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Franklin Town Board of Aldermen

Coverage of the meetings of the Franklin Town Board of Aldermen.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Agenda for September 24th Continuation Meeting of the Franklin Town Council



On Monday at 5:30 pm, the Town of Franklin will be having a continuation meeting from their regular meeting that took place on September 2, 2018. (See links to where you can watch videos from that meeting below).

Council Continuation Meeting
Agenda
September 24, 2018
5:30 pm

l. Call to Order- Mayor Bob Scott

2. Old Business

A.) Discussion on Non-Profit Funding Pool Applications for FY 2018-2019- Town Council
B.) Discussion on Mission and HCA Resolution- Town Council
C.) Discussion on Town of Franklin Comprehensive Plan- Town Attorney John Henning, Jr.

3. Adjournment

See video of the regular September meeting at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/09/franklin-town-council-september-4-2018.html

See the segment focusing on the Non-Profit Funding Requests at http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/09/non-profits-request-funds-from-town-of.html



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Published at 8:42 am on September 21, 2018




Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, September 21, 2018





LOCAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Dry and warm high pressure moves east across our region through Saturday. A weak cold front drops toward the area from the north on Sunday then moves back north as a warm front on Tuesday. A stronger cold front is forecast to approach our region on Wednesday. Highs will range from the lower 70s to the mid-80s and the lows will be in the 60s with low to moderate chances of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.


WEATHER SPONSOR



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Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:
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All your masonry needs are available. Our phone number is 828.524.8545, the public is welcome, we’ll help you with your with your next project.


Weather Almanac for September 21st (1872-2016)

Record Weather Events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 1978
Lowest Temperature 31°F in Highlands in 1918
Greatest Rainfall 2.78 inches in Highlands in 1923

Record Weather Events for September (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1964

An expanded almanac is available that covers record weather events, climate averages, and an astronomy section. [LINK]


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA

Today

Widespread dense fog, mainly before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Light and variable wind.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Light and variable wind. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm wind.

Sunday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.


Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.



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OTTO AREA

Today

Widespread dense fog, mainly before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near the lower 80s. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the lower 60s. Light and variable wind.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Light and variable wind. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm wind.

Sunday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.
Sunday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.



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HIGHLANDS AREA

Friday

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Friday Night

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 60. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Saturday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near the low-to-mid 70s.

Sunday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.



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NANTAHALA AREA

Friday

A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 60. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Calm wind.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 75.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.


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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
11:47 pm last night o 2:52 am this morning


HAZARDS

Severe 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



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
12:02 am to 2:47 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Sep 21 2018

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

1. A tropical wave located more than 700 miles southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands. Some gradual development of this system is possible during the next several days as the disturbance moves westward at 15 to 20 mph across the low latitudes of the eastern and central tropical Atlantic Ocean.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.

2. A small but concentrated area of showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave is located about 650 miles east of the Windward Islands. The combination of dry mid-level air and strong upper-level winds is expected to hinder any development of this disturbance while it moves westward to west-northwestward at around 10 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.

3. A non-tropical area of low pressure located less than 100 miles northeast of Bermuda, is moving southward at 10 to 15 mph. Shower activity has diminished significantly during the past several hours, and the combination of dry air and strong upper-level winds is expected to inhibit any significant development for the next several days while the system moves southward on Friday, and then drifts westward to the southwest of Bermuda over the weekend.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

4. Another non-tropical low pressure system is forecast to develop by Friday night over the central subtropical Atlantic Ocean midway between Bermuda and the Azores. Conditions are expected to be conducive for the low to acquire subtropical or tropical characteristics, and a subtropical or tropical cyclone is expected to form late this weekend or early next week while the low meanders over the central Atlantic Ocean.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 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.

Organizers of political events must make themselves available for a video interview at least 7 days before a political event they wish Macon Media to promote. Two weeks is the preferred time frame to maximize awareness.

Fontana Regional Library to Observe Banned Books Week

With the American Library Association, Fontana Regional Library will celebrate Banned Books Week 2018 September 23-29. The nationwide observance brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, authors, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek out and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

A banned book is one that has been removed from a school or library based upon the objections of a person or group; a challenged book is one that is threatened with removal or restriction. In many cases, a challenge is unsuccessful and the book remains on the shelf.

