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Franklin Mayor Joe Collins joined the Franklin Noon Day Rotary in honoring lifelong Macon County resident and businessman J.C. Jacobs on Wednesday afternoon for Jacobs’ dedication and service to the Macon County community.

“Part of the vocational service this year is to honor business men and women who have contributed to our town and community while operating their business,” said Bill McGaha, Vocational Service Director for Rotary.

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Regional merchants gathered last weekend at the community building on Hwy. 441 S. for the Gem Capitol Shows gun show.

The next Gun Show will be held in Murphy, N.C. Dec. 1 and 2.

 

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During a special called meeting of the Macon County Board of Education last Thursday, the board announced that Franklin High School Principal Dr. Chris Baldwin has be named the next superintendent for the school district.

Baldwin said he was humbled by the opportunity and excited to have the chance to serve.

“It’s a great responsibility,” said Baldwin. “I pledge to do my very best for our students and our schools, because there is no better school system, or better place to live than Macon County. I thank the school board for their confidence in me.”

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With budget cuts across every level and in every department in state and federal government, the federal allotment for heating assistance is one of the many things that have become scarce for those in need.

According to Shania Adkins, Executive Director for CareNet, after four days of taking applications, more than half of the federal funds available for heating assistance to Maconians is gone.

“We started taking applications on Nov. 1 and after two days we had received 121 applications and allocated out $44,000,” said Adkins, who has been the director for CareNet only since June. “The latest numbers show that after four days and 174 applications, we have used $59,000 of the $99,000 available.

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