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There’s Gonna be a Recount
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Last week’s primary results resulted in a new Sheriff elected in Macon County. However It does look like a recount on the votes has been called for. Lt. Brent Holbrooks defeated fellow colleague Derek Jones by only 54 votes which ended up being less than 1 percent difference. The state law allows a candidate to call for a recount if [...] The...
Community Calendar for May 26, 2022
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Manna Food Bank is now at Bethel United Methodist Church. To reserve a food box, call (828)634-1116 and leave a message with the following information: your first name and last initial; phone number to confirm pick-up time; number of people in your family; if there are allergies in the family; and any specialty items you […] The post Community...
Church News for May 26, 2022
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Spiritual Light Center on Sunday, May 29, 11 a.m., Michael Murphy Burke  will share.  Yoga will not be held on Monday, May 30th there will be no yoga.    Wednesday a movie is shown at 3 p.m. and then out to eat afterward. The church is located at 80 Heritage Hollow Dr., behind the Gazebo Restaurant.  For […] The post Church News for May...
Gems mining a decades-long tradition in Macon County
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Deena C. Bouknight – Contributing Writer Gem mines are prevalent in Franklin, and indeed, throughout Macon County, and surrounding counties for good reason. Tourist attractions for generations, gem mines actually deliver on myriad gems because the geological forces that made the mountains involved the right amount of applied heat and pressure...
Book touts historical figures who influenced culture
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Deena C. Bouknight – Contributing Writer Words, written and spoken, can effect change. And that is exactly the focus of local writer David Stearns’ 2022 self-published book, “Bucking the System.” Stearns, an Otto resident and a member of the Bascom: A Center for the Arts’ writer’s group, Stearns has been working on his non-fiction book...
Food truck options are varied and unique in and around Franklin
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Deena C. Bouknight – Contributing Writer Food trucks are expected during festivals and events, but in the past few years permanently located food trucks have become common in Macon County at breweries, gas stations, and others spots. Even recently, the Franklin Food Truck Park opened up on Siler Road with Brain Freeze Fun, offering frozen […]...
HIGHTS is opportunity for struggling youth in Macon County
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Deena C. Bouknight – Contributing Writer Nightly news reports point to youth in crisis in this country. Recently, a 2022 Mental Health America report stated that more than 2.5 million youth in the U.S. currently suffer from severe depression, and the rate of substance use in youth – and suicidal thoughts or actions – have increased.  In...
School board informed on career and technical education classes
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Diane Peltz – Contributing Writer During the regularly scheduled Macon County school board meeting on Monday night, Colleen Strickland, principal of Virtual School Academy and Director of CTE, Testing and Accountability, gave an update regarding CTE (Career and Technical Education) classes.  Strickland referred to the three R’s, Reopening,...
Rotary Club observes EMS Week
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Brittney Lofthouse – Contributing Writer Macon County Emergency Services coordinator Todd Doster said that the county’s emergency services sees an average increase of 3 percent in call volumes from year to year… until 2021 when Macon County Emergency Services experienced a surge of calls, with a 21 percent spike over the prior year. From 2019...
Dereck Jones requests recount in sheriff’s race
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On Thursday, May 19, 2022 the Board of Elections office received an official “Notice of Recount Request” of the 2022 Primary Election ballots from candidate Dereck E. Jones. Unofficial election results on Tuesday, May 17, reported Dereck Jones trailed in the Sheriff election to Brent Holbrooks by 54 votes. Because the margin of victory was...
Missing persons report turns into homicide investigation
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Brittney Lofthouse – Contributing Writer Derek McCrackin, Jessica Smith, and Christopher Shields have been arrested and are in custody in Rabun County, Georgia awaiting extradition to Macon County in connection to a homicide investigation launched on Friday, May 20. A Macon County woman has also been formally charged with two counts of felony...
Covid Cases on The Rise Again
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Macon County is following a similar trend to the US and the state of North Carolina as Covid cases are starting to rise once again. The Macon County Health department issued a statement yesterday that says the weekly rate of new cases has increased 105 percent since the beginning of May. The health department is encouraging everyone to wear masks...
