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On Tuesday night, as they did last year, local non-profit organizations gathered in front of the Franklin Board of Aldermen to request a piece of the $40,000 that has been set aside for the community funding pool.

Often, the requesting organizations are in dire need of the funds. They reason with officials by describing their need and how the money will alleviate said need. Once all of the information is gathered and mulled over then the aldermen will decide who gets funds and how much. The rules that have been established for an organization to receive funding are that an organization must be a nonprofit, funding will not be on a reoccurring basis, the organization must meet the public purpose doctrine, and all of the awarded funding must be spent in the fiscal year. Also, an applicant may not receive more than $5,000.

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The national celebration of Constitution Week Sept. 17-23, is a weeklong commemoration of America’s most important document and one of our country’s least known official observances. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those inalienable rights to every American.

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on Aug. 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The aims of the celebration are to (1) emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and (3) encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

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Western Carolina University’s Public Policy Institute and Department of Political Science and Public Affairs are seeking questions from Western North Carolina voters to be asked during a series of debates in September and October.

Questions relevant to the races for the U.S. House of Representatives District 11, N.C. House of Representatives District 119 and N.C. Senate District 50 should be submitted to the Public Policy Institute prior to each debate. Questions must be submitted by registered voters in the district, should be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and must include the name of the sender and the county of residence.

The WCU Political Debate Series will get under way Thursday, Sept. 4, with opponents for the U.S. House of Representatives District 11 – incumbent Mark Meadows (R-Jackson) and challenger Tom Hill (D-Henderson). The debate will be held in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center on the WCU campus.

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Macon County residents will take to the polls this November to cast their ballot to fill multiple offices up for reelection. Candidates for commission seats, school board, and other local, state and national seats will be appearing on the ballot this year. With early voting starting Oct. 23, The Macon County News will begin running weekly profiles of each open seat.

Macon County Register of Deeds

Jamie Cochran filed to run for Macon County’s Register of Deeds office to serve the people of the community in which he was born and raised.

“I currently serve the citizens of Macon County in various roles. I felt like it was time for a new face and new ideas in this position,” said Cochran.

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