The Macon County Public Library, a member of the Fontana Regional Library, and the Friends of the Library installed their first Little Free Library at the Franklin Town Hall yesterday. The Little Library was initially stocked with books donated to the Friends of the Library and children’s books donated to Read2Me.
The Little Library, built by a dedicated volunteer Jim Hartje, was inspired by the architecture of the Macon County Public Library. Everyone is encouraged to use the Little Library to find something to read, where they can “take a book and return a book.”
Two UH-1Y Venoms and six AH-1W Super Cobras stopped to refuel at the Macon County Airport in Franklin, NC on October 16, 2014 and I was lucky enough to be able to capture the event on video and take a few photos while the Marines went about their duties. For those with a limited attention span, here is a short video:
and for those of us who can't get enough of this stuff, here is nearly 17 minutes of over an hour of footage:
The Macon County Planning Board met yesterday afternoon at the direction of the county commissioners to investigate a potential noise ordinance for the county. The bulk of the meeting consisted of a conversation with Sheriff Robbie Holland, who shared some statistics with the board.
He said according to the Macon County 911 Center, Macon County Deputies answered 13,443 calls in 2011, 13,337 calls in 2012, 14,125 calls in 2013 and 11,239 calls in the first ten months of 2014. The Sheriff said that each year one percent or less of those calls have been calls related to loud music and disruptive neighbors and many of those calls were multiple calls were to the same locations.
Gavel to gavel video of the meeting is below.
The board will meet again next month on November 20th at 4pm to hear some statistics on Animal Control response to loud animals and to hear from the county attorney. (He has been asked several times to attend a meeting to relay information and answer questions, but never has as long as I have been covering these meetings. The board will also been inquiring from jurisdictions that have noise ordinances about enforceability issues. MEDIA ROLL CALL Macon Media (me) The Franklin Press Macon County News and Shopping Guide If you read or hear a report about this meeting from another news organization, ask them where they got their information about the meeting.
Family friends and local dignitaries gathered at the Community Facilities Building to mark the renaming of the building in honor of the life and legacy of the late Bob Carpenter, who served eight terms in the North Carolina General Assembly and was very active in the community.
People shared their stories about Bob's life and a resolution passed by the Macon County Commissioners was hung in the entry and then dignitaries posed for photos. The above video is of the main event, and you can check out some photos I took over at Flickr.
More information: Video of Bob speaking at the 2010 convention of the Macon County Republican Party:
The Macon County League of Women Voters hosted a forum for candidates for county commissioner Thursday at noon in Tartan Hall. I posted a live play by play on Google Plus and Facebook and recorded the event on video. The video is embedded below so you can see the entire forum and hear word for word the questions and the answers to each.
During the October 6, 2014 meeting of the Franklin Town Board of Aldermen, the board passed a resolution reaffirming the ownership of the Nikwasi Mound and their desire to preserve it according to the deed for the citizens of the Town of Franklin and Macon County.
Here is a short video of the Mayor reading the resolution into the record and the 5-0 vote of the Aldermen approving it:
Here is the resolution:
WHEREAS, the ownership of the Nikwasi Mound shall remain with the Town of Franklin.
WHEREAS, the deed to Nikwasi Mound as written and recorded in October 1946 shall remain with the Town of Franklin and shall be preserved for the citizens of the Town of Franklin and Macon County.
WHEREAS, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has requested the Town of Franklin to allow them to maintain the mound.
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen that the board is open to discussion of maintenance of Nikwasi Mound by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The Town Board of Aldermen is honoring the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians offer of assistance of maintenance of Nikwasi Mound.
Here is a copy of the deed to Nikwasi (recorded 68 years ago today):
Chief Hicks and members of the tribe address the town board on the mound in March 2014:
The tribe has also recently passed a resolution that stated their unhappiness with the way the mound has been cared for and accused the town of "significant disrespect." read more about that at the WFSC-AM website.
David L Parlier
Owner / General Manager
Ruby Cinemas changes ownership
After working as the Manager of Ruby Cinemas for the last 15 years, as of Friday October 3, David Parlier will assume ownership of Macon County’s movie theater.
Parlier officially became owner of the theater on Friday and purchased the theater from James Dzurus and Harvey Gibbs, who have been part of the ownership since Ruby Cinemas first opened its doors in 1983.
“Becoming both the owner and general manager of Ruby Cinemas will allow me to make necessary decisions quickly to ensure that Ruby Cinemas is delivering the highest possible theater experience to our patrons.”
