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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Franklin Planning Board Meeting Agenda
May 21, 2018



The Franklin Planning Board will be meeting at 4 pm on Monday, May 21st in the lower level of the town hall. The public agenda and agenda packet are posted below in the interest of p[romoting accountability and transparency in local government and local media outlets.


PUBLIC AGENDA

Town of Franklin
Planning Board Meeting
May 21, 2018, 4:00 pm

AGENDA

1. Approval of April 16, 2018 minutes

2. Public Comment (Limited to 5 Minutes)

3. Old Business

a) Review of Alt Planning Board applications
b) Text amendment adding utility requirements to UDO

4. Next Planning Board meeting June 18, 2018

5. Adjourn or set continuation of the meeting.


AGENDA PACKET




CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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

Published at 5:45 pm on May 20, 2018


Mecklenburg Resolves





Did you know that 243 years ago today, the Mecklenburg Resolves document was created by the Mecklenburg County Committee of Safety?

The Resolves were adopted by that same committee on May 31, 1775.

The Resolves were lost during the revolution and not rediscovered until 1838.

Here is the full text of the Resolves, with the original spelling retained:

The Mecklenburgh Resolutions

I. Resolved: That whosoever directly or indirectly abets, or in any way, form, or manner countenances the unchartered and dangerous invasion of our rights, as claimed by Great Britain, is an enemy to this country -- to America -- and to the inherent and inalienable rights of man.

II. Resolved: That we do hereby declare ourselves a free and independent people; are, and of right ought to be a sovereign and self-governing association, under the control of no power, other than that of our God and the General Government of the Congress: To the maintainance of which Independence we solemnly pledge to each other our mutual co-operation, our Lives, our Fortunes, and our most Sacred Honor.

III. Resolved: That as we acknowledge the existence and control of no law or legal officer, civil or military, within this county, we do hereby ordain and adopt as a rule of life, all, each, and every one of our former laws, wherein, nevertheless, the Crown of Great Britain never can be considered as holding rights, privileges, or authorities therein.

IV. Resolved: That all, each, and every Military Officer in this country is hereby reinstated in his former command and authority, he acting to their regulations, and that every Member present of this Delegation, shall henceforth be a Civil Officer, viz: a Justice of the Peace, in the character of a Committee Man, to issue process, hear and determine all matters of controversy, according to said adopted laws, and to preserve Peace, Union, and Harmony in said county, to use every exertion to spread the Love of Country and Fire of Freedom Throughout America, until a more general and organized government be established in this Province.

ABRAHAM ALEXANDER, Chairman.

JOHN MCKNITT ALEXANDER, Secretary.

#NChistory #MeckDec

Document Source: The Avalon Project [LINK]
















Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, May 20, 2018




LOCAL OUTLOOK

A persistent southerly flow will maintain a tropical-like moist atmosphere atop the region through at least Tuesday. This will result in a continued high chance of showers and storms each afternoon and evening.

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 May 20th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1996
Lowest Temperature 28°F in Highlands in 1894
Greatest Rainfall 4.07 inches in Highlands in 1959

Record Weather Events for May (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on May 20, 1996
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on May 2, 1963
Greatest Rainfall 4.2 inches in Highlands on May 23, 1923
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on May 7, 1992



THREE DAY OUTLOOK

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



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

TODAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 82. Light and variable wind. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Calm wind. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

-----------------------------------------
OTTO AREA

TODAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 82. Light and variable wind. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Calm wind. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers between midnight and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Patchy fog between midnight and 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Light west southwest wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the morning. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

MONDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. South wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers between midnight and 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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

TODAY

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Calm wind.

MONDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

MONDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph after midnight.

TUESDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 75. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

TUESDAY NIGHT

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

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


GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
12:07 am to 3:02 am this morning


HAZARDS

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible today and tonight. Severe weather is not anticipated. Minor flooding may be possible, mainly south and east of Highlands.

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)
3:07 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK

Hurricane Season Officially begins on June 1, 2018. Information will be added to this segment as systems develop.