Read the entire press release on the blog. [LINK] http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/09/banned-books-week-honors-freedom-to-read.html

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

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at 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 6:55 a.m.
Sunrise 7:21 a.m.
Sun transit 1:27 p.m.
Sunset 7:32 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:57 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 3:57 a.m.
Moonrise 5:59 p.m.
Moon transit 11:23 p.m.
Moonset 4:52 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on September 21, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 89% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on September 24, 2018 at 10:52 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.


Become a Patron!

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.

3:25 am on September 21, 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, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Almanac for September 21, 2018



Macon Media will be experimenting with expanding the daily Extreme Almanac to post more information about weather extremes and averages in Macon County, in North Carolina and beyond.
For the next few months, features will be added or removed. If you have suggestions for what you would like to see included here, please email Almanac at editor@MaconMedia.com


Weather Averages for September in and around Macon County


Franklin Highlands Andrews Clayton Cullowhee Bryson City
High 78 72 80 79 78 80
Low 54 61 54 55 55 55
Rain 4.61 7.64 4.45 5.94 4.21 5.04
Snow 0 0 0 0 0 0



Record Weather Events for September 21st

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 1978
Lowest Temperature 31°F in Highlands in 1918
Greatest Rainfall 2.78 inches in Highlands in 1923

Record Weather Events for September
(1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1964

Record weather events for this date and month in Macon County

Record Weather Events for Sept 21st in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 102°F in Aberdeen, Moore County in 1895
Lowest Temperature 26°F in Montreat, Yancey County in 1938
Greatest Rainfall 6.67 inches in Edenton, Chowan County in 2016
(rainfall was due to the remnants of Tropical Storm Julia [LINK]


Record Weather Events for September in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 109°F in Weldon, Halifax County on 09-07-1954
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Marion, McDowell County on 09-28-2000
Greatest Rainfall 18.30 inches in Southport, Brunswick County on 09-16-1999

On This Day 


1989

Hurricane Hugo slammed into the South Carolina coast around 11 PM, making landfall near Sullivans Island. It was directly responsible for 13 deaths and indirectly responsible for 22 others. A total of 420 people were injured by the hurricane, and damage was estimated at eight billion dollars. Sustained winds reached 85 mph at Folly Beach, SC, with wind gusts as high as 138 mph. Wind gusts reached 98 mph at Charleston.

Video Coverage of Hurricane Hugo



From the NWS in Charleston, SC in 2014 for the 25th Anniversary of the storm







Sun and Moon

Sun

Begin civil twilight 6:55 a.m.
Sunrise 7:21 a.m.
Sun transit 1:27 p.m.
Sunset 7:32 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:57 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 3:57 a.m.
Moonrise 5:59 p.m.
Moon transit 11:23 p.m.
Moonset 4:52 a.m. tomorrow morning


The phase of the Moon on September 21, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 89% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon on September 24, 2018, at 10:52 p.m. (local daylight time)



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.



Become a Patron!

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.

Published at 3:00 am on September 21, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconAlmanac


Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.



Thursday, September 20, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, September 20, 2018




PUBLIC NOTICE
Town of Franklin

Notice is hereby given that the Franklin Town Council will have a special called meeting on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be held at the OEI Springhouse located on Spring Street in Highlands, North Carolina for the purpose of holding a joint meeting with the Town of Highlands and the Macon County Board of Commissioners.

**note** Macon Media will not be able to cover this meeting.

LOCAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Dry and warm high-pressure transitions from west to east across our region into the weekend. A weak cold front drops toward the area from the north on Monday. A stronger cold front is forecast to approach our region late next week with cooler temperatures.


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 you with your with your next project.


Weather Almanac for September 20th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F in Highlands in 1925
Lowest Temperature 31°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 4.95 inches in Highlands in 1924

Record Weather Events for September (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1964

Record weather events for this date and month in Macon County

Record Weather Events for Sept 20th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 102°F in Tarboro, Edgecombe County in 1895
Lowest Temperature 28°F in Fayetteville, Cumberland County in 1941
Greatest Rainfall 10.90 inches in Morehead City, Carteret County in 1955
(rainfall was due to Hurricane Ione [LINK] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Ione


Record Weather Events for September in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 109°F in Weldon, Halifax County on 09-07-1954
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Marion, McDowell County on 09-28-2000
Greatest Rainfall 18.30 inches in Southport, Brunswick County on 09-16-1999


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Widespread dense fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 60s. Light east wind.

