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After being given a list of local organizations requesting grants from the town's nonprofit funding pool two weeks ago, members of the Franklin Town Board of Aldermen spent Monday discussing each grant request and how to stretch the $40,000 budget allocation to cover the 13 applications which totaled $66,000.

First, the board of aldermen arranged the non-profit requests into alphabetical order and then went down the list one-by-one to discuss each request. The board took each request and either funded the full amount requested and the maximum amount allowed of $5,000, which they did for three organizations, REACH, KIDS Place, and Habitat for Humanity, or decreased the amount requested enough to ensure that each qualified organization received funds.

Halfway through the process, Alderman Farrell Jamison noted that the board was running out of available non-profit funding and the organizations that were lower on the list were going to get less based on how they appeared on the list alphabetically.


United States currency may not be the only place to find the national motto, "In God We Trust," in Macon County. Macon County Commissioners could vote as early as October on whether or not to add the motto to public buildings at the request of the U.S. Motto Action Committee.

Last week, former Davidson County commissioner and current member of the U.S. Motto Action Committee Kevin Lanier spoke to Macon officials about adding the motto to public buildings in the county. Lanier spoke on behalf of the action committee who have been petitioning local governments across the state to display the motto since 2002 when Davidson County voted to do so.


Electricity will be shut off if violations go uncorrected.

Over the last couple of months, volunteers and members of Father's House located on Jim Mann Road have been working to bring the facility up to code in hopes of avoiding being shut down by the county.

Earlier this summer, citing building and environmental issues at Father's House, which operates as a church and homeless shelter, Macon County officials advised the center's pastor, Lowell Monteith, that the power would be shut off to the building if the violations were not corrected by month's end. While the building was not brought up to compliance, the county was unable to cut the power to the operation because the building's electricity was connected to neighboring buildings.

While the county debated their next move, members of Father's House have been taking advantage of the extra time to improve the facility in hopes of meeting the county's requirements. Dr. Gordon Mercer, church member and WCU professor, updated commissioners last Tuesday to let them know of the improvements made to the shelter.


When Congressman Mark Meadows first sought to represent the 11th Congressional District, he ran on the promise of improving constituent services throughout the 17 counties he represents. Now in his second term, Congressman Meadows stands true to that mission and last Wednesday spent the day visiting with residents of Macon County.

"The best way to know what people in my district need and want is to ask them," Meadows said last week. "And one of the best ways to do that is to be in the district and to see folks face-to-face and to really listen to their concerns."


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