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Monday, November 30, 2015

The 2015 Franklin Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade

Franklin Police Chief David Adams leads the 2015 Christmas Parade down Main Street
Franklin Police Chief David Adams leads the 2015 Christmas Parade down Main Street

Yesterday, November 29th, the Franklin Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Christmas Parade in Franklin. The route, as in recent years, ran from town hall, down Main Street, turned left on Porter Street, then left again on East Palmer Street (Back Street to us locals) and along that street until it became East Main Street and turning right to disperse on the Highlands Road.

Alice Bradley, aka Ab, and the bus drivers for the Macon County School System were the Grand Marshals of the parade.

Video and photos are posted below. The Franklin Christmas Parade is usually the Sunday after Thanksgiving.






SLIDESHOW (157 photos)


Other ways to view the photos: [Flickr Album] or [Full Screen Slideshow]


Other Christmas-related activities in town included the annual Christmas Tree Lightning and Candlelight Service. Click here to see coverage of those events.


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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Scenes from the 2015 Christmas Tree Lighting and Candlelight Service

Candlelight Service in Franklin



Last night (11-28-2015), the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Candlelight Service was held at the Iotla Street Gazebo and Courthouse Square during the Town of Franklin's Winter Wonderland festival. Photos and video taken at the event are posted below.

SLIDESHOW



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CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTNING CEREMONY


2015 Christmas Tree Lightning Ceremony in Franklin, NC
Here is the video of the Christmas Tree Lightning Ceremony that took place tonight in downtown Franklin.#FranklinNC #Christmas
Posted by Macon Media News, Weather and Information on Saturday, November 28, 2015



CANDLELIGHT SERVICE AND BLESSING OF THE NATIVITY


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Friday, November 20, 2015

NCDOT Offers Thanksgiving Travel Tips
Click It or Ticket Runs Nov 23rd through Nov 29th

Traffic on the Sylva Road



RALEIGH –As families travel over the river and through the woods for Thanksgiving celebrations, the N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend most road construction activities on major routes across the state to help make their trips a little smoother. By avoiding traffic delays, motorists can reach their destinations safely and efficiently, while cutting down on fuel consumption and costs. 
NCDOT will put on hold most construction projects along interstate, N.C. and U.S. routes from 6 a.m., Wednesday, November 25, until midnight, Sunday, November 29 with these exceptions: 
  • U.S. 264 in Dare County has lane closures at five locations to replace five bridges by phased construction. Traffic will be controlled by temporary signals;
  • U.S. 158 (Elizabeth Street) in Elizabeth City is reduced to one lane in each direction from Road Street to the Pasquotank River Bridge for resurfacing and construction of a new bridge;
  • N.C. 11 in Hertford County is reduced to one lane with temporary signals for bridge maintenance work;
  • N.C. 94 two miles south of Columbia in Tyrrell County is reduced to one lane with temporary signals for bridge maintenance work;
  • Hanover Street to Campbell Street is closed with detours in New Hanover County due to a bridge replacement;
  • U.S. 421/N.C. 27 in Harnett County is closed as work continues on a new pedestrian tunnel at Campbell University;
  • I-40 in the Fortify work zone in Raleigh has lane closure restrictions, with travel limited to three lanes in both directions on an 8 1/2-mile stretch;
  • Both inside lanes along Interstate 85 Business near Prospect Street in Randolph County are closed due to work on the median associated with a bridge replacement;
  • U.S. 311 near Banner Whitehead Road in Randolph County is detoured where crews are replacing a culvert;
  • Eastbound U.S. 74 in Cleveland County has a one-lane pattern just east of Sandy Run Creek bridges and a one-lane detour route along new ramps for Peachtree Road and back to U.S. 74; 
  • In Haywood County, the outside lane of westbound I-40 at Exit 15 is closed due to damaged girders under the bridge; and
  • U.S. 23/74 in Jackson County has lane closures in place for bridgework.
Here are some additional tips for navigating the highways safely during the holiday travel season:
  • Leave early to get a head start on your drive. Travel at non-peak hours when possible.
  • Stay alert. Even if work is suspended, you may encounter narrowed lanes and traffic shifts in work zones.
  • Be patient and obey the posted speed limit. 
  • Use alternate routes, when possible, to avoid traffic congestion.
  • Stay informed. Real-time travel information is available online and over the phone by dialing 511.
  • Don’t drive drowsy. Travel at times when you are normally awake, and take frequent breaks.
  • Avoid distracted driving. When drivers stop focusing on the road ahead, they react more slowly to traffic conditions and are more likely to be involved in an accident.
For real-time travel information at any time, visit the Travel section of the NCDOT website or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

