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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Public Safety Log for 02-18-2020


Duke Energy contractors replacing a pole on Main Street in Franklin on Feb 17, 2020 [LINK]



Public Safety Log for 02-18-2020


1:18am Vehicle Fire Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD

• Car fire reported near Cat Creek Road and Jack Cabe Road with a structure in danger. [LINK]

3:50am Medical Call Franklin EMS/Franklin VFD

4:03am Medical Transport Franklin EMS

• Code Yellow from Angel ER to Mission in Asheville






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Published on Tuesday, February 18, 2020





Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, February 18, 2020





Outlook

Moisture will gradually return to the region early this week ahead of the next approaching cold front. This will bring periods of precipitation to the county through the middle of the week as this front crosses the area before stalling just to our south. Drier and cooler air return for the end of the week.


Candidate Forum February 22

The Smoky Mountain Republican Women is sponsoring a forum for congressional candidates this Saturday, February 22, from 4:00 - 6:00 P.M. in the meeting room of United Community Bank, located at 132 Rodney Orr By-pass in Robbinsville.

Candidates for other races will be allowed to speak.

“Everyone is invited to come and participate. Candidates need to know which issues are important to people in the westernmost part of the state,” said Charlene Hogue, club president.

There will be no admission fee charged for the forum and light refreshments will be provided.

Smoky Mountain Republican Women is affiliated with the North Carolina and the National Federations of Republican Women. For more information please call (828) 371-8247 or send a message to the club's Facebook page. [LINK]


Public Safety Log

Public Safety Log for today [LINK]



THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.



The next one shows the forecast for rain in 24hour totals over the next few days.



And this one shows the forecast for 24-hour snowfall totals over the same time period.






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Weather Hazards

Our local weather pattern will be a quiet one over the weekend before the rain returns next week.






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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]






FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

A chance of rain before 8am, then showers, mainly after 8am. Patchy fog between 10am and 2pm. Highs near 60. Calm winds. The chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers. Patchy fog. Lows in the mid-40s. Light and variable winds. The chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday

A chance of showers before noon, then a chance of rain between noon and 1pm, then a chance of showers after 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

A 20 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Winds out of the north 3 to 5 mph.

Thursday

A 40 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with highs in the mid-40s.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s.





OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

A chance of rain before 8am, then showers, mainly after 8am. Patchy fog between 7am and 2pm. Highs near 60. Calm winds. The chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers. Patchy fog. Lows in the mid-40s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph after midnight. The chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Showers likely before noon, then a chance of showers. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the northeast wind 3 to 5 mph.

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with highs in the mid-40s.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s.





HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST


Today

Rain before 1pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm and showers after. Patchy fog. Highs in the lowe 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers. Patchy fog. Lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight. The chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Showers likely, mainly before 7am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

A chance of rain before midnight, then a chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thursday

A chance of rain and snow before noon, then a chance of rain between noon and 5pm, then a chance of rain and snow after 5pm. Cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 30s. The chance of precipitation is 50%.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 20s.





NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Rain before 1pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 1pm and 4pm, then showers after 4pm. Patchy fog after 10am. Highs in the mid-50s. Winds out of the south 3 to 5 mph. The chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers, mainly before 5am. Patchy fog. Lows in the lower 40s. Light and variable winds. The chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday

A chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of rain between 9am and 1pm, then a chance of showers after 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 50. Winds out of the north 3 to 7 mph. The chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

A slight chance of rain before 4am, then a chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph shifting to come out of the east after midnight. The chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thursday

A chance of rain and snow before 8am, then a chance of rain. Cloudy, with highs near 40. The chance of precipitation is 50%.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s.


Published at 5:00am on Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Monday, February 17, 2020

Lowering of US and NC Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Former NC Lt. Gov. Jordan





Governor Roy Cooper today ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff beginning Monday, February 17, 2020 until sunset on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 in honor of former North Carolina Lt. Governor Robert "Bob" Jordan, who passed away on Sunday.

In 1984, Jordan was elected lieutenant governor, serving from 1985 to 1988. Prior to his role as lieutenant governor, Jordan served as a state senator from 1976 to 1984. A service celebrating Jordan's life will be held on Wednesday, February 19 at the West Montgomery High School Auditorium in Mt. Gilead, North Carolina.

