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Monday, May 21, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, May 21, 2018




LOCAL NEWS

On Friday at noon, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #81 hosted a memorial service for Law Enforcement Memorial Day. WLOS-TV anchor Frank Kracher was the guest speaker at the ceremony. [LINK]

The Franklin Planning Board will be meeting today at 4 pm. The two main topics on the agenda are a review of Alternate Planning Board member applications and a text amendment adding utility requirements to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). [LINK]

LOCAL OUTLOOK

A humid air mass will remain atop the region through at least Tuesday. This will result in a continued high chance of showers and storms each afternoon and evening.

DAY SPONSOR

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

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

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

WEATHER SPONSOR



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

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

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

Weather Almanac for May 21st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 90°F in Franklin in 1975
Lowest Temperature 30°F in Highlands in 1993
Greatest Rainfall 4.03 inches in Highlands in 1901

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

Patchy fog before 9am. Isolated showers between 9am and noon, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs near 80. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

WEDNESDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

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OTTO AREA

TODAY

Patchy fog before 9am. Isolated showers between 9am and noon, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Light southeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

WEDNESDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

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

TODAY

Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. South wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 67. South wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. South wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

WEDNESDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.

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

TODAY

Patchy fog before 9am. Isolated showers before noon, then scattered showers and thunderstorms between noon and 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. South wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. South southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

TUESDAY

A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. Light south southeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

TUESDAY NIGHT

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

WEDNESDAY

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A 30 percent chance of showers before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

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GOES-16 GeoColor - True Color daytime, multispectral IR
12:02 am to 2:37 am this morning


HAZARDS

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible today and tonight. Severe weather is not anticipated.

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)
3:02 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 5:57 a.m.
Sunrise 6:25 a.m.
Sun transit 1:30 p.m.
Sunset 8:35 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:04 p.m.


Moon

Moonset 1:48 a.m.
Moonrise 12:44 p.m.
Moon transit 7:41 p.m.
Moonset 2:31 a.m. tomorrow morning

Phase of the Moon on May 21, 2018: First Quarter 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 3:25 am on May 21, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


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

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.

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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.

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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.


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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 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%.

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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%.

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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%.

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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%.

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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

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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]

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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