In addition, the Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign begins Nov. 23 and runs through Nov. 29. Law enforcement officers are stepping up patrols statewide, watching for people who aren’t buckled up, so don’t forget: Buckle up. Every seat. Every time.
While you’re traveling this Thanksgiving holiday, your job is to be a safe driver. Focus on the road, and let everything else wait until you arrive at your destination.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Rainfall Totals in Macon County and WNC for Nov 18th and19th

Rain on a windshield



RAIN EVENT OF NOV 18-19 IN MACON COUNTY

A line of rain passed through Macon County yesterday evening between 6 pm and 7 pm, with periods of rain before and after. Some locations saw a half an inch in an hour, others saw over an inch and a half in that time period. Here is a snapshot of the amount of rain that fell in some areas of Macon County last night via several remote weather stations that report weather data online:

3.15 inches near Rainbow Springs
1.83 inches near Otto
2.41 inches near Scaly Mountain
4.87 inches near Scaly Mountain
3.91 inches Highlands
2.54 inches Cullasaja
1.76 inches Franklin
2.24 inches Burningtown
0.52 inches Iotla

Here are the top five rain events for Macon County for Nov 19th (1872-2014)

2.54 inches in Nantahala in 1962
2.50 inches at Coweeta Exp Stn in 2009
2.12 inches at Coweeta Exp Stn in 1957
1.89 inches in Highlands in 1957
1.82 inches at Coweeta Exp Stn in 1968


RAIN EVENT IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA


The National Weather Service has issued a Public Information Statement that lists official totals from the recent rainfall event on November 18th and 19th and the full list has been posted below for your convenience.



PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC 
121 PM EST THU NOV 19 2015

...36 HOUR RAINFALL ENDING 7 AM... 

