State budget commits substantial funding to critical needs in WNC

This year’s state budget process may have been one of the most discordant in recent memory, but Western North Carolina’s legislative delegation was able to secure record-setting funding for critical needs in a relatively poor region that sometimes feels overlooked when Raleigh gets to dishing out the dough. 

Master plan adopted for Macon rec park

Macon County Commissioners have adopted a master plan for the county’s recreation center and surrounding park.

Mountain call: Dalton Mills to play Yonder Community Market

Stepping up to a lone microphone on a side lawn in Franklin, Dalton Mills plucked a couple guitar chords and said a few words before launching into his performance — the early evening sunset reflecting off Mills’ glasses, his voice echoing into the nearby mountains cradling the small town.

School board approves Higdon property lease

After months of back and forth, the Macon County School Board has approved a lease agreement for the Higdon property, purchased by the county earlier this year for use by the school system. 

Above the law: Sheriffs largely silent on sovereign group’s meeting

A controversial law enforcement association that holds a fringe interpretation of the Constitution and has ties to white nationalism, the sovereign citizen movement, election denial and COVID-19 conspiracy theories will host a meeting in Cherokee County this weekend, but Western North Carolina sheriffs have been largely reluctant to say whether they’ll attend. 

Legislature ignoring citizen needs

To the Editor:

Union Academy transforms to Bartram Academy

Union Academy, an alternative high school in Macon County, will henceforth be known as Bartram Academy, home of the Explorers.

Franklin opens pickleball courts

The Town of Franklin has modified the basketball court at Memorial Park to include two new pickleball courts.  

Silers gather in Macon for 172nd ‘family meeting’

The Silers were at it again.  

County to lease Higdon property to school system

After Macon County declared its intent to purchase the Higdon property earlier this year, there was some confusion  as to how the property would be used.

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