Statement from Governor Roy Cooper:

"Today we lost a great North Carolinian with the passing of my friend and former Lt. Governor Bob Jordan. He was passionate about education and made a real difference helping people from all walks of life. Our prayers are with his entire family, especially his wife Sarah and his granddaughter Cole."

As a show of respect, individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the duration of time indicated.

Please note, all North Carolina flag announcements are issued in accordance to regulations outlined in the US Flag Code.

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Published at 12:30pm on Monday, Feb 17, 2020




Daily Weather Briefing for Washington's Birthday, February 17, 2020





Outlook

Moisture will gradually return to the region early this week ahead of the next approaching cold front. This will bring periods of precipitation to the county through the middle of the week as this front crosses the area before stalling just to our south. Drier and cooler air return for the end of the week.

DAY SPONSOR

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Their phone number is 371-4718.

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

George Washington's Birthday



Today is the Federal Holiday marking George Washington's Birthday. Learn more about why we celebrate it on the Mount Vernon website. [LINK]

Candidate Forum in Robbinsville on February 22

The Smoky Mountain Republican Women is sponsoring a forum for congressional candidates this Saturday, February 22, from 4:00 - 6:00 P.M. in the meeting room of United Community Bank, located at 132 Rodney Orr By-pass in Robbinsville.

Candidates for other races will be allowed to speak.

“Everyone is invited to come and participate. Candidates need to know which issues are important to people in the westernmost part of the state,” said Charlene Hogue, club president.

There will be no admission fee charged for the forum and light refreshments will be provided.

Smoky Mountain Republican Women is affiliated with the North Carolina and the National Federations of Republican Women. For more information please call (828) 371-8247 or send a message to the club's Facebook page. [LINK]

Macon County Candidate Forum

Macon Media attended a forum hosted by The Macon County News and WNCC-FM/WFSC-AM at the Macon County Library last Thursday. Videos are available online. [LINK]

Franklin Planning Board Meets This Afternoon

The Franklin Planning Board will be meeting this afternoon in the lower level of the town hall. The two items on the agenda include a presentation of the draft of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and a discussion on minor multi-family dwelling units. A copy of the agenda has been posted below, as well as a copy of the agenda packet.

Franklin Planning Board
Feb 17, 2020 at 4:00pm
Lower Level Town Hall

AGENDA

1. Approval or changes to the agenda
2. Approval of October 21, 2019 minutes
3. New Business
A. Presentation of Draft Comprehensive Land Use Plan
B. Discussion about clarification on minor multi-family dwelling units
4. Next Planning Board meeting Monday, March 16, 2020
5. Adjourn oo set continuation of the meeting

Agenda Packet





Public Safety Log
(this section is temporarily deprecated until I get caught up with videos from past meetings.



THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.



The next one shows the forecast for rain in 24hour totals over the next few days.



And this one shows the forecast for 24-hour snowfall totals over the same time period.






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 next project.




Weather Hazards

Today will be a quiet one. Rain is expected to return late tonight or tomorrow.






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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]






FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Washington's Birthday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Light winds out of the southeast. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers likely before 10am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 10am and noon, then showers after noon. Patchy fog before 7am. Highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

Showers. Lows in the mid-40s. Light and variable winds coming out of the west around 5 mph after midnight. The chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s.

Wednesday Night

A chance of rain before 9pm, then a chance of rain after 3am. Cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. The chance of precipitation is 30%.






OTTO AREA FORECAST


Washington's Birthday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 11pm. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 11am and 1pm, then showers after 1pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Highs near 60. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming light and variable after the storms roll through. The chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

Showers. Lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Light and variable winds increasing and shifting to come out of the northwest around 5 mph after midnight. The chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming light and variable by midmorning.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s.





HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST


Washinton's Birthday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds increasing and shifting to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly after 5am. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 10am and 3pm, then showers after 3pm. Highs in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the southwest in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers. Lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the east in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

A chance of rain before 2am, then a chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. The chance of precipitation is 30%.





NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Washington's Birthday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing and coming out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 2am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. WInds out of the south 3 to 5 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers, mainly after 9am. Patchy fog before 7am. Highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. WInds out of the south 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the west in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers. Lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with highs near 50. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night

A chance of rain before 4am, then a chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. The chance of precipitation is 30%.


