HAPPY THANKSGIVING! :: click here to view the 2015 Christmas Gift Guide!

Click for Franklin, North Carolina Forecast


Paddling enthusiasts have a new access location along the Little Tennessee River on Lake Emory. The site adds to a growing list of recreation areas and amenities offered by Duke Energy in the Western North Carolina region.

The Franklin Canoe Portage opened earlier this month and includes a canoe/kayak courtesy dock, a gravel parking lot and informational signage.

“We continue to focus on providing new amenities, enhancing access areas, and offering quality recreation facilities to residents and visitors,” said John Crutchfield, Duke Energy director, public safety & recreation strategy planning services.


Five candidates from Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center (LBJCCC) have been selected through a rigorous interviewing process with the Blue Ridge Ranger District of the Chattahoochee- Oconee National Forest to do an eight-week internship in Blairsville, Ga., with the Youth Conservation Corps in partnership with the Greening Youth Foundation which began June 1.

During this internship, students Maurice Cason, Tyshawn Campbell, Alfreda Phillips, Edson Vargas, and Lakendrick Johnson will gain exposure in wildlife fisheries and dispersed recreation management, trail maintenance, as well as fuel and timber management. The Youth Conservation Corps seeks to “inspire and engage volunteers and service participants to conserve our nation’s natural and cultural resources and ensure the sustainability of public lands legacy.”


The U.S. Forest Service held its annual Kids Fishing Day at Cliffside Lake near Highlands on Saturday. The event gives children ages 15 and younger the chance to catch a fish.

Booths and games with prizes were sponsored by the Highlands Recreation Department along with the town of Highlands.

The Cradle of Forestry offered hot dogs to hungry fishermen.

According to organizers the event allows families and friends to share in the fun and quality outdoor time together while learning about one of the nation’s pastimes – fishing.

Kids Fishing Day was planned in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating week May 31-June 7.


The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has announced that sales from the North Carolina Appalachian Trail (A.T.) specialty license plate program have exceeded more than $1 million. Since the program’s inception in 2005, it has funded dozens of trail-related projects in the state of North Carolina.

For each North Carolina specialty A.T. plate that is purchased or renewed, the ATC receives $20. The ATC then awards annual grants to organizations and individuals that help fulfill the ATC’s mission within the state of North Carolina and along its common border with Tennessee. In 2015 alone, the ATC awarded $30,000 for trail and facilities maintenance, environmental monitoring, natural heritage projects and education and community outreach.


Page 7 of 76


Christmas Gift Guide 2015

Grab your copy on newsstands today!  

Macon County News is now on:
Find the Macon County News on Facebook! and Find the Macon County News on twitter!
Facebook   Twitter