carolina's Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) held the last of a fourpart public comment series last Friday at Western Carolina University's Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Proponents and opponents alike were on hand for the event where a panel made up of three members from the MEC listened to concerns from the citizens.

Hydraulic fracturing has been subject of much concern across North Carolina with multiple forums across the state being packed out ever since a moratorium was lifted that would allow the extraction of natural gas by injecting high pressure fluids thousands of feet deep into the ground in order to break up shale formations and release natural gas.

Read more...

The FHS varsity soccer team continued to show its dominance and the reason behind its number one conference ranking on Monday when they took on rival Smoky Mountain Mustangs.

The Panthers shot to a quick lead when they went up 2-0 in the first half. They sealed the win with one more goal in the second and took home the win with a score of 3-0.

The win moved the Panthers to a 7-0 record. They traveled to North Henderson yesterday to take on the 3-5 Knights.

FHS soccer will take the home field again on Monday when they host the East Henderson Eagles.

Read more...

Franklin residents and award-winning author/illustrator team Cathryn and John Sill will be signing an array of titles from their acclaimed “About...” series, a collection of nonfiction picture books that introduce children to animal species, Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 12 to 2 p.m. at Little Tennessee River Greenway in the Friends of the Greenway gift and coffee shop (FROGS).

They will also be signing their hilarious field-guide parodies, “A Field Guide to Little-Known and Seldom-Seen Birds of North America” and “Another Field Guide to Little-Known and Seldom- Seen Birds of North America.”

Coffee and refreshments will be served.

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Ten local nonprofits share a total of $40,000.

On Monday night the Town of Franklin's Board of Aldermen continued its meeting from Sept. 2 to address the community funding pool allotment that would be awarded to community organizations. In all, the town had $40,000 to disperse and a total of nine applicants made requests that totaled $45,500.

A change was made to the Franklin Garden Club's request. Instead of funds coming from the funding pool, those funds will come from the town's beautification fund. The reason being that the Franklin Garden Club is not a certified nonprofit as required.

After the change was made, the town was left with $43,000 in total requests. The aldermen were tasked with making adjustments to what was awarded. The Macon County Public Library's request was cut in half because the Reading Rover program provides service to places beyond Franklin. In an attempt to remain fair, a total of $67.50 was subtracted from all of the remaining requests.

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Former DAR Regent delves into her family ancestry.

When Eleanor Kraus decided to relocate to Franklin a number of years ago, she had no way to foresee the convoluted journey upon which she was about to embark. She was leaving her native home of Greenville, S.C., and moving to Franklin to marry Bob Kraus and to make a life in the mountains. Yet, this was only the beginning of her trek. It was much more than moving furniture and personal belongings. She was embarking on an adventure into herself and her ancestry, a journey that would lead back through the branches of her family tree to the 18th century American colonies and to the very beginnings of the quest for freedom and independence from England.

Bob Kraus had left the mountains of his youth and moved away, but later found his way into the mountain community of Franklin, N.C. As the relationship progressed, he told Eleanor that he had left the mountains once in his life and he was not going to leave them again. If they were to be together, she would have to come to Franklin. She agreed to join him in Franklin, thus setting into motion the intricate series of circumstances leading her through her ancestry to the inception of the United States of America and back to the present generation.

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