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Driving into towns across Western North Carolina, banners are hung across the street to welcome visitors to town, advertise upcoming events, or just pass on important information.

Dillsboro nearly always has a banner across the main road into town, and Sylva often utilizes a banner to promote festivals, and Bryson City does the same. The banners are eye catching and a great way to advertise to the countless number of motorists passing through each day. Although the town of Franklin currently prohibits banners to hang across main street, there was a time when they were allowed. Lifting that ban is something local resident Larry Hollifield hoped the town of Franklin would reconsider, but to his surprise, he was shot down.

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Franklin's newest restaurant opened its doors on Wednesday, offering diners a new, unique upscale dining experience. Serving Southern food with a twist, The Bowery has created a buzz since news broke it would be breathing new life into a vacant main street building.

Despite a huge amount of interest and upwards of $650,000 spent to completely renovate the building and get the doors open to serve dinner, The Bowery's tenure on main street may be short lived.

Monday night, town of Franklin attorney John Henning Jr. presented aldermen with a lease agreement for a strip of property adjacent  to The Bowery owned by the town.

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The Macon County Sheriff's office's newest recruit is starting his career early. At just nine weeks old, MCSO's newest deputy is already training for duty.

Chase is the newest member of the MCSO's K-9 unit. The nine-week-old Belgian Malinois was born Sunday, Nov. 30. MCSO Sergeant Clay Bryson, who heads the county's K-9 unit, donated the pup to the sheriff's department.

"I donated Chase to the Macon County Sheriff's Office and he was picked out of my current litter for his play drive and his lack of fear," said Bryson. "What I mean by that is everything we do in law enforcement we make it a game to the dogs, and the better the play drive they have the longer and harder they will work for their reward or praise. And the lack of fear just means that he doesn’t panic or spook easily to different situations such as riding in a kennel, being on slick floors, hearing loud noises, or being in close proximity to other animals."

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Project expected to take up to two years to complete.

Renovations to the town bridge in Franklin have officially been given a schedule by the N.C. Department of Transportation, with a completion date anticipated sometime in 2018.

The Department of Transportation is in the process of planning an improvement project for the older section of what is known as the town bridge. According to Town Manager Summer Woodard, the DOT plans to acquire easements needed for the project this month, accept bids on the project in March with plans to begin the project in May 2016. Once the project is started, the DOT anticipates it will take 18 months to two years to complete all of the renovations.

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