Meet the Macon Matriarch
The Women’s History Trail (WHT), a project of the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC), adopted an activity in 2018 that continues each March as a part of Women’s History Month.
Macon firefighter injured on fire line
A Macon County firefighter was flown to the Augusta Burn Center in Georgia with severe injuries last week after flames overran his position on a fire control line.
Capital needs in Macon pit capacity vs. affordability
Macon County has a long, expensive list of capital needs over the next decade, and commissioners took nearly three hours on Feb. 3 to weigh their options as North Carolina’s budget season begins in earnest.
Jackson, Macon schools address pre-K need
Families in Jackson and Macon counties are set to see a bump in pre-K capacity as both counties work to expand their programs in the coming months.
Jackson, Macon work to resolve boundary line
Taxpayers who own property straddling the Macon-Jackson County line may notice changes to their ad valorem tax bills next year.
Macon uses rescue funds to increase employee pay
Macon County decided early on to invest all of its American Rescue Plan allocation toward county employees.
Macon County Schools offers staff retention bonuses
Last week the Macon County School Board approved the use of ESSER funds to give recurring $1,500 bonuses to all full-time employees and $750 to all part-time employees for the coming three years. The first payment will be given out on the December payroll.
Macon votes for optional masking, universal testing in schools
The Macon County School Board decided last week to make masks optional for all K-12 students. The decision came on the same day that the state Department of Health and Human Services updated its guidance for North Carolina schools, no longer recommending districts require face masks for all students and staff in school.
Lynching commemoration in Franklin could ignite monumental debate
Plans are underway for a Nov. 6 event in Franklin to commemorate the lynching of a Black man more than 120 years ago, but if organizers are successful, the Mozeley Memorial Walk will also initiate debate over how, if at all, Mitch Mozeley should be publicly acknowledged.
Macon to spend millions on new pay plan
After spending the last several years discussing the need for an updated pay scale, Macon County commissioners recently approved spending close to $9 million over the next three years to increase county employee pay.