LOCATION          COUNTY/STATE      OBSERVATION TYPE    INCHES

LAKE TOXAWAY 2    TRANSYLVANIA/NC   SUPPLEMENTARY       7.28
LAKE TOXAWAY 3    TRANSYLVANIA/NC   SUPPLEMENTARY       5.83
DILLARD 4 NE      RABUN/GA          COCORAHS            5.76
LAKET2            TRANSYLVANIA/NC   SUPPLEMENTARY       5.23
FOSCOE 1 WSW      WATAUGA/NC        COCORAHS            4.76
HIAWA12           TOWNS/GA          SUPPLEMENTARY       4.50
LAUREL PARK 1.5   HENDERSON/NC      COCORAHS            4.45
BREVARD COOP      TRANSYLVANIA/NC   DCP/NWS COOP        4.45
BREVARD 6.5 S     TRANSYLVANIA/NC   COCORAHS            4.43
BRASSTOWN RAWS    TOWNS/GA          DCP/NWS COOP        4.39
LINVILLE 2 ENE    AVERY/NC          COCORAHS            4.36
BALSAM GROVE      TRANSYLVANIA/NC   DCP/NWS COOP        4.34
FRANKLIN 7.5 SW   MACON/NC          COCORAHS            4.25
PISGAH FOREST 2   TRANSYLVANIA/NC   SUPPLEMENTARY       4.14
BUSICK RAWS       YANCEY/NC         DCP/NWS COOP        4.10
HIGHLANDS COOP    MACON/NC          DCP/NWS COOP        4.08
OTTO 4.5 E        MACON/NC          SUPPLEMENTARY       4.07
MT MITCHELL DCP   YANCEY/NC         DCP/NWS COOP        4.03
BLOWING ROCK 2    WATAUGA/NC        COCORAHS            4.01
DAVIDSON RIVER    TRANSYLVANIA/NC   DCP/NWS COOP        3.99
GERMANY VALLEY    RABUN/GA          DCP/NWS COOP        3.97
PAGELAND 3 SW     CHESTERFIELD/SC   DCP/NWS COOP        3.83
CEDAR MOUNTAIN    TRANSYLVANIA/NC   SUPPLEMENTARY       3.76
HENDERSONVILLE    HENDERSON/NC      COCORAHS            3.75
SPRUCE PINE 6.6   MITCHELL/NC       COCORAHS            3.72
EAST FLAT ROCK    HENDERSON/NC      COCORAHS            3.66
CANDLER 5 SW      BUNCOMBE/NC       COCORAHS            3.65
CLAYTON 0.7 N     RABUN/GA          SUPPLEMENTARY       3.64
ROSMA4            TRANSYLVANIA/NC   SUPPLEMENTARY       3.59
CULLOWHEE 11.2    JACKSON/NC        COCORAHS            3.58
CHATTAHOOCHEE A   WHITE/GA          DCP/NWS COOP        3.57
CANTON 8 SSE      HAYWOOD/NC        COCORAHS            3.56
RABUN GAP 1 WNW   RABUN/GA          COCORAHS            3.49
SAUTEE 3 W        WHITE/GA          DCP/NWS COOP        3.45
SAUTEE 3.5 SW     WHITE/GA          COCORAHS            3.45
BLOWING ROCK 3    WATAUGA/NC        COCORAHS            3.44
SALEM 3 WNW 3.1   OCONEE/SC         COCORAHS            3.44
LANCASTER 0.4 W   LANCASTER/SC      COCORAHS            3.39
BOONE 1 SE COOP   WATAUGA/NC        DCP/NWS COOP        3.38
ROSMA3            TRANSYLVANIA/NC   SUPPLEMENTARY       3.36
LAKE TOXAWAY 3.   TRANSYLVANIA/NC   COCORAHS            3.35
CLEVELAND         WHITE/GA          DCP/NWS COOP        3.28
GILBERT 1.2 SSW   LEXINGTON/SC      COCORAHS            3.28
MOUNT AIRY 1.7    HABERSHAM/GA      SUPPLEMENTARY       3.25
WAXHAW4 ENE 4.1   UNION/NC          COCORAHS            3.23
CHIMNEY ROCK      RUTHERFORD/NC     COCORAHS            3.23
TITUS             TOWNS/GA          DCP/NWS COOP        3.22
TOCCOA            STEPHENS/GA       DCP/NWS COOP        3.21
CANDLER 1.9 NE    BUNCOMBE/NC       COCORAHS            3.21
FRANKLIN 10 SW    MACON/NC          SUPPLEMENTARY       3.18
CLAYTON 8.5 W     RABUN/GA          COCORAHS            3.18
ENKA              BUNCOMBE/NC       DCP/NWS COOP        3.16
#1 RAWS 4 NE      RABUN/GA          DCP/NWS COOP        3.16
CANDLER 1 W       BUNCOMBE/NC       DCP/NWS COOP        3.16
MONROE 8 SSW      UNION/NC          SUPPLEMENTARY       3.14
DEMOREST 6 WNW    HABERSHAM/GA      COCORAHS            3.12