MACON CALENDAR

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



OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

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

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



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

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

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


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 5:58 a.m.
Sunrise 6:26 a.m.
Sun transit 1:30 p.m.
Sunset 8:34 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:03 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 1:00 a.m.
Moonrise 11:38 a.m.
Moon transit 6:46 p.m.
Moonset 1:48 a.m. tomorrow morning


Phase of the Moon on May 20, 2018: Waxing Crescent with 33% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Closest Primary Moon Phase: First Quarter on May 21, 2018 at 11:49 p.m. (local daylight time)

Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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

Published at 3:20 am on May 20, 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, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, May 19, 2018




2018 Law Enforcement Memorial Service

The local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #81 brought together several local law enforcement agencies that serve Macon County yesterday in the annual service that marks Law Enforcement Memorial Day. Video of the service is posted on the blog. [LINK]

LOCAL OUTLOOK

The slow-moving low-pressure system will move away from our area today. The atmosphere will remain very moist for the next few days and keep a rather high chance of showers and storms each afternoon and evening. High temperatures will be near to just above normal and low temperatures about ten degrees above normal.


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 May 18th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 1960
Lowest Temperature 28°F in Highlands in 1984
Greatest Rainfall 2.65 inches in Highlands in 2003

Record Weather Events for May (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on May 20, 1996
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on May 2, 1963
Greatest Rainfall 4.2 inches in Highlands on May 23, 1923
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on May 7, 1992



THREE DAY OUTLOOK

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



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

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms possible throughout the day. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 78. South wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SUNDAY

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

MONDAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.

MONDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

-----------------------------------------
OTTO AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. South wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SUNDAY

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

MONDAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.

MONDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. South wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Southwest wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SUNDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Light southwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

MONDAY

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71.

MONDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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

TODAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 8pm and midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. South wind around 5 mph.

SUNDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

MONDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

MONDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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


GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
12:22 am to 3:17 am this morning


HAZARDS

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible today and tonight. Severe weather is not anticipated. Minor flooding may be possible, mainly south and east of Highlands.

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)
3:17 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK

Hurricane Season Officially begins on June 1, 2018. Information will be added to this segment as systems develop.

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.

SECOND AMENDMENT RALLY IN HAYWOOD COUNTY

A rally in support of the secondment will be taking place today from 11 am to 4 pm at the Haywood County Courthouse located at 215 North Main Street in Waynesville, NC. Learn more about the rally on the Facebook Event Page at https://www.facebook.com/events/203209256946665/

TRIMONT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY COMMUNITY YARDSALE

Want to sell all those extra items collecting dust around your house?

Join the indoor community yard sale at Trimont Christian Academy. Trimont will be doing community-wide advertising for this event.




OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

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

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



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

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

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


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

Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on May 15, 2018 at 7:48 a.m. (local daylight time)


Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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

Published at 3:50 am on May 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, and the Weather Prediction Center.

Friday, May 18, 2018

2018 Law Enforcement Memorial Service



The Fraternal Order Order Police (FOP) Lodge #81 held their annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service at Courthouse Square. The guest speaker was Frank Kracher, an anchor at WLOS-TV in Asheville, NC.



MEDIA ROLL CALL
(media outlets with representatives present)

Macon Media
WNCC-FM/WFSC-AM

WLOS-TV (reporter, photographer, and guest speaker)
The Franklin Press
Macon County News and Shopping Guide (photographer)
Keeping Up With Macon County
Highlands Paper


2017 Fallen North Carolina Police Officers

February 16, 2017
Major Jay R Memmelaar, Jr
Goldsboro Police Department
Goldsboro, NC

April 26, 2017
Sergeant Meggan Lee Callahan
NC Department of Public Safety
Division of Prisons

July 12, 2017
K-9 Chris
Yancey County Sheriff's Office

October 12, 2017
Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Skinner Darden
NC Department of Public Safety
Division of Prisons

October 12, 2017
Correction Officer Justin James Smith
NC Department of Public Safety
Division of Prisons

October 30, 2017
Correction Officer Wendy Letitia Shannon
NC Department of Public Safety
Division of Prisons


