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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Candidate Forum Held at Macon County Public Library

The Macon County News and Shopping Guide partnered with the Smoky Mountain News to host a candidate forum for the primary in the District 1 Race for County Commissioner. Before the forum started, candidates for other offices were given an opportunity to speak. Video of both portions of the event is embedded below.

District 1 County Commissioner Candidate Forum




Opportunity for Candidates to Speak



MEDIA ROLL CALL
(media outlets with representatives present)

Macon Media (me)
Macon County News and Shopping Guide (2)
Smoky Mountain News
WNCC-FM/WFSC-AM
The Franklin Press (2)


CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

11:22 am on April 26, 2018








Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, April 26, 2018




APOLOGY

I apologize for being so late with the daily weather briefing. I grossly overslept this morning. --Bobby

LOCAL NEWS

The Macon County School System became aware of a potential suicide pact among some Mountain Valley Intermediate students who were members of an online group on Instagram and they took steps to investigate it and they reached out to parents asking them to monitor their children's activities online. More on this incident may be read on the blog. [LINK]

Candidates who are challenging the incumbent county commissioners met with residents of the Nantahala Community on Tuesday Night to answer questions and speak with them about their visions for Macon County. Video of that event is on the blog. [LINK]

LOCAL OUTLOOK

An area of low pressure will cross the region today through early Friday, bringing rain chances back to the area. High pressure will build across our area this weekend and persist into early next week.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month.

Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

All your masonry needs are available. Our phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.





Weather Almanac for April 26th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 1986
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Highlands in 1919
Greatest Rainfall 3.2 inches in Highlands in 1939
Greatest One-Day Snowfall No snowfall has been recorded on this date since record keeping began in 1872

Record Weather Events for April (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on April 26, 1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on April 1, 1987
Greatest Rainfall 7.00 inches in Highlands on April 7, 1895
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on April 4, 1987



THREE DAY OUTLOOK

The images below represent the daily forecast at 8 am for today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Click on any of them to enlarge.



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FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

Showers, mainly after noon. High near 63. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11pm, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog after 11pm. Low around 46. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

FRIDAY

A 20 percent chance of showers between 10am and 11am. Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 69. Northwest wind 3 to 7 mph.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. Northwest wind 3 to 7 mph.

SATURDAY

Sunny, with a high near 70. Light northwest wind becoming west northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 42.
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OTTO AREA

TODAY

Showers, mainly after noon. High near 63. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11pm, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog after 11pm. Low around 46. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

FRIDAY

A 20 percent chance of showers between 10am and 11am. Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 69. Northwest wind 3 to 7 mph.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. Northwest wind 3 to 7 mph.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Sunny, with a high near 70. Light northwest wind becoming west northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 42.

---------------------------------------------
HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Showers, mainly after noon. High near 62. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.


TONIGHT

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog after 11pm. Low around 46. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


FRIDAY

Partly sunny, with a high near 69. North northwest wind 5 to 7 mph.


FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph.


SATURDAY

Sunny, with a high near 70. West northwest wind 5 to 9 mph.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 42.

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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Showers, mainly after noon. High near 58. Light and variable wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11 pm, then showers likely. Patchy fog after 11pm. Low around 45. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

FRIDAY

A 20 percent chance of showers before 11am. Areas of fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 62. West northwest wind 6 to 9 mph.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph.

SATURDAY

Sunny, with a high near 62. Northwest wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.


SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 41.

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GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR
2:37 am to 5:32 am this morning


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.


Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



5:32 am this morning



MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphics. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.



OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

I am writing to thank the residents of Franklin, Highlands, and Macon County for spreading joy to children around the world this Christmas. Through the generosity of the Macon County community, 4,636 shoeboxes were collected; and the Western North Carolina Area Team was able to exceed our goal by collecting 20,038 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The International total for 2017 was 11,012,840 shoeboxes!

As National Volunteer Week (April 15 – 21) approaches, I wanted to pass along information about an opportunity for Macon County residents to join a local volunteer team with Operation Christmas Child. This project of the international Christian relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse, sends gift-filled shoeboxes to millions of children in need each year and gives local residents the opportunity to make a worldwide impact. “National Volunteer Week is a great time to become a part of this international project,” said June Trull, who heads up the Western North Carolina Area Team of Operation Christmas Child.“Joining an Operation Christmas Child Area Team is an amazing way to give back year-round and share God’s love with children in need.”



Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries since 1993. This year, the local Western North Carolina Area Team hopes to collect 21,000 shoebox gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching more than 11 million children in need.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Thank You
Brenda Hackett
Samaritan's Purse
Media Support
Western North Carolina Area Team
Operation Christmas Child
828-369-6674/ bjandhack@hotmail.com
samaritanspurse.org/occnewsroom



COMMUNITY WALK ON THE GREENWAY

The Friends of the Greenway invites the community to participate in a "Walk on the Greenway" on April 21, 2018 at 10:30 AM beginning at the Macon County Library (on Siler Rd). Sunny Himes will lead about a 2 mile walk, highlighting several natural communities including a Red Cedar-Hardwood Woodland, Montane Alluvial Forest, and Floodplain wetlands. Discussion points will be historic and current uses of the land around the Greenway, how these uses shaped today's terrain and plant community compositions, and the challenges of wildland restoration in a popular urban park. Ms. Himes is a lecturer at Western Carolina University in botany, ecology and introduction biology. She is a past FROG Board member and continues to manage restoration projects on the Greenway. A $5 donation is suggested for this benefit walk. Send email of your interest in participating on the walk to: frog28734@gmail.com.




