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North Carolina author speaks at 5th annual event

Macon County School’s hosted the 5th annual Family Literacy Night last Thursday at Mountain View Intermediate for students throughout the district in kindergarten through sixth grades.

The theme for this year’s event was “One Family ... Many Stories,” and was centered around the importance of preserving family heritage.

Dr. Gloria Houston, a North Carolina children's book author, was the guest speaker for the evening and was accompanied by her mother, Ruth.


Business license fees not comparable to others.

Getting a tattoo in Macon County can be an expensive endeavor. But for tattoo artists, working at their profession can be equally pricey.

In the state of North Carolina, each county sets its own annual fee for tattoo licensing through the local board of health. In Macon County, the cost is $700 for a parlor owner and $500 for every artist therein. According to local tattoo artists, that is just too high.

“It’s pretty ridiculous if you think about it,” said Tony Mingacci, owner of Estelle Tattoo Parlour in Franklin. “Comparatively, anywhere else it’s anywhere from $100 to $250. I don’t understand why they keep it so high for just a few businesses.”


Rachel Conley and Robert Thomson III will be united in holy matrimony this June.

The groom-elect is the son of Robert Thomson Jr. of Hayesville, and Tammy Thomson of Sylva.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Terry Conley of Blairsville, Ga. and the late Elaine Conley of Blairsville.

They enjoy traveling and their two cats.

Robert is the Scoutmaster of Troop 407.

In December 2011, Rachel graduated from Georgia Southern University, earning her BA in Writing and Linguistics and minor in Psychology.

The Franklin and Otto Post Offices took part in the National Association of Letter Carriers food drive on Saturday, May 12.

Letter carriers in more than 10,000 communities across the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands collected non-perishable food items and delivered them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters.

More than 120 million postcards were mailed to customers in towns and cities throughout America informing them about the food drive.


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