Now as the owner and General Manager of the theater, Parlier has a vision to revitalize the venue and offer the best entertainment experience possible for customers.
“Over the next 12 to 24 months our patrons will see a variety of changes under the new ownership of Ruby Cinemas,” said Parlier. “Some of these changes include a roll-out of a patron rewards program, visual improvements along with a larger variety of foods at our concession stand, a continued roll-out of new seating, showing of various alternative content (sporting events, gaming tournaments, etc), and an expansion of our free movie program various times throughout the year. Some other exciting plans will be announced at a later date.”
Parlier is wasting no time introducing new fun, free community events. The new owner plans to expand the theaters free movie program, which runs on select days throughout the summer, to upcoming holidays.
“This Halloween I am planning on two special events,” said Parlier. “The first is the kids "Flick or Treat" program that will take place on Wednesday, October 29 at 11 a.m. since schools are out. There will be free family appropriate Halloween movies, candy, costume contests with prizes, and more. This will be followed by the "Halloween Film Festival" just before midnight on Halloween Night with Halloween movies for adults, costume contests with prizes, and more. I encourage everyone to visit our Facebook page for more information on these events. I appreciate everyone's support for Ruby Cinemas and that I look forward to delivering the best possible movie experience for everyone in our great town. See you at the movies! ”
About Ruby Cinemas
Ruby Cinemas first opened its doors in 1983 as Ruby Twin with the purpose of offering everyone in Macon County first run movies throughout the year. The theater featured two screens and instantly got to work brining the biggest hit to Franklin. A third screen was added t the venue around 1988 and the name was changed to Ruby Cinemas. In 1998 a fourth screen was added to accommodate growth in the area along with a change in how movies are distributed by the film studios. In 2009 Ruby Cinemas begin the process of transitioning to all digital and was the first theater in Southwest NC to offer a digital and 3D presentation.
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Ruby Cinemas is located at 2097 Georgia Road and also has a website and Facebook page that are operated for your convenience so you can check showtimes.
The third debate in the series of debates sponsored by the Public Policy Institute and the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University wrapped up last night with incumbent NC Senator Jim Davis facing Jane Hipps in the new College of Health and Human Sevices Building on Little Savannah Road in Cullowhee, NC. The event was moderated by WLOS-TV Anchor Frank Fraboni. Both candidates were impassioned and forceful in making their points. Candidates were interrupted at times by members of the audience who disagreed with what was being said in the debate.
The candidates will face off again at the Burrell Building at Southwestern Community College on October 30th at 7pm.
Video of the full debate is posted below below for those of you who could not attend.
On Sunday, September 26, 2014, the candidates running for District Attorney in the 30th Prosecutorial District participated in a forum at the Colonial Theater in Canton, NC. Thomas Amburgey, District Attorney in the 28th District, moderated. The event was sponsored by the WNC Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Drugs in our Midst and hosted by the Town of Canton.
Here is the full video of the forum:
The candidates met one time previously to this in April at a forum hosted by the Macon-Jackson Fraternal Oder of Police Lodge #81. Video of that forum can be seen on Youtube.
The Macon County Board of Education held a special called meeting in order to have a budget work session. The main aim was to set priorities for Capital Outlay taking into account input from school principals and maintenance. The meeting last a little under two hours and board members voted to allocate approximately $52,000 of the $108,000 left in the Capital Outlay line item for a phone system for Soputh Macon Elementary School, a new L.E.D. lighting system for the high school gymnasium, a scissor lift for the maintenance department and mowers for East Franklin and Union Academy.
MEDIA ROLL CALL
PRESENT Macon Media (me)
The Franklin Press (arrived at 8:47am after the meeting had started)
ABSENT Macon County News and Shopping Guide
Special Called Meeting/Work Session
Macon County Board of Education
8:30am at the Macon County Administrative Offices
Call to Order
2014 - 2015 Local Budget
Capital Outlay Priorities and Requests
Other Business As Needed
Here is gavel to gavel coverage of the meeting:
Below is a copy of an informational sheet of Capital Outlay Requests for the 2014-2015 School Year as collected from the school principals and per a previous work session. **edit** The first and second page were accidentally transposed during the digitization process. I apologize for that error.
The school board will be meeting at 60m this Monday night at Highlands School, located at 545 Pierson Drive in Highlands, NC. Additional adjustments are expected to be made at the meeting.
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