Macon school board opposes charter school bill
The Macon County School Board has signed a resolution in opposition to a bill that would greatly expand the ways in which charter schools have access to locally appropriated public school funding. While the bill’s supporters tout equal funding for charter schools, board members worry the legislation would further strain public school systems that are already strapped for cash.
Macon residents, commissioner float withdrawing from Fontana Regional Library
What started as a group of citizens concerned about certain LGBTQ books in the Macon County Library has turned into an effort to pull the library from the Fontana Regional Library system, a move that could get very complicated and very expensive, very quickly.
Macon helps fund Franklin Skatepark
The start date for construction of the Franklin Skatepark is approaching quickly, and now the project has all the funding it needs.
Macon Superintendent announces retirement
After more than 30 years in education, Superintendent Chris Baldwin will retire from his position at Macon County Schools.
Five years later, residents still mourn the loss of Angel Medical Center’s maternity unit
Before the sun rises on a Tuesday morning in December, Amelia Cline smooches her partner goodbye and heads out the back door of her house in West Asheville. With a thermos of coffee in one hand and a handful of medical supplies in the other, she climbs into the driver’s side of a white Toyota and settles in for her hour-ish drive to Macon County.
Residents object to LGBTQ literature at Macon library
A group of Macon County residents and library patrons attended a Feb. 7 library board meeting to air a plethora of concerns. Chief among them were that the library is promoting a sexual agenda to minors and the library’s affiliation with the American Library Association and the Fontana Regional Library System.
After two weeks in court, a hung jury leads to mistrial in Knibbs case
There’s some truth to the old cliché that one readily recognizable sound is the ultimate deterrent against a would-be home intruder.
Macon starts budget in good financial health
As Macon County looks ahead to fiscal year 2023-24, the county has big decisions to make to address the many pressing capital needs in its school system. But it also sits in a healthy financial position, primed to take on debt, if necessary, to address county needs.
Macon commission asks MCS to prioritize hefty capital outlay requests
Following direction from the Macon County Board of Commissioners, the Macon County Board of Education met last week to prioritize its numerous capital outlay requests.
New boards could mean new plans for Franklin High School
When Macon County Commissioners authorized LS3P Architectural Design Services to submit plans for the new Franklin High School to local and state agencies for review in October, the project seemed like an ambitious, albeit realistic dream.