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About five years ago, Franklin became the first town along the Appalachian Trail to be designated as a trail town. Now, following in Franklin's footsteps, more than 30 towns from Georgia to Maine have earned that designation and have started shaping their town to best accommodate hikers.

With 47 miles of the Appalachian Trail within Macon County and Franklin falling just 111 miles north of the AT's trailhead at Springer Mountain, Ga., Franklin makes for the ideal stopping point for hikers to resupply before heading to the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Wesser, N.C.

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Major league ballparks across the country opened on Monday as baseball season was officially kicked off. It won't be long before Macon County's own ball fields will have the greenest grasses, the smoothest baselines, and perfectly sculpted mounds ready for pitchers of all ages to take the stage at the Parker Meadows recreation complex.

With stadium lights being hoisted up, all underground electric work completed, and the pump house updated, ball players in Macon County are expected to have their gloves in the dirt by summer.

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Various town government departments submit monthly reports to the town of Franklin Board of Aldermen. The board receives the reports as part of their monthly agenda packet. The information details the works of the town and different departments in Franklin.

Franklin Police Department
The police department responded to 827 calls from Feb. 24, until March 30. Of the 141 reports filed, 44 were accidents, 32 were arrests, and 71 were incident/ investigations. Enforcement actions during the time period included 32 arrests, 72 citations, 35 criminal papers obtained, and 24 warning citations.

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The clock is ticking for the 2015 elections, with just three months left before the filing period opens in Macon County. Both the town of Franklin and the town of Highlands have several seats up for election, with filing for either board opening at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 6, and running until noon on Friday, July 17.

In Franklin, four seats are open and includes three aldermen positions and the office of mayor. The aldermen up for election include Verlin Curtis, Farrell Jamison, and Joyce Handley. When asked via email if they had made plans to run for re-election, Handley stated that she had not yet made a decision. Curtis and Farrell did not respond.

Mayor Bob Scott, who is currently serving his first term, was affirmative in his plans to once again seek office, citing more work needing to be done.

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