Published at 5:00am on Monday, February 17, 2020

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, February 16, 2020





Outlook

Cool and dry high pressure will slowly move away today, then moisture will gradually return to the region early in the week ahead of the next approaching cold front. Another round of rain is expected as the front crosses the area Tuesday and Tuesday night. Light precipitation and cool temperatures may linger through the middle of the week as this front becomes stalled just south of the area.

Candidate Forum

Macon Media attended a forum hosted by The Macon County News and WNCC-FM/WFSC-AM at the Macon County Library last Thursday. Videos are available online. [LINK]

Franklin Planning Board to Meet Monday

The Franklin Planning Board will be meeting Monday afternoon in the lower level of the town hall. The two items on the agenda include a presentation of the draft of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and a discussion on minor multi-family dwelling units. A copy of the agenda has been posted below, as well as a copy of the agenda packet.

Franklin Planning Board
Feb 17, 2020 at 4:00pm
Lower Level Town Hall

AGENDA

1. Approval or changes to the agenda
2. Approval of October 21, 2019 minutes
3. New Business
A. Presentation of Draft Comprehensive Land Use Plan
B. Discussion about clarification on minor multi-family dwelling units
4. Next Planning Board meeting Monday, March 16, 2020
5. Adjourn oo set continuation of the meeting

Agenda Packet





Public Safety Log
(this section is temporarily deprecated until I get caught up with videos from past meetings.



THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.



The next one shows the forecast for rain in 24hour totals over the next few days.



And this one shows the forecast for 24-hour snowfall totals over the same time period.






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 next project.




Weather Hazards

Our local weather pattern will be a quiet one over the weekend before the rain returns next week.






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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]






FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-50s. Light winds out of the south.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Calm winds.

Washington's Birthday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 4pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Calm winds increasing to 5 mph and shifting to come out of the southeast in the late afternoon.

Monday Night

A chance of rain before midnight then showers likely after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Calm winds Increasing to 5 mph and shifting to come out of the southeast after midnight. The chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tuesday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Highs near 60. The chance of precipitation is 80%.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 4am. Cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. The chance of precipitation is 70%.






OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

Mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds increasing to 5 mph and shifting to come out of the south in the afternoon.

Tonight

Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Calm winds.

Washington's Birthday

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds increasing to 5 mph and shifting to come out of the in the afternoon.

Monday Night

A chance of rain before 9pm, then showers likely between 9pm and 4am, then rain likely after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 6 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70%.

Tuesday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Highs near 60. The chance of precipitation is 80%.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 3am, then a chance of rain after 5am. Cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. The chance of precipitation is 70%.





HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST


Today

Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph.

Sunday Night

Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph.

Washington's Birthday

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 50. Light and variable winds shifting to come out of the south around 5 mph by midmorning.

Monday Night

A chance of rain before 9pm, then showers likely, mainly after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70%.

Tuesday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Highs in the mid-50s. The chance of precipitation is 80%.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 4am. Cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. The chance of precipitation is 70%.





NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the south around 5 mph.

Tonight

Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Light and variable winds.

Washington's Birthday

A slight chance of showers between 4pm and 5pm, then a slight chance of rain after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds increasing to around 5 mph out of the south. The chance of precipitation is 20%.

Monday Night

A chance of rain before 8pm, then showers likely, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tuesday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Highs in the upper 50s. The chance of precipitation is 80%.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 2am. Cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. The chance of precipitation is 70%.


Published at 5:00am on Sunday, February 16, 2020

Saturday, February 15, 2020

2020 Candidate Forum
Candidates for Macon County Commissioner



A forum for candidates for Macon County Board of Commissioners was held last Thursday, the 13th of February at the Macon County Public Library. The event was hosted by The Macon County News and WNCC-FM/WFSC-AM.

Brittney Lofthouse of the Macon County News was the Master of Ceremonies.

Before the main event, other candidates who were present were given the opportunity to speak about their campaign for office. Links to each of those candidates is below.

Justin Greene for District Court Judge[LINK]
Tamara Zwinak for Congress [LINK]
Karl Gillespie for NC House [LINK]
Dr. Sarah Conway for NC Senate [LINK]
Kevin Corbin for NC Senate [LINK]
Jim Moore for District Cout Judge [LINK]



Below are videos of the County Commissioner Candidate Forum, divided into segments by question.



