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Franklin Town Board of Aldermen

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, October 22, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure over the region will retreat offshore today as a low-pressure system and associated cold front approaches from the Mississippi Valley. The cold front, and associated abundant moisture, will sweep east through the region Monday through Monday night, with drier and cooler conditions then developing through mid-week. Another cold front will approach from the west toward next weekend.

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:



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



Weather Almanac for October 22nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 82°F in Highlands in 1931
Lowest Temperature 15°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1952
Greatest Rainfall 2.74 inches in Highlands in 1956
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (none recorded)


Record weather events for October in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on Oct 20, 1913


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly cloudy with clearing skies by noon. Highs in the 60s in the higher elevation and the lower 70s in the lower elevations. Calm winds in the morning then winds 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Cloudy with fog expected to develop around midnight. Lows in the 50s and winds from the southeast. Rain chances increasing through the night with rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch expected.



MONDAY heavy rain

Cloudy and rainy with highs in the 60s and winds 10 to 15 mph from the southeast, gusting to 20 mph. Near 100% chance of rain, heavy at times, with rainfall amounts between 2 and 3 inches expected.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 40s and winds out of the south and southwest 5 to 10 mph, shifting to come out of the west after midnight. Rain is expected to end mainly before 9 pm.



TUESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs ranging from the upper 50s in the higher elevations to the lower 60s in the lower elevations. Slight chance of showers.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the 30s.

HAZARDS



Hazardous weather is not expected today. Rain is expected to move in after dark and will grow increasingly heavier. Two to three inches of rain is expected to fall on Monday, so if you are out driving in the rain, turn on your headlights so other motorists can see you, increase the distance you follow other vehicles. Rainfall runoff may pond on area roadways and hydroplaning may become an issue.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the possibility of frost in the area later in the week. It is posted below for your convenience:

..THURSDAY...Frost/freeze possible. Brisk northwest winds may bring subfreezing air into the parts of the western North Carolina mountains Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Oct 22 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


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.

It is FFA Christmas Tree order time.....
Help support our Franklin FFA ( Future Farmers of America )....
* All proceeds go to the students for competitions *

FFA students are taking orders for Christmas trees...locally grown Frasier Firs...hand selected by students, 6ft, 7ft, 8ft... $25.00 each...order now - pick up Sat Nov 25 9am-12....Ag Building at Franklin HS....contact Gregory Charles Spala 813-838-7693 or Lori Spala 813-503-2160 calls, text & vm or via FB messenger or send comment...
Cash or checks (FHS....memo line FFA Christmas Tree)

**Thursday, November 16th DEADLINE for orders & money turn in for Christmas Trees**


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 7:20 a.m.
Sunrise 7:46 a.m.
Sun transit 1:18 p.m.
Sunset 6:50 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:15 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 10:15 a.m.
Moon transit 3:39 p.m.
Moonset 9:00 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on October 22, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 8% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on October 19, 2017 at 3:12 p.m. (local daylight time)



Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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]

CROWD FUNDING 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



Posted at 4:10 am on October 22, 2017

#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. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, October 21, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure will remain in place over our region today into Sunday. Meanwhile, a low-pressure system will develop over the lower Mississippi River Valley late in the weekend and move across the southeast early next week. A cold front associated with this system will cross the region Tuesday, and cooler air will spill into the area through mid-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:



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



Weather Almanac for October 21st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1943
Lowest Temperature 14°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1952
Greatest Rainfall 1.80 inches in Franklin in 1882
Greatest One-Day Snowfall (none recorded)


Record weather events for October in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on Oct 20, 1913


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy fog early. Cloudy through mid-morning, then sunny skies. Highs ranging from the 60s in the higher elevations and the 70s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southeast.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 40s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast.



SUNDAY

Partly cloudy early, then becoming mostly cloudy by the afternoon with highs in the 60s and wind 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 50s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast, gusting to 25 mph. Rain chances increasing through the period, with rainfall expected to start mainly after midnight.



MONDAY

Cloudy with rain, heavy at times. Highs in the 60s and winds 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph. Rain should transition into showers in the afternoon.

