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Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County School Board.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, May 22, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

There will be an increased chance of showers and thunderstorms through Thursday afternoon. Low pressure will form today along a stalled front over the northern Gulf coast and track northeast across our region tonight. A deep upper trough forms over the Mississippi Valley Tuesday night and Wednesday with the axis crossing the southern Appalachians early Thursday. This results in cooler than normal temperatures until an upper ridge builds over our area for the weekend bringing a return to Spring temperatures.

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 Almanac for May 22nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Highlands in 1941
Lowest Temperature 28°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1954
Greatest Rainfall 4.00 inches in Highlands in 1916
Greatest Snowfall There has been no measurable snowfall recorded in Macon County on this date since 1872 when weather record-keeping started.


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Patchy fog this morning. Mostly cloudy with highs in the 70s and light winds out of the northwest. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts not expected to exceed a tenth of an inch, except where thunderstorms occur.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog overnight. Cloudy with lows dipping into the mid to upper-50s for most of us. Calm winds. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected.



TUESDAY

Cloudy with highs in the low to mid-70s and variable light winds. 70% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a quarter and a half an inch expected.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 50s and winds out of the west-northwest calming before midnight. 50% chance of rain.



WEDNESDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs near 70. 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 50. 40% chance of rain.


HAZARDS

No hazardous weather is expected today. The National Weather Service is calling for periods of heavy rain today and tomorrow.

Heavy rain with a potential for localized flooding is possible tomorrow. Up to 2 to 4 inches is possible through Thursday afternoon. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for today and tomorrow and it is posted below for your convenience.

NWS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

..TODAY...Heavy rain possible. A cold front moving slowly through the region may produce very heavy rainfall in any thunderstorms that develop.

..TUESDAY...Heavy rain with flooding possible. Low pressure returning from the southwest may produce yet another round of heavy rainfall. Rainfall totals will likely reach 2 to 4 inches in many places, with locally higher amounts possible.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN


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
There is no charge for civic, educational or non-profit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC and EDC, where full rates apply.



Tuesday, May 23 at 4pm, Macon County Public Library

Facebook Privacy Settings

Level: Advanced Beginner.
Registration is required as space is limited. To register for this class, please visit the Reference Desk or call 524-3600.

Learn who can see your posts and how to control your privacy settings on Facebook. This class is for people who already have a Facebook account and want to have a better understanding of their privacy options. Participants will learn, 1. where to find their overall privacy settings and how to adjust them, 2. where to find the privacy settings for individual posts and how to adjust them. We will discuss what happens when you post things publicly, versus just for your friends, versus on other people's timelines. You will also learn how to deactivate your account (in case you ever want to take a break from Facebook), how to reactivate it, and how to close your account permanently. Participants will also learn where to find additional resources on Facebook privacy topics so that they can continue to be informed about their privacy choices in the ever-changing
landscape of social media.

Tuesday, May 23 at 6 pm at Nantahala School - BOARD OF EDUCATION

The Macon County Board of Education will be meeting at Nantahala School at 213 Winding Stairs Rd in Topton, NC for this month's meeting instead of at the Central Offices in Franklin.


Wednesday, May 24th, 7:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library

Musical performance “Livin’ the Dream”

WCU Roadworks is an outreach program sponsored by the College of Fine and Performing Arts that presents free theatrical, music, film and visual arts events to organizations and communities throughout the region. The School of Music was chosen to present the program this year, utilizing the performing ensemble The Catamount Singers and Electric Soul. This group consists of four of the best singers from the School of Music.
Together, they have prepared a show entitled: “Livin’ the Dream.” The show consists of energetic modern pop tunes, Jazz standards, and classic rock and funk, all complete with impressive choreography. It will feature each of the singers, along with brief narrations about the School of Music and the arts at WCU.


Thursday, May 25– FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB - Jim and Ellen Shelton will lead a bird walk in the Stecoah area.

This will be one of our longer birding ventures. The drive to Stecoah is about an hour long. Birders may want to bring lunch or snacks–and of course, water. The planned return to Franklin is about 2:00 pm.

Meet at Bi-Lo parking area at 8:00 am to carpool. Sponsored by the Franklin Bird Club. Sign up at 828-524-5234.