FRIDAY

Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm wind.

SATURDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


SATURDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.



--------------------------------------

OTTO AREA

TODAY

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm. Widespread dense fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 60s. Light east wind.

FRIDAY

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm wind.

SATURDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


SATURDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.



--------------------------------------

HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. South southeast wind 5 to 7 mph.

FRIDAY

Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. South wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable.

SATURDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.



--------------------------------------

NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near the upper 70s. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 60. South southeast wind around 6 mph.

FRIDAY

Mostly sunny, with highs near the upper 70s. South southwest wind 5 to 8 mph.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. Southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.

SATURDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with highs near the upper 70s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.


--------------------------------------



GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
11:42 pm last night o 2:42 am this morning


HAZARDS

Severe 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



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

TROPICAL OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Sep 20 2018

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

1. A westward-moving tropical wave is producing a small but concentrated area of thunderstorms about 850 miles east of the Windward Islands. Some additional development is possible today before upper-level winds become increasingly unfavorable for tropical cyclone formation starting tonight and continuing through the weekend.

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

2. A non-tropical low pressure system is forecast to develop by Friday night over the central subtropical Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Azores. Conditions are expected to be conducive for the low to acquire some subtropical or tropical characteristics, and a subtropical or tropical cyclone could form over the weekend or early next week while the low meanders over the central Atlantic Ocean.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 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.

Organizers of political events must make themselves available for a video interview at least 7 days before a political event they wish Macon Media to promote. Two weeks is the preferred time frame to maximize awareness.

Fontana Regional Library to Observe Banned Books Week

With the American Library Association, Fontana Regional Library will celebrate Banned Books Week 2018 September 23-29. The nationwide observance brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, authors, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek out and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

A banned book is one that has been removed from a school or library based upon the objections of a person or group; a challenged book is one that is threatened with removal or restriction. In many cases, a challenge is unsuccessful and the book remains on the shelf.

Read the entire press release on the blog. [LINK] http://thunderpigblog.blogspot.com/2018/09/banned-books-week-honors-freedom-to-read.html

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

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at 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 6:55 a.m.
Sunrise 7:20 a.m.
Sun transit 1:27 p.m.
Sunset 7:33 p.m.
End civil twilight 7:58 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 3:03 a.m.
Moonrise 5:21 p.m.
Moon transit 10:37 p.m.
Moonset 3:57 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on September 20, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 82% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on September 16, 2018 at 7:15 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.


Become a Patron!

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3:10 am on September 20, 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, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, September 19, 2018





LOCAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Dry and warm high pressure will build today then slowly move east and off the southeast coast through the weekend. A weak cold front drops toward the area from the north on Monday.


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

Weather Almanac for September 19th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Highlands in 1925
Lowest Temperature 29°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 2.12 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1968

Record Weather Events for September (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1964

Record weather events for this date and month in Macon County

Record Weather Events for Sept 19th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 103°F in Aberdeen, Moore County in 1895
Lowest Temperature 28°F in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County in 1981
Greatest Rainfall 15.25 inches in Maysville, Onslow County in 1955
(rainfall was due to Hurricane Ione [LINK] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Ione


Record Weather Events for September in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 109°F in Weldon, Halifax County on 09-07-1954
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Marion, McDowell County on 09-28-2000
Greatest Rainfall 18.30 inches in Southport, Brunswick County on 09-16-1999


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 85. Light northwest wind.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm wind.

THURSDAY

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 60s. Light east southeast wind.

FRIDAY

Mostly sunny, with highs near the lower 80s.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.



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OTTO AREA

TODAY

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 85. Light north wind.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm wind.

THURSDAY

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near the lower 80s. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 60s. Light east southeast wind.

FRIDAY

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.



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HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

A slight chance of showers this afternoon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 756. North wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Light and variable wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph after midnight.