FOP Lodge #81 also remembers the following officers from Western North Carolina

October 3, 2001
Master Trooper Calvin E Taylor
North Carolina Highway Patrol

May 31, 2003
Senior Trooper Anthony G Cogdill
North Carolina Highway Patrol

June 17, 2008
Trooper David Shawn Blanton, Jr
North Carolina Highway Patrol

June 28, 2008
Deputy Sheriff Robert "Bob" Killian
Macon County Sheriff's Office

October 23, 2013
Senior Police Officer Robert A Bingaman
Asheville Police Department

Event Program



Master of Ceremonies
Al Caiata. FOP Lodge #81

Invocation
The Rev. Dr. Curtis Fussell

Posting of Colors
Franklin Police Department
Highlands Police Department
Macon County Sheriff Office

National Anthem
Officer Dwayne Cabe
Franklin Police Department

"God Bless America"
Pastor Scott Eichelberger, Piper

Introduction of Special Guests
Sheriff Robert Holland
Macon County Sheriff Office

Guest Speaker
Frank Kracher, WLOS-TV

Roll Call of Fallen Officers
Steve Mason
Highlands Police Department
Vice President, FOP Lodge #81

Bell Tolled After Each Name
Gary Keppen
Cape Coral Police Department, Retired

"Going Home"
Pastor Scott Eichelberger, Piper

Placing of the Wreath
Captain Steve Apel
Franklin Police Department
Lieutenant Mike Jolly
Highlands Police Department

"Amazing Grace"
Pastor Scott Eichelberger, Piper

21 Gun Salute
Honor Guard Unit
American Legion Post #108
VFW Post #7339

Benediction
The Rev. Dr. Curtis Fussell

Retiring of Colors
Franklin Police Department
Highlands Police Department
Macon County Sheriff Office

Taps
Ashely Bishop
Franklin High School

Photographs





Press Release: Little Free Library Coming to Parker Meadows Complex

PRESS RELEASE
Macon County Public Library

The Macon County Public Library, a member of the Fontana Regional Library, and the Friends of the Library are pleased to be installing another Little Free Library at the Parker Meadows Complex. Located off Highway 64 west of Franklin, this 40+ acre sports complex offers an assortment of outdoor recreational activities. With a majestic view of the Nantahala Mountains, the refreshing waters of the Cartoogechaye Creek, walking paths and other outdoor activities, the Parker Meadow Complex is a great setting for the newest Little Free Library.

The Friends of the Library have been instrumental in placing Little Free Libraries at the Franklin Town Hall, the Iotla Methodist Church, the Holly Springs Community Building, the Otto Community Development Organization, the Mulberry Methodist Church, and the Macon County Crawford Senior Center. These libraries are conveniently located in great places for people of all ages to find good things to read. If you’re not familiar with Little Free Libraries, check out their website at www.littlefreelibrary.org.

The Parker Meadows little library, built by the 2016 Franklin High School Carpentry Class under the guidance of Mr. Rick Rogers, was inspired by the architecture of our larger library. Thanks go out to all of the volunteers who made this little library possible, with special thanks to Gene Young and Walter Pope. The little library will be stocked with books collected by community members, books donated to the Friends of the Library, and children’s books donated to Read2Me. Everyone is encouraged to use the Little Free Libraries to find something to read, where they can “take a book and return a book.”

We’d love to have you join us to celebrate the installation of the Little Free Library at the Parker Meadows Complex on 4199 Patton Road west of Franklin on Thursday, May 24th at 10:00am (weather permitting). If you can’t make it, no problem – the Little Free Library will be there for you on your next visit to the Parker Meadows Complex!


Electrical Outages in County
9:45 am Update

Weather conditions have caused a little over 500 Duke Energy customers to be without electrical service this morning. Duke Energy crews are working to restore service as soon as they can. Haywood EMC is not reporting any outages in the county at this time (9:45 am).