From Bully to Buddy, A Community Forum
Please note this forum is now taking place on the 26th of April

Bullying affects us all in different ways. Let’s work this out together.
Sincere invitations to the bully, the bullied and those in between — all ages — all genders Featuring: interaction, role playing, dialogue, discovery and direction (and some fun!)

This forum will be taking place on Wednesday, April 26 at 6 PM - 8 PM
pin in Tartan Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin, NC

Join the event page on Facebook to find out more and to receive updates. [LINK]




Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at the The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm


Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.




National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:22 a.m.
Sunrise 6:49 a.m.
Sun transit 1:31 p.m.
Sunset 8:14 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:41 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 4:29 a.m.
Moonrise 3:56 p.m.
Moon transit 10:35 p.m.
Moonset 5:06 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on April 25, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 79% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on April 22, 2018 at 5:46 p.m. (local daylight time)




Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 5:45 am on April 26, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Macon County Schools Respond to Rumored Online Suicide Pact at MVI School



Here is information from the Macon County School System regarding a rumored suicide pact some students may have been involved with at Mountain Valley Intermediate School that was associated with an Instagram group called "Edgy Fan Page 101."


Macon Media has a policy of not publishing information regarding incidents in the school system unless there is a confirmed threat to students or the public or an incident occurs that may impact traffic flow around school locations until either law enforcement or the school system releases information or either request the public be notified using our resources.


Parent Link Call




PRESS RELEASE

The administration and counselors of Mountain View Intermediate and the staff of Meridian Behavioral Health Services have been monitoring a group of students on social media for the past few weeks. This group is known as the “Edgy” group or “Edgy Fan Page 101”.

Last evening, a school nurse learned second hand information from one of our local health care providers that some of the students involved in this group may have some sort of suicide pact or had otherwise indicated suicidal ideations. At this time, school administrators were notified.

Upon learning of this information, the families of any student known to be involved with the “Edgy” group were contacted. A Parent-Link message also went out to encourage all MVI parents to monitor their child’s social media accounts and to begin a conversation with their child about dangers associated of this group. Macon County Schools social workers and the Macon County Sheriff’s department worked together to contact individual students/parents and make home visits to protect our students.

Macon Middle School, Mountain View Intermediate, our school social workers and Meridian Behavioral Health have followed up with students and families today.

We will continue to look for ways to monitor our students activities on social media, educate them and parents about the pitfalls of social media and to protect students from self-harm.

I welcome your input as we work together to face these challenges,

Chris Baldwin, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Macon County Schools
(828)524-3314
chris.baldwin@macon.k12.nc.us





CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

Published at 8:17 pm on April 25, 2018












Nantahala Forum for County Commissioner Challengers



Members of the Nantahala Community invited the candidates running against the incumbent county commissioners to a Meet and Greet Forum where the candidates answered written questions from audience members, then afterward, light refreshments were served and the candidates spoke with interested members of the Nantahala Community. A video of the Questions portion of the event is embedded below. Macon Media was the only media outlet present.








CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

12:33 pm on April 25, 2018





Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, April 25, 2018




Early Voting

Numbers from yesterday have not been released by the local Board of Elections. When they are released later today, Macon MEdia will publish a separate post on the numbers.


LOCAL OUTLOOK

A slowly moving low-pressure system exits our region in midweek and gives our region brief drying. Another moist area of low pressure crosses the region Thursday through early Friday. High pressure builds across our area from this weekend into early next week.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month.

Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

All your masonry needs are available. Our phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.





Weather Almanac for April 25th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 88°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1988
Lowest Temperature 25°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 4.85 inches in Franklin in 1883
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 6.0 inches in Highlands in 1910

Record Weather Events for April (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on April 26, 1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on April 1, 1987
Greatest Rainfall 7.00 inches in Highlands on April 7, 1895
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on April 4, 1987



THREE DAY OUTLOOK

The images below represent the daily forecast at 8 am for today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Click on any of them to enlarge.



----------------------------------
FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

Patchy fog between 7am and 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 66. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT


A 20 percent chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.

THURSDAY

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

THURSDAY NIGHT


A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Light northwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

FRIDAY

A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 69.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
-----------------------------------------
OTTO AREA

TODAY

Patchy fog between 7am and 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 67. North northwest wind 7 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. North northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.

THURSDAY

Showers likely, mainly after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Light northwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

FRIDAY

A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 69.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.

---------------------------------------------
HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 58. North northwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. North wind 6 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

THURSDAY

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. North wind around 6 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. West northwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

FRIDAY

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 59.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.

--------------------------------------------
NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 10am. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. North northwest wind 8 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

A 20 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before 2am, then patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 46. North northwest wind 3 to 8 mph.

THURSDAY

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. Light and variable wind becoming west around 6 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

THURSDAY NIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. North northwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 %.

FRIDAY

A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 62.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.

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GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR
12:27 am to 3:22 am this morning


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.


Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



3:22 am this morning



MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphics. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB

April 25th Annual Birding Trip to Standing Indian

John and Cathy Sill will lead their annual birding trip to the Standing Indian area.
Meet at the Kmart parking lot (Westgate Plaza in Franklin) at 8:00 am to carpool up to Standing Indian with a few stops along the way.
Please sign up at 828-524-5234.

REVIVAL TO START WITH COVERED DISH SUPPER
Patton United Methodist Church, 119 Patton Church Road Franklin, will be starting their Revival this Sunday the 22nd at 6.30pm, with a covered dish supper beforehand at 5.30pm.
Pastor Dugar Strickland from Maysville Methodist Church in Maysville, GA will be leading their Revival. It will continue on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 7pm.


OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

I am writing to thank the residents of Franklin, Highlands, and Macon County for spreading joy to children around the world this Christmas. Through the generosity of the Macon County community, 4,636 shoeboxes were collected; and the Western North Carolina Area Team was able to exceed our goal by collecting 20,038 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The International total for 2017 was 11,012,840 shoeboxes!

As National Volunteer Week (April 15 – 21) approaches, I wanted to pass along information about an opportunity for Macon County residents to join a local volunteer team with Operation Christmas Child. This project of the international Christian relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse, sends gift-filled shoeboxes to millions of children in need each year and gives local residents the opportunity to make a worldwide impact. “National Volunteer Week is a great time to become a part of this international project,” said June Trull, who heads up the Western North Carolina Area Team of Operation Christmas Child.“Joining an Operation Christmas Child Area Team is an amazing way to give back year-round and share God’s love with children in need.”



Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries since 1993. This year, the local Western North Carolina Area Team hopes to collect 21,000 shoebox gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching more than 11 million children in need.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Thank You
Brenda Hackett
Samaritan's Purse
Media Support
Western North Carolina Area Team
Operation Christmas Child
828-369-6674/ bjandhack@hotmail.com
samaritanspurse.org/occnewsroom



COMMUNITY WALK ON THE GREENWAY

The Friends of the Greenway invites the community to participate in a "Walk on the Greenway" on April 21, 2018 at 10:30 AM beginning at the Macon County Library (on Siler Rd). Sunny Himes will lead about a 2 mile walk, highlighting several natural communities including a Red Cedar-Hardwood Woodland, Montane Alluvial Forest, and Floodplain wetlands. Discussion points will be historic and current uses of the land around the Greenway, how these uses shaped today's terrain and plant community compositions, and the challenges of wildland restoration in a popular urban park. Ms. Himes is a lecturer at Western Carolina University in botany, ecology and introduction biology. She is a past FROG Board member and continues to manage restoration projects on the Greenway. A $5 donation is suggested for this benefit walk. Send email of your interest in participating on the walk to: frog28734@gmail.com.




From Bully to Buddy, A Community Forum
Please note this forum is now taking place on the 26th of April

Bullying affects us all in different ways. Let’s work this out together.
Sincere invitations to the bully, the bullied and those in between — all ages — all genders Featuring: interaction, role playing, dialogue, discovery and direction (and some fun!)

This forum will be taking place on Wednesday, April 26 at 6 PM - 8 PM
pin in Tartan Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin, NC

Join the event page on Facebook to find out more and to receive updates. [LINK]




Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at the The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm


Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.




National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:22 a.m.
Sunrise 6:49 a.m.
Sun transit 1:31 p.m.
Sunset 8:14 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:41 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 4:29 a.m.
Moonrise 3:56 p.m.
Moon transit 10:35 p.m.
Moonset 5:06 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on April 25, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 79% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on April 22, 2018 at 5:46 p.m. (local daylight time)




Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

3:45 am on April 25, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Updated with Press Release regarding Chase and Shooting




POLICE CHASE ENDS IN SUGARFOK COMMUNITY

Franklin Police pursued a suspect last night and the chase ended after the individual rammed a Franklin Police Cruiser and was subsequently taken into custody. More information can be found on the facebook page of the Macon County Sheriffs Office[LINK]


**11:43 am** Here is an update from the Franklin Police Department involving this incident

PRESS RELEASE
FACTS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BY CHIEF DAVID ADAMS
April 24, 2018

Franklin Officers were dispatched to the N&N Express Mart located on East Main Street last night around 9:00 pm. An employee had called stating that a white male had been there for a long period of time and he was behaving suspiciously. The suspect had changed his clothing standing beside his truck, while throwing trash from his truck onto the ground and he filled the truck with gas without paying for same.

Officer Randy Dula made contact with the male, who was parked in a Dodge truck at the gas pumps. As Dula opened the passenger door to speak with the suspect, he drove off at a high rate of speed. Officer Dula initiated a vehicle pursuit along with other officers. The driver made a left turn onto Highlands Road and continued for several miles, where he turned left onto Sugar Fork Road. The driver slowed several times before stopping. As Officer Dula was exiting his car, the driver purposely backed up and rammed Dula’s patrol car. Officer Dula fired his weapon and the truck sped off. The chase continued for approximately another mile and the driver abruptly stopped. The driver was arrested and identified as Joseph Michael Cyphers (28 yrs. old of Old Murphy Rd. Franklin, NC).

