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2015 Memorial Day Observance

One of the largest crowds in recent memory gathered at the Macon County Veterans Memorial park for the annual Memorial Day Celebration.

Veteran Navy Captain Tierian (Randy) Cash was the guest speaker for the event.

“Today is a bittersweet day, we get together, we cry, we laugh,” said Cash. “I am convinced if everyone really understood the sacrifice of the one million Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice there wouldn’t be any cars on the road, they would all be here.”

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County manager submits ‘conservative’ budget

Building the county’s financial stability while facing uncertain legislative challenges seems to be the common theme throughout the 2015-16 budget planning process. County Manager Derek Roland presented commissioners with a $46.6 million budget last Thursday night, and in a two and a half hour work session on Tuesday, commissioners hashed out the details.

The budget was proposed at $46,646,357, with balanced revenues and expenditures. The proposed budget, while less than the 2013-14 levels, exhibits an increase over the current fiscal year.

From building upgrades to new shops, business is booming in Franklin

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.

FHS Booster Club hosts 33rd Annual Athletic Awards ceremony

The Franklin High School Athletic Booster Club presented its 33rd Annual FHS Athletic Awards Ceremony Thursday, May 21.

Athletes were recognized for athletic accomplishments as well as scholarly pursuits and awarded local scholarships.

Among the awards and scholarships given were: The Parker Mathis Scholarship; Walter Scruggs Scholarship; Brandon Stiwinter Scholarship; Booster Club Scholarship; Tom Raby Scholarhsip and (not pictured) Stan Sloan Scholarship, which was awarded to Harrison Conner and Cameron Roper.

 

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Roy Owenby will talk about his book “The Owl Knows” Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m. at the Jackson County Public Library.Local author Roy Owenby will present a talk about his novel “The Owl Knows” on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m., in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex. This program is free of charge.

“The Owl Knows” is an Appalachian Trail mystery set in Macon County. Two female teachers are hiking the Trail, when one is murdered and the other mysteriously disappears. The plot thickens as local law enforcement, aided by the FBI, begin to unravel the mystery.

Author Roy Owenby, was born in Nantahala. A Navy veteran, he graduated from Appalachian State University at age 40.

Local author Roy Owenby will present a talk about his novel “The Owl Knows” on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m., in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex. This program is free of charge.

“The Owl Knows” is an Appalachian Trail mystery set in Macon County. Two female teachers are hiking the Trail, when one is murdered and the other mysteriously disappears. The plot thickens as local law enforcement, aided by the FBI, begin to unravel the mystery.

Author Roy Owenby, was born in Nantahala. A Navy veteran, he graduated from Appalachian State University at age 40. After 35 years in various supervisory and management positions, he currently works part-time for the N.C. Department of Commerce. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Israel and Europe. He is a featured writer for the Burningtown News, an online newspaper. He has written more than 200 short stories, many of which will be featured in an upcoming book entitled “Taters, Corn Shellers and Lard Buckets,” a caricature of Southern Appalachian life.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. For more information, call the JCPL at (828)586-2016.





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