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.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 5:56 am
Sunrise: 6:25 am
Sunset 8:36 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:05 pm




Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 14% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonrise 4:21 a.m.
Moonset 5:04 p.m.




Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning




Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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]

CROWD FUNDING 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.

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 4:50 am on May 22, 2017

#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, 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 21, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, May 21, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

Widespread showers and a few thunderstorms are expected today through at least Monday as a large frontal system passes through the area. This frontal passage will bring cooler temperatures as well with Tuesday through Thursday highs 5 to 10 degrees below normal. A deep upper trough approaching in midweek will result in another area of heavier showers and storms Wednesday and Wednesday night. Expect dry high pressure and milder temperatures next weekend.



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
Greatest Snowfall There has been no measurable snowfall recorded in Macon County on this date since 1872 when weather record-keeping started.


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms, some of them are expected to produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog early. Highs in the 70s with winds out of the south. Near 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches are possible.

TONIGHT

Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog overnight. Lows near 60. 70% chance of rain with rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch expected.



MONDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid to upper-70s. Calm winds early then winds from the northwest in the afternoon. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch expected.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 50s and calm winds.



TUESDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the 70s. 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the 50s and a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms.


HAZARDS

Heavy rain with a potential for localized flooding is possible today through Tuesday. Up to 2 to 4 inches is possible. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for today and tomorrow and it is posted below for your convenience.

NWS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

..TODAY...Heavy rain with flooding possible. Additional rounds of heavy rainfall will develop across the area today and tonight. Localized flooding will be possible in areas receiving repeated heavy rainfall.

..MONDAY...Heavy rain possible. A cold front moving slowly through the region could contribute additional rounds of heavy rainfall.

..TUESDAY...Heavy rain possible. Low pressure returning from the southwest may produce yet another round of heavy rainfall on Tuesday. 72-hour totals could reach 2 to 4 inches in some areas - especially in southwest sections.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN


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
There is no charge for civic, educational or non-profit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC and EDC, where full rates apply.



Tuesday, May 23 at 4pm, Macon County Public Library

Facebook Privacy Settings

Level: Advanced Beginner.
Registration is required as space is limited. To register for this class, please visit the Reference Desk or call 524-3600.

Learn who can see your posts and how to control your privacy settings on Facebook. This class is for people who already have a Facebook account and want to have a better understanding of their privacy options. Participants will learn, 1. where to find their overall privacy settings and how to adjust them, 2. where to find the privacy settings for individual posts and how to adjust them. We will discuss what happens when you post things publicly, versus just for your friends, versus on other people's timelines. You will also learn how to deactivate your account (in case you ever want to take a break from Facebook), how to reactivate it, and how to close your account permanently. Participants will also learn where to find additional resources on Facebook privacy topics so that they can continue to be informed about their privacy choices in the ever-changing
landscape of social media.

6 pm BOARD OF EDUCATION

The Macon County Board of Education will be meeting at Nantahala School at 213 Winding Stairs Rd in Topton, NC for this month's meeting instead of at the Central Offices in Franklin.


Wednesday, May 24th, 7:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library

Musical performance “Livin’ the Dream”

WCU Roadworks is an outreach program sponsored by the College of Fine and Performing Arts that presents free theatrical, music, film and visual arts events to organizations and communities throughout the region. The School of Music was chosen to present the program this year, utilizing the performing ensemble The Catamount Singers and Electric Soul. This group consists of four of the best singers from the School of Music.
Together, they have prepared a show entitled: “Livin’ the Dream.” The show consists of energetic modern pop tunes, Jazz standards, and classic rock and funk, all complete with impressive choreography. It will feature each of the singers, along with brief narrations about the School of Music and the arts at WCU.


Thursday, May 25– FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB - Jim and Ellen Shelton will lead a bird walk in the Stecoah area.

This will be one of our longer birding ventures. The drive to Stecoah is about an hour long. Birders may want to bring lunch or snacks–and of course, water. The planned return to Franklin is about 2:00 pm.

Meet at Bi-Lo parking area at 8:00 am to carpool. Sponsored by the Franklin Bird Club. Sign up at 828-524-5234.