Neither Cyphers nor Officer Dula were injured from the fired bullets. However, they were taken to the Angel Hospital Emergency Room for precautionary reasons. Officer Dula was released with minor injuries from the vehicle crash and Cyphers was transported to the Macon County Detention Center.

Joseph Cyphers was charged will the following crimes: Felony Speed to Elude Arrest, 3 counts of Felony Assault With a Deadly Weapon on a Government Official, Careless and Reckless Driving and No Operators License.


Our agency was assisted by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, NC State Highway Patrol and the State Bureau of Investigations.


EARLY VOTING

The fourth day of early voting has ended and here are a few numbers from the Macon County Board of Elections: (these numbers are cumulative)

Highlands Voting Location (Ballot Choice)

Democrats - 20 ballots
Republicans - 51 ballots
Total - 71 ballots

Franklin Voting Location (Ballot Choice)

Democrats - 31 ballots
Republicans - 117 ballots
Republican NV - 2 (not voting)
Total - 148 ballots (not counting the 2 non-voting ballots)

County Totals

Democrats - 51 ballots
Republicans - 168 ballots


Total County - 219 ballots

As of Day Three, the party affiliation of voters is as follows: 82 Republicans, 54 Unaffiliated (who can choose either the Republican or Democrat primary ballot), and 25 Democrats.

The last day to vote early is May 5th and election day is May 8th. For more information about the number of ballots cast and what offices have primaries, check out the articles listed below.


Day 1 https://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/04/data-from-day-one-of-early-voting.html

Day 2 http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/04/data-from-day-two-of-early-voting.html

Day 3 http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/04/data-from-day-three-of-early-voting.html

Day 4 http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/04/data-from-day-four-of-early-voting.html

Exact hours of operation are posted on The Macon County Board of Elections Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/MaconCountyElections/posts/1716998161699396

Candidate Meet and Greet at 6 pm at the Nantahala Library

All three candidates 
(Ron Haven, Betty Cloer Wallace, and John Shearl) who are challenging the incumbent Macon County Commissioners have accepted an invitation to come and meet with the people of the Nantahala Community at 6 pm in the Nantahala Public Library.


LOCAL OUTLOOK

A slowly moving low-pressure system will be northeast of our region by tonight, reaching eastern Virginia early Wednesday. The atmosphere will generally dry out Wednesday before another moist area of low pressure crosses the region Thursday through early Saturday. High pressure builds across our area during the weekend and to start next week.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month.

Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

All your masonry needs are available. Our phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.





Weather Almanac for April 24th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 87°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1988
Lowest Temperature 22°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 3.15 inches in Franklin in 1883
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (There has been no recorded snowfall on this date since record-keeping began)

Record Weather Events for April (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on April 26, 1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on April 1, 1987
Greatest Rainfall 7.00 inches in Highlands on April 7, 1895
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on April 4, 1987



THREE DAY OUTLOOK

The images below represent the daily forecast at 8 am for today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Click on any of them to enlarge.



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FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY (Flood Watch until 8 am)

Patchy fog before noon. Cloudy with highs near the lower 60s. Variable light winds early, then from the southeast in the afternoon. 80% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a quarter an half an inch expected. Rain could taper off in the afternoon hours.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog overnight, mostly cloudy with lows near the upper 40s and winds out of the northwest. 40% chance of rain with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.

WEDNESDAY

Patchy fog in the morning with decreasing clouds to become partly sunny and highs in the upper 60s. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid-40s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest. Slight chance of showers.

THURSDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-60s and a 40% chance of showers.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 40s and a 40% chance of showers.
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OTTO AREA

TODAY (Flood Watch until 8 am)

Patchy fog before noon, mostly cloudy with highs in the lower 60s and winds out of the southeast becoming variable and light in the afternoon. 80% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog expected to form overnight, mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 40s and winds out of the northwest. 40% chance of showers with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.

WEDNESDAY

Patchy fog in the morning, Partly sunny with highs near the upper 60s and winds 5to 10 mph out of the northwest. Slight chance of showers.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-40s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest. Slight chance of showers.

THURSDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs near the mid-60s and a 40% chance of showers.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-40s and a 40% chance of showers.

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HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY (Flood Watch until 8 am)

Areas of fog until the early afternoon is possible. Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-50s. Winds 10 to 15 mph in the morning, decreasing into the afternoon, becoming variable and light in the afternoon hours.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog overnight, mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-40s. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the northwest with gusts in the 20 to 25 mph range. Slight chance of showers.

WEDNESDAY

Partly sunny with highs near 60 and winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts near 25 mph. Slight chance of showers.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-40s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest with gusts in the 20 mph range. Slight chance of showers.

THURSDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s and a 50% chance of showers.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 40s and a 40% chance of showers.

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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY (Flood Watch until 8 am)

Foggy, cloudy and rainy with thunderstorms possible after 11 am and highs in the mid-50s. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast in the morning, then from the west in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog overnight, cloudy with lows in the upper 40s and winds out of the northwest. 50% chance of showers with rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch expected.

WEDNESDAY

Partly sunny with highs near 60 and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest. 30% chance of showers with less than a tenth of an inch of rainfall expected.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-40s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest. 30% chance of showers, mainly after 3 am.

THURSDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs near 60 and a 40% chance of showers.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 40s and a 40% chance of showers.

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GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR
11:52 pm last night am to 2:47 am this morning



HAZARDS



Hazardous weather is not expected today. There may be minor flooding as runoff works its way through the local streams and main stem rivers. As most of the rain occurred outside the county to our southeast, the Cullasaja River that drains the Highlands Plateau will be most impacted by the runoff.

The image included with this segment is an estimate of rainfall accumulation for the 24 hour period on April 24, 2018, from midnight to midnight. The most rain fell in the southeastern section of the county and the lease fell in the northwestern section of the county.


Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



2:47 am this morning



MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphics. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB

April 25th Annual Birding Trip to Standing Indian

John and Cathy Sill will lead their annual birding trip to the Standing Indian area.
Meet at the Kmart parking lot (Westgate Plaza in Franklin) at 8:00 am to carpool up to Standing Indian with a few stops along the way.
Please sign up at 828-524-5234.

REVIVAL TO START WITH COVERED DISH SUPPER
Patton United Methodist Church, 119 Patton Church Road Franklin, will be starting their Revival this Sunday the 22nd at 6.30pm, with a covered dish supper beforehand at 5.30pm.
Pastor Dugar Strickland from Maysville Methodist Church in Maysville, GA will be leading their Revival. It will continue on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 7pm.


OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

I am writing to thank the residents of Franklin, Highlands, and Macon County for spreading joy to children around the world this Christmas. Through the generosity of the Macon County community, 4,636 shoeboxes were collected; and the Western North Carolina Area Team was able to exceed our goal by collecting 20,038 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The International total for 2017 was 11,012,840 shoeboxes!

As National Volunteer Week (April 15 – 21) approaches, I wanted to pass along information about an opportunity for Macon County residents to join a local volunteer team with Operation Christmas Child. This project of the international Christian relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse, sends gift-filled shoeboxes to millions of children in need each year and gives local residents the opportunity to make a worldwide impact. “National Volunteer Week is a great time to become a part of this international project,” said June Trull, who heads up the Western North Carolina Area Team of Operation Christmas Child.“Joining an Operation Christmas Child Area Team is an amazing way to give back year-round and share God’s love with children in need.”



Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries since 1993. This year, the local Western North Carolina Area Team hopes to collect 21,000 shoebox gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching more than 11 million children in need.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Thank You
Brenda Hackett
Samaritan's Purse
Media Support
Western North Carolina Area Team
Operation Christmas Child
828-369-6674/ bjandhack@hotmail.com
samaritanspurse.org/occnewsroom



COMMUNITY WALK ON THE GREENWAY

The Friends of the Greenway invites the community to participate in a "Walk on the Greenway" on April 21, 2018 at 10:30 AM beginning at the Macon County Library (on Siler Rd). Sunny Himes will lead about a 2 mile walk, highlighting several natural communities including a Red Cedar-Hardwood Woodland, Montane Alluvial Forest, and Floodplain wetlands. Discussion points will be historic and current uses of the land around the Greenway, how these uses shaped today's terrain and plant community compositions, and the challenges of wildland restoration in a popular urban park. Ms. Himes is a lecturer at Western Carolina University in botany, ecology and introduction biology. She is a past FROG Board member and continues to manage restoration projects on the Greenway. A $5 donation is suggested for this benefit walk. Send email of your interest in participating on the walk to: frog28734@gmail.com.




From Bully to Buddy, A Community Forum
Please note this forum is now taking place on the 26th of April

Bullying affects us all in different ways. Let’s work this out together.
Sincere invitations to the bully, the bullied and those in between — all ages — all genders Featuring: interaction, role playing, dialogue, discovery and direction (and some fun!)

This forum will be taking place on Wednesday, April 26 at 6 PM - 8 PM
pin in Tartan Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin, NC

Join the event page on Facebook to find out more and to receive updates. [LINK]




Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at the The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm


Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.




National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:24 a.m.
Sunrise 6:50 a.m.
Sun transit 1:32 p.m. (67.5°) (93.495 million miles away)
Sunset 8:14 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:40 p.m.

Day Length 12 hours 23 minutes 21 seconds (2 minutes 00 seconds longer than yesterday)


Moon

Moonset 3:48 a.m.
Moonrise 2:52 p.m.
Moon transit 9:44 p.m. (232,571 miles away)
Moonset 4:29 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on April 24, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 70% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on April 22, 2018 at 5:46 p.m. (local daylight time)




Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you receive value from what Macon Media provides to the community, please consider becoming a supporter and contribute at least a dollar a month.

If you have a business or event you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or underwriting coverage, send an email to editor@MaconMedia.com for more information. Serious inquiries only. Macon Media rewards early sponsors/underwriters with lifetime guaranteed low rates while newer sponsors/underwriters pay higher rates based on the date they first support Macon Media.