MONDAY NIGHT

Cloudy with lows in the 40s. Near 100% chance of rain.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today. Pumpkinfest is today in Franklin. Main Street, Iotla Street and Phillips Street are closed, so adjust your travel plans accordingly.

If you are out driving in the fog, please turn on your headlights so other motorists can see you and increase your following distance.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the possibility of frost in the area. It is posted below for your convenience:

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Oct 21 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


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.

It is FFA Christmas Tree order time.....
Help support our Franklin FFA ( Future Farmers of America )....
* All proceeds go to the students for competitions *

FFA students are taking orders for Christmas trees...locally grown Frasier Firs...hand selected by students, 6ft, 7ft, 8ft... $25.00 each...order now - pick up Sat Nov 25 9am-12....Ag Building at Franklin HS....contact Gregory Charles Spala 813-838-7693 or Lori Spala 813-503-2160 calls, text & vm or via FB messenger or send comment...
Cash or checks (FHS....memo line FFA Christmas Tree)

**Thursday, November 16th DEADLINE for orders & money turn in for Christmas Trees**


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 7:19 a.m.
Sunrise 7:45 a.m.
Sun transit 1:18 p.m.
Sunset 6:51 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:16 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 9:19 a.m.
Moon transit 2:53 p.m.
Moonset 8:22 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on October 21, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 4% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on October 19, 2017 at 3:12 p.m. (local daylight time)



Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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]

CROWD FUNDING 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



Posted at 5:25 am on October 21, 2017

#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. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

This Week at NCDOT: Deer Driving Safety and Highway Dedication









RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.

Deer Driving Safety Tips


With the daylight hours becoming shorter and the weather getting cooler, the N.C. Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to keep an eye out for deer while on the road.

Last year in North Carolina, there were nearly 18,000 animal-related crashes, most of which involved deer. That brings the total over the past three years to nearly 54,000 collisions, 14 people killed, over 3,000 injured and $136 million in property damage.

For the fourteenth year in a row, Wake County led the state in the number of animal-vehicle crashes with 730, followed by Pitt County with 550 and Guilford County which had 549 crashes. Counties in the western part of the state have fewer drivers and roads, meaning less animal crashes. Graham County had just eight, while Swain County had 10.

To keep you and your family safe this fall, remember to:
  • Slow down in posted deer crossing areas and heavily wooded areas, especially during the late afternoon or early evening;
  • Don’t swerve to avoid a collision with deer as this could cause you to lose control or veer into oncoming traffic; and
  • Deer often travel in groups, so assume if one crosses the road in front of you there may be others following
For more safety tips, visit NCDOT.gov.

Jimmy Goins Highway Dedication


A special ceremony was recently held in Maxton to dedicate a portion of N.C. 71 after the late Jimmy Goins, who was killed in a car crash in 2015.
Goins was an army veteran and chairman of the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina from 2004 until 2010. He was praised for helping revitalize its culture and quality of life.

Joined by more than 100 people, Goins’ wife Diane and loved ones unveiled the Jimmy Goins Highway sign during the ceremony while Grady Hunt, the first Lumbee to serve on the N.C. Board of Transportation, emceed the event.

 **END ARTICLE**



CROWD FUNDING 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 11:02 am on October 20, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, October 20, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

High pressure will dominate the local weather pattern this weekend. Temperatures will gradually edge up a few degrees during that time. Meanwhile, a low-pressure system and frontal pattern will bring increased chances of rain early next week. 


LOCAL NEWS

Yesterday was the first day of One-Stop Early Voting in the 2017 Municipal Elections. Only 7 people took the opportunity to do so. More information is on the blog. [LINK]



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:



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



Weather Almanac for October 20th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 88°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1943
Lowest Temperature 21°F in Franklin in 1981
Greatest Rainfall 3.87 inches in Highlands in 1950
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands in 1913


Record weather events for October in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on Oct 20, 1913


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy fog, dense in some places. Cloudy through mid-morning, then sunny skies. Highs ranging from the 60s in the higher elevations and the 70s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the northeast in the morning, shifting to come out of the east around noon, then the southeast in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the upper 30s and lower 40s. Winds out of the southeast.