Otto Community Outage Information

In the biggest outage, over 400 Duke Energy customers are without service in the Coweetal Lab Road area. Duke estimates a time of restoration between 1 pm and 3 pm this afternoon. A map of the impacted area will be added when it becomes available.

**9:52 am update** Map added to the article.






Highlands Community Outage Information

Lightning has caused an outage in the Highlands area that has impacted 43 Duke Energy customers. A crew is on the scene and restoration is expected by 11:30 am this morning.




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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. You have made it possible for Macon Media to begin purchasing state of the art equipment and begin work on building a real website with features not employed by any local news outlets.

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

Published at 9:46 am on May 18, 2018



Flash Flood Watch Continued Until 8:00 Tonight
Friday, May 18, 2018


The National Weather Service has extended the Flood Watch for our area until 8 pm tonight. The Flood Advisory for areas south of Highlands has also been extended until 8 pm this evening. A detailed weather briefing is available on the blog. [LINK]

The full text of the Flood Watch has been posted below for your convenience.


URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Flood Watch
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
723 AM EDT Fri May 18 2018

...HEAVY RAIN EXPECTED TO CONTINUE ALONG THE BLUE RIDGE...

.Abundant subtropical moisture will remain over the area. Rounds of showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop along the Blue Ridge this morning and again this afternoon. Flash flooding will continue to be possible.


...FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

The Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for portions of northeast Georgia, western North Carolina, and upstate South Carolina, including the following areas,

in northeast Georgia, Rabun.

In western North Carolina, Avery, Buncombe, Burke Mountains, Caldwell Mountains, Henderson, Macon, McDowell Mountains, Mitchell, Polk Mountains, Rutherford Mountains, Southern Jackson, Transylvania, and Yancey.

In upstate South Carolina, Greenville Mountains, Oconee Mountains, and Pickens Mountains.

* through this evening

* Conditions are favorable for heavy rain showers to pass through the same areas repeatedly. This will saturate the ground and could cause flash flooding. Small streams and creeks may be overwhelmed and could rise out of their banks, flooding nearby lowlands.

* Roads may be closed due to high water. Some bridges or low-water crossings may be washed away.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.


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.


DAY SPONSOR

A donor supporting the Haywood County 2nd Amendment Rally is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. The rally will be taking place on Saturday, May 19th from 11 am to 4 pm at the Haywood County Courthouse located at 215 North Main Street in Waynesville, NC. Learn more about the rally on the Facebook Event Page. [LINK]

CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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

Published at 8:10 am on May 18, 2018



Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, May 18, 2018




LOCAL OUTLOOK

The threat for numerous showers and a few thunderstorms will linger into Saturday as a slow moving slow-moving system impacts our region. Locally heavy rainfall remains possible until the low departs. High temperatures will be near normal and low temperatures about ten degrees above normal.

DAY SPONSOR

A donor supporting the Haywood County 2nd Amendment Rally is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for today. The rally will be taking place on Saturday, May 19th from 11 am to 4 pm at the Haywood County Courthouse located at 215 North Main Street in Waynesville, NC. Learn more about the rally on the Facebook Event Page at https://www.facebook.com/events/203209256946665/

Interesting Weather Post

Take a look at these aerial photos of hail on the ground after a hailstorm in Colorado:



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 May 18th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 1960
Lowest Temperature 28°F in Highlands in 1984
Greatest Rainfall 2.65 inches in Highlands in 2003

Record Weather Events for May (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 92°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on May 20, 1996
Lowest Temperature 23°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on May 2, 1963
Greatest Rainfall 4.2 inches in Highlands on May 23, 1923
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 2.5 inches in Highlands on May 7, 1992



THREE DAY OUTLOOK

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



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FRANKLIN AREA

TODAY

Showers likely before 8am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 8am and noon, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2am and 3am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. East southeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SATURDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. South wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SUNDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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OTTO AREA

TODAY

Showers likely before 8am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 8am and 11am, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11am. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 3am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3am. Patchy fog between midnight and 1am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 60. East wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SATURAY

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9am, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Southeast wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Calm wind.

SUNDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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HIGHLANDS AREA

TODAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 3pm, then showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Areas of fog before 11am. High near 68. South wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely between 8pm and 4am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4am. Patchy fog between midnight and 1am. Low around 57. South southeast wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SATURDAY

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9am, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. South wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. South southwest wind around 5 mph.

SUNDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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NANTAHALA AREA

TODAY

Showers likely before 8am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 8am and noon, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 72. South wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TONIGHT

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely between 8pm and 3am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. South southeast wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

SATURDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. South southwest wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Light south wind.

SUNDAY

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

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


HAZARDS

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible this afternoon and tonight. The storms will be slow moving and could produce heavy rain over some areas leading to localized flooding. Some of the strongest storms could produce small hail and gusty winds as well.

The National Weather Service issued a Flood Watch for the Blue Ridge Escarpment that is in effect until 8 am this morning. This includes the Highlands and Scaly Mountain areas of the county. A copy of the watch is posted below for your convenience.

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1044 PM EDT Thu May 17 2018

...HEAVY RAIN EXPECTED TO CONTINUE ALONG THE BLUE RIDGE...

.Abundant subtropical moisture will remain over the area. Rounds of showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop along the Blue Ridge, bringing heavy rain to areas where the ground remains saturated from rainfall earlier this week. Flash flooding is especially likely in these areas.


...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM EDT TODAY...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* portions of northeast Georgia, western North Carolina, and upstate South Carolina, including the following areas,
in northeast Georgia, Rabun.
In western North Carolina, Avery, Buncombe, Burke Mountains, Caldwell Mountains, Henderson, Macon, McDowell Mountains, Mitchell, Polk Mountains, Rutherford Mountains, Southern Jackson, Transylvania, ahd Yancey.
In upstate South Carolina, Greenville Mountains, Oconee Mountains, and Pickens Mountains.

* until 8 AM EDT TODAY

* Conditions are favorable for heavy rain showers to pass through the same areas repeatedly. This will saturate the ground and could cause flash flooding. Small streams and creeks may be overwhelmed and could rise out of their banks, flooding nearby lowlands.

* Roads may be closed due to high water. Some bridges or low-water crossings may be washed away.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.
You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

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)
2:52 am this morning

TROPICAL OUTLOOK

Hurricane Season Officially begins on June 1, 2018. The Atlantic Basin is quiet today, so nbo outlook will be posted.



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.


HOPE FOR BO BENEFIT AT SOUTH MACON ELEMENTARY

Saturday, June 2nd at 5pm

Find out more at the Facebook Event Page at https://www.facebook.com/events/201864977204318/permalink/204797916911024/

SECOND AMENDMENT RALLY IN HAYWOOD COUNTY

A rally in support of the secondment will be taking place on Saturday, May 19th from 11 am to 4 pm at the Haywood County Courthouse located at 215 North Main Street in Waynesville, NC. Learn more about the rally on the Facebook Event Page at https://www.facebook.com/events/203209256946665/



The 4th Annual Veterans Military Convoy

Spectators and Flag Wavers are encouraged to line the route to show their appreciation for the service of our veterans.

Details of the event are posted below:

4TH ANNUAL VETERANS HONOR CONVOY
Saturday, May 19th, Armed Forces Day
10:00am to 5 pm


2018 ROUTE 


Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School to Kellys Creek to HWY 246 to HWY 441 S. Convoy will travel south on 441 through Dillard, Mountain City, Clayton, and Wiley ending at Tallulah Falls Middle School where there will be a small reception for our vets and their families. Riders convene at RGNS at 9:00am.





TRIMONT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY COMMUNITY YARDSALE

Want to sell all those extra items collecting dust around your house?

Join the indoor community yard sale at Trimont Christian Academy. Trimont will be doing community-wide advertising for this event.




OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

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

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



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

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

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


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

Closest Primary Moon Phase: New Moon on May 15, 2018 at 7:48 a.m. (local daylight time)


Sky Guides for this week


Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


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

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

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

CROWDFUNDING OR DAY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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

Published at 3:20 am on May 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, and the Weather Prediction Center.