Thank You to the people who have been sending in donations and those businesses who are underwriting coverage of news and events. You have kept Macon Media online. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

You can find out more information on how to do that and some of what I plan to accomplish if I reach certain levels of funding at https://www.patreon.com/MaconMedia

3:24 am on April 24, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Data From Day Four of Early Voting



The fourth day of early voting has ended and here are a few numbers from the Macon County Board of Elections: (these numbers are cumulative)

Highlands Voting Location (Ballot Choice)

Democrats - 20 ballots
Republicans - 51 ballots

Total - 71 ballots

Franklin Voting Location

Democrats - 31 ballots
Republicans - 117 ballots
Republican NV - 2 (not voting)
Total - 148 ballots (not counting the 2 non-voting ballots)

County Totals

Democrats - 51 ballots
Republicans - 168 ballots


Total County - 219 ballots




There are two early voting locations, one in Highlands at the Civic Center and another in Franklin at the Board of Elections Office. Early voting ends on May 5th and election day is May 8th.




The races with primaries are as follows (names are in order in which they appear on the ballot):

Democrats

NC-11 US House

• Phillip G Price
• Steve Woodsmall
• D Scott Donaldson


Republicans

NC-11 US House

• Mark Meadows
• Chuck Archerd

Macon County Commissioner District I

• John A Shearl
• Jim Tate




DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response. 

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.

Published at 1:38 am on 04-22-2018

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Angel Medical Center Awarded Certificate of Need for Replacement Hospital




PRESS RELEASE
Angel Medical Center Awarded Certificate of Need for Replacement Hospital



FRANKLIN, N.C. (April 23, 2018) – Angel Medical Center today announced that its Certificate of Need (CON) application for a new replacement facility has been approved, clearing the way to begin planning for construction.



“We are so pleased to have successfully completed the regulatory phase and look forward to our project team moving forward with acquiring the selected site and preparing for construction of our new facility,” said Karen S. Gorby, RN, MSN, MBA, CENP, FACHE, President and Chief Nursing Officer of Angel Medical Center. “As we’ve said before, renovation of Angel Medical Center’s current, outdated structure was simply financially irresponsible and the constrained location was not in the best interest of the community. Mission Health’s strategic investment for this new facility is a testament to our commitment to the health and well-being of Macon County residents and is sure to meet our County’s future health needs for decades to come,” Ms. Gorby added.



As part of the regulatory approval process, a Certificate of Need was required and an official review of Angel Medical Center’s application began on November 1, 2017. A public hearing was later held on December 19, 2017, and given the demonstrated need for a replacement facility, close proximity to the current hospital location, and obvious community benefits, the Certificate of Need was approved.



The approval provided by the Certificate of Need Section of the NC Department of Health Services Regulation included a maximum capital expenditure of $45 million for the replacement hospital with no more than 30 acute beds, three shared operating rooms, and one gastrointestinal endoscopy procedure room. The timetable provided plans for construction to begin in February 2019 with a projected completion date of September 2021. The selected site of 1 Center Court in Franklin for the new Angel Medical Center will offer a more centrally located and easier-to-access location for patients, visitors and staff and will also allow for potential future expansion.



“Mission Health is investing in communities throughout our 18-county region through our Mission Future Ready initiative, a more than half billion dollar investment in the future of healthcare in western North Carolina,” said Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and CEO of Mission Health. “A new state-of-the-art Angel Medical Center, which will be the single largest investment in the history of Macon County, represents another example of our relentless pursuit towards Mission’s BIG(GER) Aim: to get each person to their desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and always with an exceptional experience for every patient, family and team member.”







ABOUT ANGEL MEDICAL CENTER

Angel Medical Center, a member of Mission Health, is a full-service, not-for-profit community hospital serving Macon and the surrounding counties. Located in Franklin, North Carolina, Angel Medical Center is a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital offering inpatient services that include an intensive care unit, and a medical and surgical unit. Angel Medical Center has also been named an Acute Stroke Ready hospital by The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Outpatient services include a wound clinic, chemotherapy services, a full laboratory, digital mammography, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, rehab therapy, as well as surgical and endoscopy services. The hospital also operates Mission My Care Now Angel and CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care. For more information, please visit angelmed.org.



ABOUT MISSION HEALTH

Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system. In 2017, for the fifth time in the past six years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company and part of IBM Watson Health. We are the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition. Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. With approximately 12,000 team members and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit mission-health.org or @MissionHealthNC.



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Macon Media recorded video of the public hearing in December 2017 for the Certificate of Need. It is posted on the blog. [LINK]


DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response. 

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.



Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, April 23, 2018




EARLY VOTING

Early voting in the 2018 primary is underway with voting taking place at the Macon County Board of Elections Office in Franklin and at the Civic Center in Highlands. The last day to vote early is May 5th and election day is May 8th. For more information about the number of ballots cast and what offices have primaries, check out the articles listed below.


Day 1 https://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/04/data-from-day-one-of-early-voting.html

Day 2 http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/04/data-from-day-two-of-early-voting.html

Day 3 http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/04/data-from-day-three-of-early-voting.html 


Exact hours of operation are posted on The Macon County Board of Elections Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/MaconCountyElections/posts/1716998161699396



LOCAL OUTLOOK

A slowly moving low pressure will bring a strong, moist flow in from the Gulf and Atlantic today. The abundant moisture will then gradually decrease into Tuesday. The atmosphere will generally dry out Wednesday before another moist area of low pressure crosses the region Thursday through Friday.