SATURDAY

Sunny with highs in the 60s to near 70 and winds out of the southeast.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the 40s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the southeast.



SUNDAY

Mostly sunny in the morning, then becoming mostly cloudy by the afternoon. Highs in the 60s.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 50s. 50% chance of rain, mainly after midnight.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

If you are out driving in the fog, please turn on your headlights so other motorists can see you and increase your following distance.

The Nati0onal Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the possibility of frost in the area. It is posted below for your convenience:

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


TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Oct 20 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


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.

It is FFA Christmas Tree order time.....
Help support our Franklin FFA ( Future Farmers of America )....
* All proceeds go to the students for competitions *

FFA students are taking orders for Christmas trees...locally grown Frasier Firs...hand selected by students, 6ft, 7ft, 8ft... $25.00 each...order now - pick up Sat Nov 25 9am-12....Ag Building at Franklin HS....contact Gregory Charles Spala 813-838-7693 or Lori Spala 813-503-2160 calls, text & vm or via FB messenger or send comment...
Cash or checks (FHS....memo line FFA Christmas Tree)

**Thursday, November 16th DEADLINE for orders & money turn in for Christmas Trees**


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 7:18 a.m.
Sunrise 7:44 a.m.
Sun transit 1:18 p.m.
Sunset 6:52 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:18 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 8:22 a.m.
Moon transit 2:07 p.m.
Moonset 7:47 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on October 20, 2017: Waxing Crescent with 1% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on October 19, 2017 at 3:12 p.m. (local daylight time)



Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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]

CROWD FUNDING 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



Posted at 3:46 am on October 20, 2017

#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. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Day One of Early Voting in Franklin Nets 7 Voters



Today was the first day for One-Stop Early Voting in the 2017 Municipal Election in Franklin. As of 4:40 pm, only 7 people had voted, all in the Franklin election.

Early voting in Highlands will begin on October 26th and early voting will end at both locations at 1 pm on Saturday, November 4th. Election Day will be Tuesday, November 7th, from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm.


SAMPLE BALLOTS

Franklin Municipal Election



Highlands Municipal Election



An election calendar and video of the sole candidate forum so far this season are posted below for those who are interested.

Election Calendar

Oct 09 Absentee by Mail Began
Oct 13 Vote Registration Ended
Oct 19 One-Stop Early Voting Began at the Franklin Board of Elections Office
Oct 26 One-Stop Early Voting Begins at the Highlands Civic Center
Oct 31 Deadline for Absentee by Mail Requests at 5 pm
Nov 04 One-Stop Early Voting Ends at 1 pm, both locations
Nov 07 Municipal Election Day, 6:30 am to 7:30 pm; Absentee Ballots Must be Received or Postmarked at 5 pm
Nov 17 Official Canvass Meeting at 11 am


September 26th Candidate Forum



Another candidate forum will be held on October 26th, from 6 pm to 7 pm at The Lazy Hiker Brewing Company. [EVENT LINK]




CROWD FUNDING 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



Posted at 5:25 pm on October 19, 2017





Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, October 19, 2017
Readers Report Fireball in the Sky





LOCAL NEWS

Several readers reported seeing a fireball last night. The American Meteor Society reports Information about the two events Macon Media believes best fits what readers have described. It is likely some readers saw one and others saw another. Details about each event are posted below. If you saw a fireball last night, or see one in the future, please visit the following link to make a report. [LINK]



9:40 pm Fireball [LINK to AMS Report]

This fireball was reported over South Carolina, moving from the south to the north. From our perspective, it would have been seen moving from right to left to anyone looking southeast and east.



9:47 pm Fireball [LINK to AMS Report]

This fireball was reported over Indiana, moving from the northeast to the southwest and was observed in several states. From an observer in Macon County looking north or northwest, it would have moved from right to left.

Meteor Showers

There are several meteor showers occurring right now, and since there is no moon in the sky for the next several nights,, when it is clear, conditions will be good for watching them. More information is posted below.