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.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 5:57 am
Sunrise: 6:25 am
Sunset 8:35 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:04 pm




Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 25% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonrise 3:45 a.m.
Moonset 3:58 p.m.


Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning




Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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]

CROWD FUNDING 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.

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 3:35 am on May 21, 2017

#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, 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 19, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, May 19, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

The summertime weather pattern initiated by the Bermuda High will continue through Saturday. A front will move in from the west on Sunday and Sunday night, bringing an excellent chance of rain. A cold front should move east across the region on Monday. Unsettled weather will become the rule for next week as several disturbances move through.


LOCAL NEWS

The Macon County Planning Board held their monthly meeting last night. The video is on the blog. [LINK]



Weather Almanac for May 19th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 1962
Lowest Temperature 29°F in Highlands in 1894
Greatest Rainfall 2.81 inches in Highlands in 1983
Greatest Snowfall There has been no measurable snowfall recorded in Macon County on this date since 1872 when weather record-keeping started.


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs in the 80s. Calm winds in the morning then winds will be out of the south in the afternoon. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 60 and calm winds. Rain chances should end before midnight.



SATURDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the 80s. Calm winds in the morning, the winds from the south in the afternoon. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly starting in the late afternoon.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 60 and light winds out of the southeast. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.



SUNDAY

Cloudy with highs in the mid to upper-70s.60% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Cloudy with lows near 60. 80% chance of showers.


HAZARDS

Standard pop-up showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop today, with chances diminishing after dark.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN


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
There is no charge for civic, educational or non-profit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC and EDC, where full rates apply.


Tuesday, May 23 at 4pm, Macon County Public Library

Facebook Privacy Settings

Level: Advanced Beginner.
Registration is required as space is limited. To register for this class, please visit the Reference Desk or call 524-3600.

Learn who can see your posts and how to control your privacy settings on Facebook. This class is for people who already have a Facebook account and want to have a better understanding of their privacy options. Participants will learn, 1. where to find their overall privacy settings and how to adjust them, 2. where to find the privacy settings for individual posts and how to adjust them. We will discuss what happens when you post things publicly, versus just for your friends, versus on other people's timelines. You will also learn how to deactivate your account (in case you ever want to take a break from Facebook), how to reactivate it, and how to close your account permanently. Participants will also learn where to find additional resources on Facebook privacy topics so that they can continue to be informed about their privacy choices in the ever-changing landscape of social media.

Wednesday, May 24th, 7:00 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library

Musical performance “Livin’ the Dream”

WCU Roadworks is an outreach program sponsored by the College of Fine and Performing Arts that presents free theatrical, music, film and visual arts events to organizations and communities throughout the region. The School of Music was chosen to present the program this year, utilizing the performing ensemble The Catamount Singers and Electric Soul. This group consists of four of the best singers from the School of Music.

Together, they have prepared a show entitled: “Livin’ the Dream.” The show consists of energetic modern pop tunes, Jazz standards, and classic rock and funk, all complete with impressive choreography. It will feature each of the singers, along with brief narrations about the School of Music and the arts at WCU.



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.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 5:58 am
Sunrise: 6:27 am
Sunset 8:34 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:02 pm




Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 43% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonrise 2:32 a.m.
Moonset 1:54 p.m.




Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning




Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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]

CROWD FUNDING 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.

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 4:40 am on May 19, 2017

#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, 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. 

Regular May 2017 Meeting
Macon County Planning Board



The Macon County Planning Board met for their regular monthly meeting for May on May 18, 2017 in the Envoronmental Resouce Center on Lakeside Drive. The video has been posted below and supporting documents will be added later.



MEDIA ROLL CALL
(media outlets with reporters/photographers present)

Macon Media
The Franklin Press




CROWD FUNDING 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.

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 4:25 am on May 19, 2017

#WNCnews #MaconGov #MaconPlanning


Be kind to one another.







Thursday, May 18, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, May 18, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

A Bermuda high pressure will persist over the region through Friday, keeping temperatures above normal and increasing chances for mainly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms today and Friday. On Saturday, a cold front may drop down from the north into the region before stalling Saturday night, then washing out Sunday. Another cold front approaches the region from the west Sunday night and then should move across the region on Monday.


