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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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Business owners scold town for lack of communication.

Main Street business owners approached the Franklin aldermen Monday night to share their discontent with the lack of communication between town officials and downtown merchants.

The frustration of several downtown businesses stems from a push and shove with town officials regarding the monthly Street- Fest events hosted by Venture Local Franklin and Streets of Franklin. To date, four Street- Fests have been successfully executed on Main Street, without any help or support from town officials. “Four StreetFests were planned, one each month from July to October, the first three bringing approximately 600 people downtown each time,” said Martha Holbrook, owner of Rosebud Cottage. “There was a comfortable, friendly, relaxed hometown atmosphere. Many said they ran into old friends and simply enjoyed browsing through the shops, stopping for food, enjoying the different styles of music played and the dance groups that performed.”

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