THURSDAY

Sunny, with a high near 75. Southeast wind 3 to 7 mph.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Southeast wind 3 to 7 mph.

FRIDAY

Mostly sunny, with highs near the lower 70s.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with lows int he lower 60s.



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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 60. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph after midnight.

THURSDAY

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near the upper 70s. South southeast wind 3 to 6 mph.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Southeast wind around 7 mph.

FRIDAY

A 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s.



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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
12:27 am to 3:32 am this morning


HAZARDS

Severe 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



GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR (Precipitation)
12:42 am to 3:37 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Sep 18 2018

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Joyce, located a few hundred miles south of the Azores. The NOAA Weather Prediction Center is issuing advisories on Post-Tropical Cyclone Florence, located inland over the central Appalachian mountains.

1. Disorganized showers and a few thunderstorms extending from Jamaica and eastern Cuba westward for a few hundred miles across the northwestern Caribbean Sea are associated with the remnants of Isaac. Environmental conditions are expected to remain unfavorable for re-development while the system moves west-northwestward to westward across the northwestern Caribbean Sea. While development is not expected, brief periods of locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds are possible over portions of Jamaica, as well as eastern and central Cuba, during the next day or two.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...near 0 percent.




MACON CALENDAR

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Fontana Regional Library to Observe Banned Books Week

With the American Library Association, Fontana Regional Library will celebrate Banned Books Week 2018 September 23-29. The nationwide observance brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, authors, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek out and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

A banned book is one that has been removed from a school or library based upon the objections of a person or group; a challenged book is one that is threatened with removal or restriction. In many cases, a challenge is unsuccessful and the book remains on the shelf.

Read the entire press release on the blog. [LINK]

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

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at 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

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Sep 19 2018

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

The National Hurricane Center has issued the final advisory on Post-Tropical Cyclone Joyce, located several hundred miles south of the Azores.

1. A tropical wave is producing a large area of disturbed weather more than 1200 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles. Environmental conditions are expected to be somewhat conducive for some slow development of this system through Friday while the disturbance moves westward to west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph. Over the weekend, however, upper-level winds are expected to become unfavorable for tropical cyclone formation to occur.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.


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.


Become a Patron!

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.

4:05 am on September 19, 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, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, September 18, 2018




Rainfall Totals for the Last Seven Days

While Hurricane Florence dropped large amounts of rain on the eastern half of North Carolina, the local impacts were minimal, with most places in Macon County receiving less than two inches. Here is a graphic from the
National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service showing radar estimates of rainfall for the past seven days.

The higher rain amounts in western North Carolina occurred due to orographic lift. This means more rain tends to fall on the side of a mountain range that faces approaching storms. The leeward side and valleys tend to receive less rain.



Fontana Regional Library to Observe Banned Books Week

With the American Library Association, Fontana Regional Library will celebrate Banned Books Week 2018 September 23-29. The nationwide observance brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, authors, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek out and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

A banned book is one that has been removed from a school or library based upon the objections of a person or group; a challenged book is one that is threatened with removal or restriction. In many cases, a challenge is unsuccessful and the book remains on the shelf.

Read the entire press release on the blog. [LINK]


LOCAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

The remnants of Florence will move north and northeast from the Virginias and across New England into midweek. Dry and warm high pressure builds in on Wednesday then slowly moves east through the weekend.


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 you with your with your next project.

Weather Almanac for September 18th (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 93°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 2.83 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1975

Record Weather Events for September (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1964

Record weather events for this date and month in Macon County

Record Weather Events for Sept 18th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 106°F in Fayetteville, Cumberland County in 1931
Lowest Temperature 28°F in Marion, McDowell County in 2000
Greatest Rainfall 7.75 inches in Hew Holland, Hyde County in 1928
(rainfall was due to the remnants of Hurricane #4 of the 1928 Hurricane Season, also known as The Great Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928) [LINK] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1928_Okeechobee_hurricane


Record Weather Events for September in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 109°F in Weldon, Halifax County on 09-07-1954
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Marion, McDowell County on 09-28-2000
Greatest Rainfall 18.30 inches in Southport, Brunswick County on 09-16-1999


WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm. 

