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Franklin remembers fallen officers

Four lose their lives in the line of duty in 2014

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #81 of Jackson and Macon Counties held the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service last Friday on the courthouse square.

With flags flying and law enforcement officers from across Western North Carolina in attendance, guest speaker Ashley Welch addressed the crowd.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to speak to you, my hometown, today and to honor the servicemen and women who lost their lives protecting us," said Welch. "But I wish I was here under different circumstances. I wish I was just here to thank you for your service and dedication to your community, but unfortunately I am not. I am here to remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty."

Town proposing one cent tax increase

During its annual budget retreat, the town of Franklin presented a budget reflecting a one cent tax increase for the coming year.

Due to the property tax revaluation in Macon County this year, the town's property value declined by $7,281,676 in assessed value, equating to a 1.014 percent reduction. Factoring in the new tax base, the town would need to increase the current tax rate of .27 to .2727 to maintain a revenue neutral budget.

Since 2007, the town of Franklin's tax base has grown on average by 2.07 percent. In applying a growth factor to the town's current tax rate of .2727, to produce a revenue neutral tax rate, the town would need to increase the rate to .2784 cents per $100 valuation.

Tastingers presented piece of steel from WTC

After Stephen Siller lost his life in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, his family set out to honor his life and legacy by establishing The Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Foundation.

One Franklin businessman was honored this week for his support of the Staten Island based charity, and was given a piece of steel from Ground Zero.

Tom Tastinger, of Tastinger's Floor Covering, Carpet One, was presented with a piece of steel from the fallen World Trade Center by Charlie Gussamann, a retired FDNY (Fire Department of New York City) member.

A look at schools budget for past 10 years

How county contributions compare to state allocations.

Over the last 10 years, public education in North Carolina has shifted, as the state's structure has changed in order to accommodate for student enrollment growth, the rise of charter and virtual schools, and other factors that have caused state dollars to be stretched a little further.

Looking at data over the last decade, school enrollment in Macon County has increased by about 250 students. Funding from the state has gone from $20.3 million in 2005 to $24.6 million in 2014 with a difference of more than $3 million between 2008 and 2009. On the local level, beginning in 2007, the county provided $6 million, and by 2014, was up to $7.3 million. After the jump is a look at public education funding in Macon County over the last 10 years.

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Pictured (L-R) are Tony Curtis and Josh Owens, chamber board; Karen Kaleta, owner; Gary Shields, chamber board; Diane Baldwin, chamber’s administrative assistant; Dale West, Jerry Buschmann, D’Anne Maddox and Sean Gibson, chamber board; and Tom Ritter, chamber master.The Franklin Chamber of Commerce welcomed Karen Kaleta Photography/Blue Ridge Art and Design recently with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Owner, Karen Kaleta, offers a wide range of services from photography, design and publishing to event planning and organizational consulting. Kaleta can be reached at (828)369-5663 to set up an appointment.

Photography services includes fine art, natural setting portraits either in your home or location of choice, pet portraits, Event coverage (birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, graduation, races, etc.), residential real estate photography to include visual tour slide shows and advertising shots, as well as commercial and southeastern stock photography for your advertising and marketing needs. Kaleta is available for photography work seven days a week.

Desktop publishing services can be provided for the creation of newsletters, flyers, marketing materials, brochures, postcards, etc. providing work in Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Publisher, Excel, Word Perfect, Corel Draw, Word, Power Point and Illustrator to meet your in-house needs.

To set up an appointment, call (828) 369-5663 or visit the website at www.BlueRidgeArtandDesign.com.





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