DAY SPONSOR

Carrion Tree Service is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. they are a fully licensed and insured tree service, specializing in dangerous tree removal, view clearing, pruning, and crane services with a 24 Hour emergency response. 

Their phone number is 371-4718. They are located at 120 Depot Street.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing & public safety updates for the month.

Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

All your masonry needs are available. Our phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help with your with your next project.





Weather Almanac for April 21st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 87°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1988
Lowest Temperature 19°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 5.60 inches in Highlands in 1883
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands in 1901

Record Weather Events for April (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on April 26, 1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on April 1, 1987
Greatest Rainfall 7.00 inches in Highlands on April 7, 1895
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on April 4, 1987



THREE DAY OUTLOOK

The images below represent the daily forecast at 8 am for today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Click on any of them to enlarge.



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FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY (Flood Watch)

Cloudy and rainy. Fog could linger into the early afternoon. Highs near the mid-50s. Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the southeast with gusts near 20 mph. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between three-quarters of an inch and one inch expected, and double that in locations with a south or southeast-facing slope.

TONIGHT (Flood Watch)

Patchy fog, cloudy and rainy. Lows near 50. Winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southwest. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between three-quarters of an inch and one inch expected. Double that is possible in south and southwest-facing slopes.

TUESDAY (Flood Watch until 8 am)

Cloudy and rainy with highs in the lower 60s. Variable light winds. 80% chance of rain with thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected with more possible in locations where thunderstorms hit.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 50 and winds out of the northwest. 30% chance of rain, mainly before 3 am.

WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 60s. 30% chance of showers in the afternoon.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 50 and winds out of the northwest. 30% chance of showers.
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OTTO AREA

TODAY (Flood Watch)

Cloudy, rainy and foggy. The fog could last until the afternoon hours. Highs in the mid-50s Winds 10 to 15 mph out of the southeast with gusts as high as 25 mph. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches expected. Locations a few miles to the southeast of downtown Otto could receive 3 or 4 inches of rainfall today.

TONIGHT (Flood Watch)

Cloudy, rainy and foggy. Lows in the lower 50s and winds out of the east. Near 100% chance of rain. Rainfall accumulations between three-quarters of an inch and one inch is expected.

TUESDAY (Flood Watch until 8 am)

Cloudy and rainy. Highs in the low-to-mid 60s with variable light winds. 80% chance of rain with thunderstorms possible beginning in the late morning hours. Rainfall accumulations between a tenth and a quarter of an inch is expected with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Cloudy with lows near 50 and winds out of the northwest. 30% chance of showers.

WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs near 70. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-40s and winds out of the northwest. 30% chance of showers.

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HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY (Flood Watch)

Cloudy, foggy and rainy. Highs near 50. Winds 20 to 25 mph out of the southeast with gusts as high as 40 mph. 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between 2 and 3 inches expected. More is possible in isolated spots in the southeastern portion of the county.

TONIGHT (Flood Watch)

Cloudy, foggy and rainy. Lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds 15 to 20 mph out of the southeast with gusts near 30 mph. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible. Isolated locations to the southeast of Highlands could receive an inch or two more.

TUESDAY (Flood Watch until 8 am)

Foggy in the morning. Cloudy with highs in the mid-50s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south. 80% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the northwest. 30% chance of showers.

WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs near 60. 30% chance of showers.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near the lower 40s. 30% chance of showers.

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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY (Flood Watch)

Cloudy, rainy, and foggy. Highs in the lower 50s. Winds 20 to 25 mph out of the southeast with gusts as high as 40 mph. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between half and three-quarters of an inch expected and more is possible on southeastward-facing slopes.

TONIGHT (Flood Watch)

Cloudy, foggy, and rainy. Lows near 50 and winds 10 to 15 mph out of the southeast with gusts near 25 mph. 90% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch expected.

TUESDAY (Flood Watch until 8 am)

Patchy fog in the morning. Cloudy with highs in the upper 50s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south. 80% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected. Rain should mostly end by noon with lingering showers possible.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 40s and winds out of the northwest.

WEDNESDAY

Partly sunny with highs near 60. 30% chance of showers.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 40s. 30% chance of showers.

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GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR
11:57 pm last night am to 2:52 am this morning



HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

Heavy rainfall with flooding is through Tuesday morning, especially in the southeastern section of the county. Most of the heavier rains will be to our south and southeast. Runoff from these rains could cause streams and rivers to flood. Also, please be careful on the roads during this rain event. Heavy rains will cause rainfall and runoff to pond on area roads and properties that do not have sufficient drainage for heavy rains. Turn on your headlights so other motorists can see you and increase your following distance so you will have more time to react if they have troubles on the road related to the weather. Be on the lookout for downed power lines and debris on the roads.

Macon County is under a flood watch and copy of it is posted below for your convenience:

***Flood Watch***
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1030 PM EDT Sun Apr 22 2018

...HEAVY RAINFALL EARLY MONDAY THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT MAY PRODUCE FLOODING ACROSS PARTS OF THE WESTERN CAROLINAS AND NORTHEAST GEORGIA...

.A low-pressure system approaching from the west will be accompanied by abundant moisture. Strong southeasterly winds ahead of the system will wring out very heavy rainfall across the eastern slopes of the southern Appalachians and the adjacent foothills early Monday morning and possibly lingering through Monday night. The duration of moderate to heavy rainfall may produce flooding along streams, creeks, and main stem rivers within the Watch area. Longer duration flooding along main stem rivers could linger into mid-week.


