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Various town government departments submit monthly reports to the town of Franklin Board of Aldermen. The board receives the reports as part of their monthly agenda packet. The information details the works of the town and different departments in Franklin.

Franklin Police Department
The police department responded to 827 calls from Feb. 24, until March 30. Of the 141 reports filed, 44 were accidents, 32 were arrests, and 71 were incident/ investigations. Enforcement actions during the time period included 32 arrests, 72 citations, 35 criminal papers obtained, and 24 warning citations.

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The clock is ticking for the 2015 elections, with just three months left before the filing period opens in Macon County. Both the town of Franklin and the town of Highlands have several seats up for election, with filing for either board opening at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 6, and running until noon on Friday, July 17.

In Franklin, four seats are open and includes three aldermen positions and the office of mayor. The aldermen up for election include Verlin Curtis, Farrell Jamison, and Joyce Handley. When asked via email if they had made plans to run for re-election, Handley stated that she had not yet made a decision. Curtis and Farrell did not respond.

Mayor Bob Scott, who is currently serving his first term, was affirmative in his plans to once again seek office, citing more work needing to be done.

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Want to know what's happening in Franklin this summer? Visitors and residents will soon be able to look to the sky to find out what is coming up. Monday night, with unanimous support from the Franklin Board of Aldermen, the issue regarding hanging banners gained momentum, moving it one step closer to official approval.

Franklin business owner Larry Hollifield brought the issue before the board earlier this year hoping to convince town leadership to reconsider a policy that specifically prohibited banners from being hung across Main Street. Hollifield was tasked by aldermen with forming a committee to establish a revised policy concerning banners and presented the new terms to board members during their April meeting.

Hollifield worked with other business owners to define appropriate banners as special event advertising displayed by non-profits or a group of businesses to promote events that benefit the downtown area. The banners would be hung in one specific location, that would need approval from the Department of Transportation. Hollifield noted that the suggested location be the second cross walk when topping so-called town hill at a height of 20 feet to avoid interference with semi-trucks.

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North Carolina’s statewide unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) was 5.7 percent in February. This was a 0.2 of a percentage-point decrease from January’s revised rate, and a 1.2 percentage-point decline over the year. Over the month, the unemployment rate decreased in 89 counties, while increasing in five and remaining unchanged in six.

Thirty-nine counties had unemployment rates at or below the state’s 5.7 percent rate.

Graham and Hyde counties recorded February’s highest unemployment rate at 14.2 percent, followed by Dare at 13.7 percent, and Tyrrell at 11.9 percent. Orange County had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.2 percent, followed by Buncombe at 4.3 percent, Wake at 4.4 percent and Chatham at 4.5 percent.

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