LOCAL NEWS

The Macon County Board of Commissioners held their monthly meeting Monday Night. The meeting lasted over three hours. Video and the agenda packet are on the blog, including the budget message and recommended budget from the county manager. [LINK]

Also at the meeting, the county manager presented his recommended budget for Fiscal Year last night. A video of that message, with numbers, will be posted later today.

Weather Almanac for May 18th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 1996
Lowest Temperature 28°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1973
Greatest Rainfall 2.65 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1980
Greatest Snowfall There has been no measurable snowfall recorded in Macon County on this date since 1872, when weather record-keeping started.


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Patchy fog early. Partly sunny with increasing clouds and highs in the 80s. Calm winds in the morning then winds 5 to 10 mph from the south in the afternoon. 30% chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts expected to be less than a tenth of an inch.

TONIGHT

Patchy fog, mainly after 3 am. Mostly cloudy with lows near 60 and winds from the south calming before midnight.



FRIDAY

Areas of fog in the morning. Partly cloudy with highs in the 80s and light winds out of the southwest. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts expected to be mostly between a tenth and a quarter of an inch.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 60 and calm winds. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2 am.



SATURDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the low to mid-80s. Calm winds early, then from the south in the afternoon. 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near 60. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after midnight.


HAZARDS

Isolated convection is expected to develop today. A stray strong or possibly severe storm is possible late this afternoon. Small hail and damaging winds are the main threat.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN


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
There is no charge for civic, educational or non-profit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC and EDC, where full rates apply.





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.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 5:59 am
Sunrise: 6:27 am
Sunset 8:33 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:02 pm




Moon Phase: Last Quarter at 8:33 pm.
Moonrise 1:54 a.m.
Moonset 12:55 a.m.




Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning




Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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]

CROWD FUNDING 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.

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 4:38 am on May 18, 2017

#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, 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. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, May 17, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

Summer-like Bermuda High Pressure will persist over the region through the end of the work week, maintaining above normal temperatures and increasing chances for mainly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, a cold front may drop down from the north to bring slightly cooler temperatures for the weekend. Another cold front approaches the region from the west Sunday night and then should move across the region on Monday.


LOCAL NEWS

The Macon County Board of Commissioners held their monthly meeting last night. The meeting lasted over three hours. Video and the agenda packet are on the blog. [LINK]

Also at the meeting, the county manager presented his recommended budget for Fiscal Year last night. A video of that message, with numbers, will be posted later today.

Weather Almanac for May 17th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 89°F in Franklin in 1960
Lowest Temperature 29°F in Highlands in 1984
Greatest Rainfall 1.25 inches in Highlands in 2003
Greatest Snowfall There has been no measurable snowfall recorded in Macon County on this date since 1872 when weather record-keeping started.


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Sunny with highs in the mid-80s. Winds will be light out of the south, gradually increasing to 5 to 10 mph by mid-morning. Cloud cover will increase in the afternoon hours.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near 60 and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south expected to become calm after midnight.



THURSDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds early, then from the south in the afternoon. Slight chance of thunderstorms, mainly between noon and midnight.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 60 and calm winds. Slight chance of thunderstorms, mainly before 2 am.



THURSDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the low to mid-80s. Calm winds early, then from the south in the afternoon. 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 60. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2 am.


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN


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
There is no charge for civic, educational or non-profit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC and EDC, where full rates apply.



Wednesday, May 17

FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB - 8 AM BIRDWALK ON GREENWAY

Bird walk along the Greenway. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area at 8:00 am.


iPHONE/iPAD USERS GROUP - 2 PM MACON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY MEETING ROOM

This is a monthly peer-led meeting open to anyone who has an iPhone or iPad and wants to learn more about applications and resources. It's a great way to share questions, knowledge, and favorite apps. Participants are encouraged to set the agenda, help each other, and share ideas with the group. All levels are welcome, no registration required.

POETRY PROGRAM - 7 PM PUBLIC LIBRARY MEETING ROOM

Come join Forrest Rivers as we welcome him back to the library for an evening of peaceful reflections on the topics of nature and inner peace. We could all use a little more peace in these times of moral crises.



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.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 6:00 am
Sunrise: 6:28 am
Sunset 8:32 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:01 pm




Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 64% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonrise 1:14 a.m.
Moonset 11:57 a.m.


Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning




Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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]

CROWD FUNDING 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.

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 4:07 am on May 17, 2017

#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, 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. 

Regular May 2017 Meeting
Macon County Commissioners



The Macon County Board of Commissioners met last night for their regular monthly meeting. The meeting lasted over three hours. Video and supporting documents are posted below.

The video is a low-resolution version and will be replaced in a few days with a higher quality video.





MEDIA ROLL CALL

(media outlets with reporters/photographers present)

Macon Media
The Franklin Press (an extra reporter was present during the public comment period)
WFSC-AM/WNCC-FM
Macon County News and Shopping Guide

ELECTED OFFICIALS
(other than the ones serving on this board)

Bob Scott, Mayor of Franklin
Melissa Evans, School Board Member

Budget Message






Recommended Budget



Agenda Packet






CROWD FUNDING 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.

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 17, 2017



Be kind to one another.







Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Budget Work Session 05-15-2017
Franklin Town Board of Aldermen



The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen held a budget work session, during which they conducted other business. An agenda, agenda packet and a video of the entire meeting are posted below.




MEDIA ROLL CALL
(Media Outlets with reporters/photographers present for the meeting)

Macon Media
The Franklin Press
WNCC-FM/WFSC-AM
The Macon County News and Shopping Guide

AGENDA




CROWD FUNDING 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.

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 4:10 pm on May 16, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.






Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, May 16, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

As a deep-layered ridge of high pressure settles in, temperatures will climb to 5 to 10 degrees above normal for the remainder of the week and chances for afternoon pop-up showers and thunderstorms will increase gradually for much of the area Thursday through Saturday. On Sunday, a cold front approaches the region from the west, which should help to increase precipitation chances through Monday as the front may be slow to move across the area.



LOCAL NEWS

Area law enforcement agencies gathered to mark the observance of Law Enforcement Memorial Day yesterday at noon. Video and photos, along with a list of the fallen, are on the blog. [LINK]


Weather Almanac for May 16th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin in 1962
Lowest Temperature 29°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 3.11 inches in Highlands in 1955
Greatest Snowfall There has been no measurable snowfall recorded in Macon County on this date since 1872 when weather record-keeping started.


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY

Patchy fog early. Mostly cloudy, with gradually clearing. Mostly sunny after 11 am or so. Highs near the mid-80s. Calm winds in the morning then winds from the south in the afternoon.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the mid to upper-50s and light winds out of the southeast.



WEDNESDAY

Sunny with highs in the 80s and winds 5 to 10 mph out of the south.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near 60 and winds out of the southeast.



THURSDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the low to mid-80s. 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3 pm.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 60.


HAZARDS

Hazardous weather not expected.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN


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
There is no charge for civic, educational or non-profit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.



Tuesday, May 16

FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB

Jim and Ellen Shelton will lead a bird walk in the Walnut Gap area.
Meet at Bi-Lo parking area at 8:00 am to carpool. Sponsored by the Franklin Bird Club. Sign up at 828-524-5234.

Wednesday, May 17

FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB - 8 AM BIRDWALK ON GREENWAY

Bird walk along the Greenway. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area at 8:00 am.


iPHONE/iPAD USERS GROUP - 2 PM MACON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY MEETING ROOM

This is a monthly peer-led meeting open to anyone who has an iPhone or iPad and wants to learn more about applications and resources. It's a great way to share questions, knowledge, and favorite apps. Participants are encouraged to set the agenda, help each other, and share ideas with the group. All levels are welcome, no registration required.

POETRY PROGRAM - 7 PM PUBLIC LIBRARY MEETING ROOM

Come join Forrest Rivers as we welcome him back to the library for an evening of peaceful reflections on the topics of nature and inner peace. We could all use a little more peace in these times of moral crises.


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.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 6:00 am
Sunrise: 6:29 am
Sunset 8:32 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:00 pm




Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous with 73% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonrise 12:31 a.m.
Moonset 11:03 a.m.




Evening Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 10:30 pm tonight




Morning Events and Planets

Chart shows sky at 4 am tomorrow morning




Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine


Earth Sky has an article on the eclipses of 2017. [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]

CROWD FUNDING 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.

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 4:15 am on May 16, 2017

#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, 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.