[click on any image in this article to enlarge]
(These images replace the three-day forecast maps)





THREE DAY OUTLOOK



--------------------------------------

FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near the lower 80s. Calm wind becoming north northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 60. Calm wind.

WEDNESDAY

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming north northwest around 5 mph.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with lows near the lower 60s. Calm wind.

THURSDAY

Sunny, with a high near 85.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with lows near the lower 60s.



--------------------------------------

OTTO AREA

TODAY

A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with lows near the lower 80s. North northwest wind 3 to 5 mph.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Light north wind.

WEDNESDAY

Sunny, with a high near 85. Light and variable wind.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with lows near the lower 60s. Light northeast wind.

THURSDAY

Sunny, with highs near the lower 80s.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with lows near the lower 60s.



--------------------------------------

HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 8am and 3pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 75. North wind 6 to 8 mph.

TONIGHT

A 20 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 60. North wind around 7 mph.

WEDNESDAY

Sunny, with a high near 75. North wind 3 to 5 mph.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. East wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight.

THURSDAY

Sunny, with a high near 75.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.



--------------------------------------

NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

A 20 percent chance of showers before 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 75. North wind 5 to 7 mph.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 60. Northeast wind 3 to 5 mph.

WEDNESDAY

Sunny, with highs near the upper 70s. North wind 3 to 5 mph.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 60. East wind 3 to 6 mph.

THURSDAY

Sunny, with highs near the upper 70s.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly clear, with a low around 60.


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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
11:32 pm last night to 2:42 am this morning


HAZARDS

Severe 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



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

TROPICAL OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Sep 18 2018



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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Joyce, located a few hundred miles south of the Azores. The NOAA Weather Prediction Center is issuing advisories on Post-Tropical Cyclone Florence, located inland over the central Appalachian mountains.

1. Disorganized showers and a few thunderstorms extending from Jamaica and eastern Cuba westward for a few hundred miles across the northwestern Caribbean Sea are associated with the remnants of Isaac. Environmental conditions are expected to remain unfavorable for re-development while the system moves west-northwestward to westward across the northwestern Caribbean Sea. While development is not expected, brief periods of locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds are possible over portions of Jamaica, as well as eastern and central Cuba, during the next day or two.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...near 0 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.

Organizers of political events must make themselves available for a video interview at least 7 days before a political event they wish Macon Media to promote. Two weeks is the preferred time frame to maximize awareness.


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

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at 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 6:53 a.m.
Sunrise 7:19 a.m.
Sun transit 1:28 p.m.
Sunset 7:36 p.m.
End civil twilight 8:01 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 1:21 a.m.
Moonrise 3:55 p.m.
Moon transit 9:02 p.m.
Moonset 2:11 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on September 18, 2018: Waxing Gibbous with 66% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on September 16, 2018 at 7:15 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.


Become a Patron!

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.

3:20 am on September 18, 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, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Banned Books Week Honors the Freedom to Read



PRESS RELEASE
Fontana Regional Library

September 17, 2018


With the American Library Association, Fontana Regional Library will celebrate Banned Books Week 2018 September 23-29. The nationwide observance brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, authors, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek out and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

A banned book is one that has been removed from a school or library based upon the objections of a person or group; a challenged book is one that is threatened with removal or restriction. In many cases, a challenge is unsuccessful and the book remains on the shelf.

Even though Fontana Regional Library has not seen any books challenged or banned in Macon, Jackson, or Swain Counties recently, many popular and culturally important books have been banned in various communities over the years -- from Harry Potter to the Bible -- and it still happens today.

The American Library Association stands up for everyone’s right to make their own decisions about what they want (or don’t want) to read, with the understanding that parents make reading decisions on behalf of their own children.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Look for informational displays and book lists at Fontana Regional Library locations to learn more about protecting and honoring your right to read.

James LaRue, Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom asks, “How can libraries and literary advocates continue to encourage both individuals and whole communities to learn and grow, to understand the world around us? Censorship is not the answer.”

For more information, go to www.fontanalib.org or visit your local Fontana Regional Library location.



##END PRESS RELEASE##



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

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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.


Become a Patron!

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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.

Published at 3:35 pm on September 17, 2018