Orionids (Aug 25 – Nov 19)

More articles on meteor activity can be seen at the following locations:

American Meteor Society

Earth Sky

Astronomy Magazine

Sky and Telescope Magazine


LOCAL OUTLOOK

Cool high pressure will move off the East Coast by the end of the week providing a light south to southwest flow of milder air. Temperatures will warm a little to a few degrees above normal through the weekend. A strong cold front will arrive next week bringing precipitation and potentially the coldest air so far this season.



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:



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



Weather Almanac for October 19th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1984
Lowest Temperature 21°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1948
Greatest Rainfall 3.20 inches in Highlands in 1916


Record weather events for October in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on Oct 20, 1913


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Widespread dense fog. Sunny with highs ranging from the 60s in the higher elevations to the lower 60s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the northwest in the morning, shifting to come out of the west by noon.

TONIGHT

Clear with lows near the lower 40s and winds out of the north, becoming light and variable after midnight.



FRIDAY

Sunny with highs near the lower 70s. Winds out of the northeast in the morning, then from the south in the afternoon.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows near the lower 40s and winds out of the east.



SATURDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the 60s.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with skies becoming mostly cloudy by midnight. Lows in the 40s.

HAZARDS

After the dense fog lifts, no hazardous weather is expected today. Some locations in Macon County could see frost after midnight tonight. If you have frost-sensitive plants, either cover them up or bring them indoors.

If you are out driving in the fog, please turn on your headlights so other motorists can see you and increase your following distance.

The Nati0onal Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the possibility of frost in the area. It is posted below for your convenience:


..THURSDAY...Frost/freeze possible. Patchy frost is possible late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.


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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Oct 19 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


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.


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 7:18 a.m.
Sunrise 7:43 a.m.
Sun transit 1:18 p.m.
Sunset 6:53 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:19 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 7:24 a.m.
Moon transit 1:22 p.m.
Moonset 7:13 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on October 19, 2017: New Moon at 3:12 p.m. (local daylight time)


Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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]

CROWD FUNDING 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



Posted at 4:12 am on October 19, 2017

#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, October 18, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, October 18, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Cool high pressure will move off the East Coast for the second half of the week providing a light south to southwest flow of milder air. Temperatures will warm a little to a few degrees above normal through the weekend. A strong cold front will arrive early next week which brings the coldest air so far this season.



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:



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



Weather Almanac for October 18th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 83°F in Franklin in 1984
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1943
Greatest Rainfall 7.00 inches in Franklin in 1879


Record weather events for October in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on Oct 20, 1913


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy frost in the morning. Sunny skies with highs ranging from the 50s in the higher elevations to the 60s in the lower elevations and winds out of the south.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with areas of frost overnight as temperatures dip into the 30s. Winds will be out of the east.



THURSDAY

Areas of frost in the morning. Sunny skies with highs in the 60s and variable light winds.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Clear with lows ranging from the upper 30s to the mid-40s and winds out of the north.



FRIDAY

Sunny with highs in the 60s and lower 70s.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the 40s.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected today. Some locations in Macon County could see frost after midnight tonight. If you have frost-sensitive plants, either cover them up or bring them indoors.

The Nati0onal Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the possibility of frost in the area. It is posted below for your convenience:

..WEDNESDAY...Frost/freeze likely. Frost will burn off shortly after sunrise.

..THURSDAY...Frost/freeze possible. Patchy frost is possible late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.



...FROST ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 9 AM EDT WEDNESDAY...

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Frost Advisory, which is in effect from 2 AM to 9 AM EDT Wednesday.

* LOCATIONS...The mountains of western North Carolina, plus the northern foothills counties of Caldwell, Burke and McDowell.

* TEMPERATURES...Lows in the mid to upper 30s.

* WINDS...Light and variable overall, but calm in some spots.

* IMPACTS...Frost may damage sensitive vegetation, such as flowering plants or summer vegetables. It may be necessary to cover these plants to protect them from the cold.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Frost Advisory means that widespread frost is expected. Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.