Free Meals Going Away
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Looks like the free school lunches for all Macon County School students will be going away this fall although those needing financial meal assistance can still apply with the deadline application coming up soon.. There is also a possibility prices will be increasing. The proposed prices for meals for pre-k through 4th grade would go to $3.75 per...
Team Swish basketball takes home NCAAU state championship
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Deena C. Bouknight Contributing Writer “The little team that could” is how Michael Carrier describes Team Swish, which just won the NCAAU (North Carolina Amateur Athletic Union) State Championship in Greensboro, N.C., during Mother’s Day weekend. Carrier, who now lives in Greensboro, resided previously in Highlands and became involved in...
Franklin town manager calls for .03 tax increase in 2022-23 budget
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Brittney Lofthouse – Contributing Writer Franklin Town Manager Amie Owens recently presented the proposed budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year and proposed a tax increase to  account for the upward trend in operating costs for the town. “Due to circumstances that are beyond the control of staff including supply chain and material cost issues,...
Commissioners approve J&B increase
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Brittney Lofthouse – Contributing Writer Over the last several years, although operational costs have increased, Bonita Hamstra owner of J&B Disposal says that her service rates have remained the same.  Hamster has only received one previous rate increase from the county for service in 25 years.  J&B Disposal operates with a franchise agreement...
Holbrooks wins race for sheriff
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Brittney Lofthouse – Contributing Writer Brent Holbrooks was surrounded by family and friends at the Rathskeller in Franklin Tuesday night when the final precinct in Macon County reported voting totals for the 2022 Primary Election. Holbrooks, who has worked in law enforcement for more than 20 years, trailed Dereck Jones for most of the nights...
Two Fugitives in Custody
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Two fugitives are now both in custody and are being held by Rabun County Authorities in relation to an ongoing investigation by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office following a missing person’s report filed late last week. According to reports Dereck McCrackin was found and taken into custody by Rabun Authorities and is awaiting extradition back...
Board of Health Meeting Tomorrow
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Macon County Board of Health members will get a state of the state on the county’s health at the upcoming Macon County Board of Health meeting slated for this Tuesday May 24th. Some old business to be discussed at the Tuesday meeting include an environmental health update. Also discussed at Tuesday meeting includes a legal update on the NCALHD...
Classifieds for May 19, 2022
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Real Estate 20.24 ACRES unrestricted and backs up to USFS land.  Road in place, easy access yet very private. Gentle slope with nice views. Desirable Cartoogechaye township. Tract has been subdivided into six lots and recorded with county. $299,000.  Call or text (727)460-0714. Rentals TAKING RESERVATIONS for Summer and Fall on Beautiful Cabin,...
Obituaries for May 19, 2022
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Thomas ‘Tom’ George Terranova, Jr. Thomas “Tom” George Terranova Jr., passed away on Monday, May 9, 2022. Born in Bridgeport, Conn., he was the son of the late Thomas George and Marian Giannone Terranova. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Paul Vaccaro. He was a member of Disabled […] The post Obituaries for...
Arrests for May 22, 2022
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The Macon County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin Police Department or Jackson County Sheriff’s Department made the following arrests May 6 – 15. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Franklin Police Department May 6 Gary Don Foust, was charged with driving while impaired. R.S. Dula made the arrest. May 7 Jesse […]...
What’s new on the plateau
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Patrick Taylor Highlands Mayor Tonight [Thursday] is the May meeting of the Town of Highlands Board of Commissioners. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Highlands Community Center next to the ball field. Prior to this meeting, the board will hold a closed session at 5 p.m. with our attorneys concerning litigation issues related […] The post...
Church News for May 19, 2022
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First Alliance Church Sunday Service May 22, Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Sunday School for all ages will be held at 9:30 a.m. Chris Gambill will be speaking about Envision Israel. The Church is located at 31 Promise Lane (off Womack, next door to Trimont Christian Academy). Spiritual Light Center on Sunday, May 22, […] The post Church...
Senior awards presented to Franklin High School Class of 2022
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Franklin High School held its annual senior awards day Wednesday, May 11, in the Panther Pit. Seniors were given awards in various categories including academics, athletics, extracurricular, cultural arts and vocational. ACADEMICS Bilingualism and Literacy in a Second Language – Roselyn Sanchez & Andres Perez Cobian English – Taylor Ball French...
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