Budget talks get underway in Macon
It’s likely to be another tough budget year as Macon County commissioners are faced with a growing list of capital and security improvement needs, increased health care costs and stagnant property values.
Macon leaders attend legislative goals conference
Macon County Commissioners Jim Tate and Ronnie Beale and County Manager Derek Roland recently joined voting delegates from counties throughout the state to determine the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ legislative priorities for the 2019-20 biennium session of the North Carolina General Assembly.
Semi-trucks still a hazard on Highlands Road
More signage and stricter law enforcement could be the solution to keeping tractor trailers off Highlands Road.
Macon County completes 2019 revaluation
Macon County commissioners may be looking at a possible higher tax rate next year after hearing a presentation on the 2019 property revaluation process.
Franklin board split on future of ABC board
A couple of Franklin Town Councilmembers want to explore future changes to the ABC store and ABC board while other members think the alcoholic beverage operation is fine the way it is.
Wintry weather tests regional response to those seeking shelter from the storm
As many residents of Southern Appalachia stocked up on necessaries in advance of a powerful winter storm that ended up leaving thousands without power, governments and nonprofits across the region scrambled to open shelters and warming stations that wound up being, for some, more of a necessity than milk and bread.
State releases annual economic tier rankings
Macon and Jackson counties will be considered less economically distressed in 2019, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
Drake takes Macon airport under its wing
Drake Enterprises is spreading its wings further into the community as it takes over management of the Macon County Airport.
Under the new subsidiary Macon Air LLC, Drake assumed responsibility for airport operations as of Oct. 1 after its former management entity — Franklin Aviation, led by Neil Hoppe and Peggy Milton — decided to retire. Hoppe and Milton had managed the airport for 20 years under a contract with the county.
Macon wants out of flat fee defense program
While the North Carolina Legislature included Macon County in a pilot program to change the way court-appointed lawyers are paid, Chief District Court Judge Richard Walker requested to opt out of the program.
New business coming to Macon County
The Macon County Industrial Park will be getting a new tenant after county commissioners approved a lease for TECO Inc. Solid State Lighting, a Tennessee corporation.