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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Oct 18 2017

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


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.


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 7:17 a.m.
Sunrise 7:42 a.m.
Sun transit 1:19 p.m.
Sunset 6:54 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:20 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 6:26 a.m.
Moon transit 12:36 p.m.
Moonset 6:40 p.m.

Phase of the Moon on October 18, 2017: Waning Crescent with 1% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on October 19, 2017 at 3:12 p.m. (local daylight time)


Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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]

CROWD FUNDING 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



Posted at 4:05 am on October 18, 2017

#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, October 17, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, October 17, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

Dry conditions and below-normal temperatures will persist through mid-week. Warmer temperatures will return later this week as deep-layer ridging sets up over the southeastern states.



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:



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



Weather Almanac for October 17th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 81°F in Franklin in 1953
Lowest Temperature 20°F in Highlands in 1978
Greatest Rainfall 7.50 inches in Highlands in 1879


Record weather events for October in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on Oct 20, 1913


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the 50s in the higher elevations to the mid-60s in the lower elevations. Winds out of the north.

TONIGHT

Clear with areas of frost, mainly after midnight, lows in the 30s and winds out of the east.



WEDNESDAY

Areas of frost in the morning then sunny with highs ranging from the 50s in the higher elevations to the low to mid-60 in the lower elevations. Winds out of the southeast.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Clear with lows in the 30s and winds out of the southeast.



THURSDAY

Sunny with highs ranging from the 50s in the higher elevations to the lower 60s in the lower elevations and variable light winds.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Clear with lows ranging from the upper 30s to the lower 40s.

HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected today. Some locations in Macon County could see frost after midnight tonight. If you have frost-sensitive plants, either cover them up or bring them indoors.

The Nati0onal Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the possibility of frost in the area. It is posted below for your convenience:

..WEDNESDAY...Frost/freeze likely. Frost will burn off shortly after sunrise.

..THURSDAY...Frost/freeze possible. Patchy frost is possible late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

***Frost Advisory***
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
335 AM EDT Tue Oct 17 2017

...FIRST FROST EXPECTED FOR SOME OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA TONIGHT...

.Clear skies and light winds will permit temperatures to dip well below normal tonight. In the the North Carolina mountains and foothills, the combination of temperatures in the 30s and moist surface conditions will allow areas of frost to form.



...FROST ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 9 AM EDT WEDNESDAY...

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Frost Advisory, which is in effect from 2 AM to 9 AM EDT Wednesday.

* LOCATIONS...The mountains of western North Carolina, plus the northern foothills counties of Caldwell, Burke and McDowell.

* TEMPERATURES...Lows in the mid to upper 30s.

* WINDS...Light and variable overall, but calm in some spots.

* IMPACTS...Frost may damage sensitive vegetation, such as flowering plants or summer vegetables. It may be necessary to cover these plants to protect them from the cold.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Frost Advisory means that widespread frost is expected. Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.


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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Oct 17 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

1. Satellite-derived wind data indicate that a sharp surface trough of low pressure lies over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean, with an associated area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms extending from Puerto Rico northward to near Bermuda. Although tropical cyclone development is becoming less likely due to strong upper-level winds, this disturbance is forecast to merge with a cold front over the western Atlantic by tonight, and a non-tropical area of low pressure is expected to develop along the front and move toward the north Atlantic during the next few days.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.


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.


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 7:16 a.m.
Sunrise 7:42 a.m.
Sun transit 1:19 p.m.
Sunset 6:56 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:21 p.m.


Moon

Moonrise 5:26 a.m.
Moon transit 11:49 a.m.
Moonset 6:06 p.m.


Phase of the Moon on October 17, 2017: Waning Crescent with 5% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on October 19, 2017 at 3:12 p.m. (local daylight time)


Sky Guides for this week

I took some epic photos of the solar eclipse, but have not yet had time to process them. I will be producing material from the photos and video for sale as a fundraiser for Macon Media. --Bobby

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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]

CROWD FUNDING 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



Posted at 4:18 am on October 17, 2017

#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.