...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING...



* Abundant moisture ahead of a low-pressure system slowly approaching from the west will yield heavy rainfall across the eastern slopes of the southern Appalachians and adjacent foothill areas through at least Monday night. Rainfall totals of 3 to 4 inches are expected in many of these locations, with localized 4 to 6 inch amounts in the most upslope preferred areas of the eastern slopes of the mountains.

* Flooding may develop along streams, creeks, and main stem rivers, especially through the day on Monday. Flooding is most likely along the upper reaches of the French Broad River and associated tributaries. This Flood Watch may need to be expanded into adjacent piedmont areas if rainfall amounts end up higher in those locations. Additionally, flooding from the heavy rainfall could linger into Tuesday or beyond, especially along any main stem rivers that flood.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts of heavy rainfall.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Consider moving vehicles and other property from known, flood-prone areas. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take quick action should flooding develop, including fleeing to higher ground.

Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/p/breaking-news-hub.html for those who are interested.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN



2:52 am this morning



MACON CALENDAR

If you have an event you wish to be added to this calendar, please send the information, along with a flyer in pdf format or a high-quality photo, to editor@maconmedia.com. If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphics. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.

FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB

April 25th Annual Birding Trip to Standing Indian

John and Cathy Sill will lead their annual birding trip to the Standing Indian area.
Meet at the Kmart parking lot (Westgate Plaza in Franklin) at 8:00 am to carpool up to Standing Indian with a few stops along the way.
Please sign up at 828-524-5234.

REVIVAL TO START WITH COVERED DISH SUPPER
Patton United Methodist Church, 119 Patton Church Road Franklin, will be starting their Revival this Sunday the 22nd at 6.30pm, with a covered dish supper beforehand at 5.30pm.
Pastor Dugar Strickland from Maysville Methodist Church in Maysville, GA will be leading their Revival. It will continue on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 7pm.


OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

I am writing to thank the residents of Franklin, Highlands, and Macon County for spreading joy to children around the world this Christmas. Through the generosity of the Macon County community, 4,636 shoeboxes were collected; and the Western North Carolina Area Team was able to exceed our goal by collecting 20,038 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The International total for 2017 was 11,012,840 shoeboxes!

As National Volunteer Week (April 15 – 21) approaches, I wanted to pass along information about an opportunity for Macon County residents to join a local volunteer team with Operation Christmas Child. This project of the international Christian relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse, sends gift-filled shoeboxes to millions of children in need each year and gives local residents the opportunity to make a worldwide impact. “National Volunteer Week is a great time to become a part of this international project,” said June Trull, who heads up the Western North Carolina Area Team of Operation Christmas Child.“Joining an Operation Christmas Child Area Team is an amazing way to give back year-round and share God’s love with children in need.”



Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries since 1993. This year, the local Western North Carolina Area Team hopes to collect 21,000 shoebox gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching more than 11 million children in need.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Thank You
Brenda Hackett
Samaritan's Purse
Media Support
Western North Carolina Area Team
Operation Christmas Child
828-369-6674/ bjandhack@hotmail.com
samaritanspurse.org/occnewsroom



COMMUNITY WALK ON THE GREENWAY

The Friends of the Greenway invites the community to participate in a "Walk on the Greenway" on April 21, 2018 at 10:30 AM beginning at the Macon County Library (on Siler Rd). Sunny Himes will lead about a 2 mile walk, highlighting several natural communities including a Red Cedar-Hardwood Woodland, Montane Alluvial Forest, and Floodplain wetlands. Discussion points will be historic and current uses of the land around the Greenway, how these uses shaped today's terrain and plant community compositions, and the challenges of wildland restoration in a popular urban park. Ms. Himes is a lecturer at Western Carolina University in botany, ecology and introduction biology. She is a past FROG Board member and continues to manage restoration projects on the Greenway. A $5 donation is suggested for this benefit walk. Send email of your interest in participating on the walk to: frog28734@gmail.com.




From Bully to Buddy, A Community Forum
Please note this forum is now taking place on the 26th of April

Bullying affects us all in different ways. Let’s work this out together.
Sincere invitations to the bully, the bullied and those in between — all ages — all genders Featuring: interaction, role playing, dialogue, discovery and direction (and some fun!)

This forum will be taking place on Wednesday, April 26 at 6 PM - 8 PM
pin in Tartan Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin, NC

Join the event page on Facebook to find out more and to receive updates. [LINK]




Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at the The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm


Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.




National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South


Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)

SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM

On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.



Sun and Moon


Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:24 a.m.
Sunrise 6:51 a.m.
Sun transit 1:32 p.m. (67.5°) (93.470 million miles away)
Sunset 8:12 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:39 p.m.

Day length 13 hours 21 minutes 21 seconds +2minutes 00 seconds from yesterday


Moon

Moonset 3:02 am
Moonrise 1:46 pm
Transit 8:50 pm (70.4°)
Distance 231,268 miles
Illumination 62.8%



Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]

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3:41 am on April 23, 2018

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Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, and the Weather Prediction Center.