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This past Saturday officers from the Macon County Sheriff's Office, the Franklin Police Department, the Highlands Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation conducted a “medicine drop” for people to dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medications.

According to Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland, about 84,000 prescription pills were collected in the Franklin area and another 15,000 in Highlands.

“Basically, I can guarantee that about 100,000 pills will not be reaching the streets,” said Holland. “Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem all across the nation and this is one of the steps we can take to prevent it.”

Despite welcoming the first day of Spring last week, residents in Western North Carolina took advantage of the continuing cold weather to raise money for local charities. Deemed the “Polar Plunge,” hundreds of people across western North Carolina have been committing to dive into ice cold waters as a challenge to encourage donations for local organizations and charities.

From helping raise money to build a church in Africa, to scholarship funds, or just helping a neighbor who has been plagued with cancer, whatever the cause, residents are taking the plunge.


In honor of Vietnam Veterans Day, VVA Chapter #994 will conduct a wreath laying ceremony, three volley rifle salutes and the playing of taps. The ceremony will take place Saturday, March 29, at 2 p.m. at Franklin Town Hall during the Trail Days festival. On display will be crosses with the names of 49 men from the seven western North Carolina counties who lost their lives in Vietnam.

Veterans walking the Appalachian Trail will be in attendance and VVA Chapter #994 invites all veterans and their families to attend. The VVA will also have a booth at the Trail Days festival, with T-shirts, raffle tickets and membership information. All funds raised go to help veterans and their families.


Cristen Dando spoke at the Franklin Kiwanis meeting on March 11, about the youth activities being offered at the Macon County Public Library. From toddlers to teens, children are invited to participate in activities all year long.

The library has formed reading and activity clubs for children of various ages.

  • The Adventure Club is for kindergarten to second grade.
  • A book club is for grades 3 – 5.
  • The Science Club is for kindergarten through grade 6.
  • A “Lego” club is open to kids of all ages.


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