Introductions




Funding for Public Education



Use of National Forests in Macon County




Sheriff's Budget




Balancing Representation of Outlying Communities



Last Words






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Published at 12:40pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020

2020 Candidate Forum
Jim Moore for District Court Judge



A forum for candidates for Macon County Board of Commissioners was held last Thursday, the 13th of February at the Macon County Public Library. Before the forum started, candidates for other offices were given the opportunity to introduce themselves. The event was hosted by The Macon County News and WNCC-FM/WFSC-AM.

Brittney Lofthouse of the Macon County News was the Master of Ceremonies.



Jim Moore is a candidate for District Court Judge.

A video of the full forum and links to the other candidates who spoke can be found elsewhere on Macon Media. [LINK]




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Published at 12:28pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020

2020 Candidate Forum
Kevin Corbin for NC Senate



A forum for candidates for Macon County Board of Commissioners was held last Thursday, the 13th of February at the Macon County Public Library. Before the forum started, candidates for other offices were given the opportunity to introduce themselves. The event was hosted by The Macon County News and WNCC-FM/WFSC-AM.

Brittney Lofthouse of the Macon County News was the Master of Ceremonies.




Kevin Corbin is a candidate for NC Senate.

A video of the full forum and links to the other candidates who spoke can be found elsewhere on Macon Media. [LINK]




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Published at 12:25pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020

2020 Candidate Forum
Dr. Sarah Conway for NC Senate



A forum for candidates for Macon County Board of Commissioners was held last Thursday, the 13th of February at the Macon County Public Library. Before the forum started, candidates for other offices were given the opportunity to introduce themselves. The event was hosted by The Macon County News and WNCC-FM/WFSC-AM.

Brittney Lofthouse of the Macon County News was the Master of Ceremonies.




Dr. Sarah Conway is a candidate for NC Senate.

A video of the full forum and links to the other candidates who spoke can be found elsewhere on Macon Media. [LINK]




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Published at 12:19pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020

2020 Candidate Forum
Karl Gillespie for NC House



A forum for candidates for Macon County Board of Commissioners was held last Thursday, the 13th of February at the Macon County Public Library. Before the forum started, candidates for other offices were given the opportunity to introduce themselves. The event was hosted by The Macon County News and WNCC-FM/WFSC-AM.

Brittney Lofthouse of the Macon County News was the Master of Ceremonies.




Kark Gillespie is a candidate for NC House.

A video of the full forum and links to the other candidates who spoke can be found elsewhere on Macon Media. [LINK]




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Published at 12:16pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020

2020 Candidate Forum
Tamara Zwinak for Congress



A forum for candidates for Macon County Board of Commissioners was held last Thursday, the 13th of February at the Macon County Public Library. Before the forum started, candidates for other offices were given the opportunity to introduce themselves. The event was hosted by The Macon County News and WNCC-FM/WFSC-AM.

Brittney Lofthouse of the Macon County News was the Master of Ceremonies.



Tamara Zwinak is a candidate for Congress.

A video of the full forum and links to the other candidates who spoke can be found elsewhere on Macon Media. [LINK]




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Published at 12:11pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020

2020 Candidate Forum
Justin Greene for District Court Judge



A forum for candidates for Macon County Board of Commissioners was held last Thursday, the 13th of February at the Macon County Public Library. Before the forum started, candidates for other offices were given the opportunity to introduce themselves. The event was hosted by The Macon County News and WNCC-FM/WFSC-AM.

Brittney Lofthouse of the Macon County News was the Master of Ceremonies.



Justin Greene is a candidate for District Court Judge.

A video of the full forum and links to the other candidates who spoke can be found elsewhere on Macon Media. [LINK]




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Published at 12:05pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020

2020 Election Coverage:
Candidate Forum for County Commissione Candidates

This is a duplicate post.





This is a placeholder post for the February 13, 2020, candidate forum that was held at the Macon County Library. When all video segments have been uploaded, and articles are written, the full forum will be posted here and links added to the segments. The current goal is 5am Monday, Feb 17th.


A forum for candidates for Macon County Board of Commissioners was held last Thursday, the 13th of February at the Macon County Public Library. The event was hosted by The Macon County News and WNCC-FM/WFSC-AM.

Brittney Lofthouse of the Macon County News was the Master of Ceremonies.

Before the main event, other candidates who were present and wished to speak were given the opportunity to speak about their campaign for office. Links to each of those speakers is below.

