out franklinFranklin has sidewalks, bike trails and a beautiful greenway to encourage residents and visitors to walk or bike around town, but those assets aren’t as valuable unless the town can find a better way to connect them.

franklinWith a few fresh faces, the Franklin Board of Aldermen met last Saturday morning to make plans and set priorities for 2016.

art frThirty-eight is Noah McIntee’s favorite number these days. “For a lot of folks, we’re not the sleeper hit anymore,” he said. “We’ve surged fast and have gotten a great hold on the market share.”

Head brewer and general manager of Lazy Hiker Brewing in Franklin, McIntee is full steam ahead with the recent distribution deal the company signed. In their first seven months of operation, Lazy Hiker has become a mainstay in six Western North Carolina counties (Macon, Swain, Jackson, Clay, Cherokee and Graham). That number will increase to 38 counties as it join forces with Skyland Distributing in Asheville.

fr franklindevPlans for a brand new residential subdivision in Franklin will move forward after the town board of aldermen approved a special-use permit for Scenic Ridge Properties.

law enforcementAs allegations of police brutality continue to dominate the news all across the country, many law enforcement agencies have turned to body cameras as a possible solution.

franklinAs the demand for services continues to grow, Franklin will begin its search for a full-time fire chief to run the Franklin Fire Department.

fr storywalkFranklin will soon be joining other communities around the world who are incorporating a love for reading with a love of the outdoors.

franklinEveryone was a bit surprised on Nov. 3 when the election results came out in Franklin — even the candidates who were elected.

fr franklinfacesYoung people growing up in a small town usually have one main goal — to get out.

fr homelessLowell Monteith is tired of hearing “No.” It seems like everywhere he turns for help, the answer is always the same.

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