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Ordinance against shooting would require a rewrite.

Macon County is home to two shooting ranges, both of which present challenges to the user. The Dirty John shooting range is closer to Nantahala than Franklin, about an hour to an hour and a half round trip for most Franklin residents while Moss Knob, the range on Ellijay, is only slightly closer in distance. Neither are much more than a flat area with a few posts meant to hold up user provided targets, but even those have been so damaged by the guns being shot repeatedly at them that they hardly serve the purpose well anymore. Both ranges require users to travel quite a ways off of the beaten path and both are outdoors.


When we think of solicitors, often we think of phone numbers popping up on our caller I.D. that are usually unrecognizable and therefore receive none of our attention as we push the ignore button. If only it were that simple when the solicitor is approaching your car as you sit at a stop light in the Franklin city limits trying not to make eye contact as he or she extends a bucket for your donation, and you hope the light turns green quickly.

This may not be an overwhelming issue in Franklin, but none the less there are moments throughout the year where individuals soliciting funds for their chosen cause may be out in force and in response, town officials may look to form some guidelines for these groups or individuals to follow.


Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Investigators were able to make several charges on individuals in regards to property crimes in the Glenville and Cashiers area of Jackson County which have occurred over the past month. Some individuals have been charged and arrested. Others still have outstanding warrants.

For those with outstanding warrants noted below, please contact Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Crimestoppers at (828) 631-1125 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The Highway Patrol ended its Operation Slow Down campaign on Sunday, March 31. The campaign which began on Monday, March 25, was focused on reducing speed related collisions on North Carolina highways. The campaign was conducted in combination with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program No Need to Speed campaign.

Speed remains the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in North Carolina as well as across the country. Last year the Highway Patrol investigated 1,801 fatal collisions on North Carolina. Of those, 245 deaths were contributed to speed, compared to 244 deaths in 2011.


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