Justin Greene for District Court Judge[LINK]
Tamara Zwinak for Congress [LINK]
Karl Gillespie for NC House [LINK]
Dr. Sarah Conway for NC Senate [LINK]
Kevin Corbin for NC Senate [LINK]
Jim Moore for District Cout Judge [LINK]



Below are videos of the County Commissioner Candidate Forum, divided into segments by question.



Introductions




Funding for Public Education



Use of National Forests in Macon County




Sheriff's Budget




Balancing Representation of Outlying Communities



Last Words






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Published at 12:40pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020


Published at 5:50am on Saturday, Feb 15, 2020


Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, February 15, 2020





Outlook

With cool and dry high pressure in place today, moisture will gradually return to the area later this weekend ahead of the next approaching cold front, which will cross the county Tuesday or Tuesday night. Light precipitation and cool temperatures may linger through the middle of the week as this front becomes stalled just south of us.

Franklin Planning Board to Meet Monday

The Franklin Planning Board will be meeting Monday afternoon in the lower level of the town hall. The two items on the agenda include a presentation of the draft of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and a discussion on minor multi-family dwelling units. A copy of the agenda has been posted below, as well as a copy of the agenda packet.

Franklin Planning Board
Feb 17, 2020 at 4:00pm
Lower Level Town Hall

AGENDA

1. Approval or changes to the agenda
2. Approval of October 21, 2019 minutes
3. New Business
    A. Presentation of Draft Comprehensive Land Use Plan
    B. Discussion about clarification on minor multi-family dwelling units
4. Next Planning Board meeting Monday, March 16, 2020
5. Adjourn or set continuation of the meeting

Agenda Packet





Public Safety Log
(I have been busy processing videos of recent meetings and have not been able to keep track of public safety calls over the last few days and this will likely continue for the next week or so. I apologize for the failure. --Bobby)

Today's log is available and will be updated as needed. [LINK]

Yesterday's log is also online. [LINK]



THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
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Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.



The next one shows the forecast for rain in 24hour totals over the next few days.



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Weather Hazards

Our local weather pattern will be a quiet one over the weekend before the rain returns next week.






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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]





FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm by midnight.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Calm winds.

Washington's Birthday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night

A chance of showers before 8pm, then rain likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. The chance of precipitation is 70%.






OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 7 mph.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows around 30. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm in the middle of the evening.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Calm winds.

Washington's Birthday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light and variable winds.

Monday Night

A chance of rain before midnight, then showers likely, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. The chance of precipitation is 60%.




HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST


Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 7 mph.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows around 30. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Calm winds.

Washington's Birthday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light and variable winds.

Monday Night

A chance of rain before midnight, then showers likely, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. The chance of precipitation is 60%.





NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 7 mph.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows around 30. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Calm winds.

Washington's Birthday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light and variable winds.

Monday Night

A chance of rain before midnight, then showers likely, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. The chance of precipitation is 60%.


Published at 5:00am on Saturday, February 15, 2020

Friday, February 14, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, February 14, 2020





Outlook

Cool and dry high pressure will build across the area through Saturday. Wet weather will gradually return to the region Sunday through Monday, with the next cold front likely crossing the area from the west by early Wednesday.

Candidate Forum Held at Library

The Macon County News and Shopping Guide and WFSC-AM/WNCC-FM hosted a Forum for County Commissioner Candidates and the Macon County public Libary last night. It was preceded by a Meet and Greet for candidates running for any office. Videos will be published over the next few days.


Public Safety Log

The public safety logs have not been updated in the last few days due to an attempt to catch up on processing video from recent meetings. Macon Media apologizes for this shortcoming.

Today's log is available and will be updated as needed. [LINK]

Yesterday's log is also online. [LINK]



THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.



The next one shows the forecast for rain in 24hour totals over the next few days.



And this one shows the forecast for 24-hour snowfall totals over the same time period.






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Weather Hazards

Additional rainfall, heavy at times, could fall over the region tonight and Thursday. Flooding could result.






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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]






FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows around 20. WInds out of the northwest around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the south around 6 mph by midmorning.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Light and variable winds.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.





OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows in the lower 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the south 3 to 7 mph.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Light and variable winds.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 50s.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s.





HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST


Today

Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable before midnight.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the upper 30s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the south in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. WInds out of the south 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the west after midnight.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-40s.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.





NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Clear, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable before midnight.

Saturday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs near 50.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.


Published at 5:00am on Friday, February 14, 2020