CLAYTON 2 ESE     RABUN/GA          SUPPLEMENTARY       3.12
KEOWEE KEY 1.4    OCONEE/SC         COCORAHS            3.09
WINNSBORO COOP    FAIRFIELD/SC      DCP/NWS COOP        3.08
JOCASSEE DAM      PICKENS/SC        DCP/NWS COOP        3.08
FLAT ROCK 4 NE    HENDERSON/NC      COCORAHS            3.07
CANDLER 1.8 NNE   BUNCOMBE/NC       COCORAHS            3.01
WALLACE GAP       MACON/NC          DCP/NWS COOP        3.01
CLARKESVILLE 6    HABERSHAM/GA      COCORAHS            2.98
INMAN 2.4 SSE     SPARTANBURG/SC    SUPPLEMENTARY       2.98
LANCASTER RAIN    LANCASTER/SC      DCP/NWS COOP        2.97
POWDERSVILLE 2.   ANDERSON/SC       SUPPLEMENTARY       2.96
KEOWEE KEY 1.5    OCONEE/SC         COCORAHS            2.96
ANDER4            ANDERSON/SC       SUPPLEMENTARY       2.95
HENDERSONVILLE    HENDERSON/NC      DCP/NWS COOP        2.94
CORNELIA          HABERSHAM/GA      DCP/NWS COOP        2.93
CLEVELAND 3.9 W   WHITE/GA          COCORAHS            2.93
TALLULAH RVR 10   RABUN/GA          DCP/NWS COOP        2.91
FISHING CREEK D   CHESTER/SC        DCP/NWS COOP        2.91
MARION 3.7 W      MCDOWELL/NC       COCORAHS            2.90
OLD FORT AG 3 W   MCDOWELL/NC       DCP/NWS COOP        2.90
HELEN 10 ENE      HABERSHAM/GA      COCORAHS            2.89
GRANDFATHER MTN   AVERY/NC          DCP/NWS COOP        2.87
HELEN 3.7 ENE     WHITE/GA          COCORAHS            2.87
OLD FORT 0.2 W    MCDOWELL/NC       COCORAHS            2.87
WALHALLA 2 NW 1   OCONEE/SC         COCORAHS            2.87
MOUNT LECONTE     SEVIER/TN         DCP/NWS COOP        2.86
HIAWASSEE AT RI   TOWNS/GA          DCP/NWS COOP        2.85
ROSMA2            TRANSYLVANIA/NC   SUPPLEMENTARY       2.85
TUCKASEGEE 4.2    JACKSON/NC        COCORAHS            2.84
SENECA 5 N 4.9    OCONEE/SC         COCORAHS            2.84
LANCASTER 11 EN   LANCASTER/SC      COCORAHS            2.84
PISGAH FOREST 3   TRANSYLVANIA/NC   DCP/NWS COOP        2.83
SPRUCE PINE 3.7   MITCHELL/NC       COCORAHS            2.82
INMAN 3 N 2.6 N   SPARTANBURG/SC    COCORAHS            2.81
BALDWIN 1 ESE     BANKS/GA          COCORAHS            2.81
SIMPS17           GREENVILLE/SC     SUPPLEMENTARY       2.80
FLAT ROCK 1.6 S   HENDERSON/NC      COCORAHS            2.79
CLARKESVILLE      HABERSHAM/GA      DCP/NWS COOP        2.79
JACOB FK AT RAM   BURKE/NC          DCP/NWS COOP        2.78
LYMAN 4 WNW 4.1   SPARTANBURG/SC    COCORAHS            2.78
WALHALLA          OCONEE/SC         SUPPLEMENTARY       2.77
TABLE ROCK STAT   PICKENS/SC        DCP/NWS COOP        2.76
MULBERRY          CALDWELL/NC       DCP/NWS COOP        2.74
FRANKLIN 4 ESE    MACON/NC          COCORAHS            2.73
LEICESTER 2 SE    BUNCOMBE/NC       COCORAHS            2.73
DILLARD 1 NNW     RABUN/GA          COCORAHS            2.73
WEST UNION 1.9    OCONEE/SC         COCORAHS            2.73
CHESNEE 4.5 WNW   SPARTANBURG/SC    COCORAHS            2.72
GRANDFATHER RAW   MCDOWELL/NC       DCP/NWS COOP        2.72
HIGHLANDS DCP     MACON/NC          DCP/NWS COOP        2.71
DUNCAN BRIDGE 6   HABERSHAM/GA      DCP/NWS COOP        2.71
RIDGECREST  1 E   BUNCOMBE/NC       DCP/NWS COOP        2.71
CAMDEN 2.7 NNW    KERSHAW/SC        COCORAHS            2.70
SALUDA 1 N 0.5    POLK/NC           COCORAHS            2.70
TRAVELERS REST    GREENVILLE/SC     DCP/NWS COOP        2.70
ASHEVILLE 3 NNW   BUNCOMBE/NC       COCORAHS            2.68
TAYLORS 6.1 NNW   GREENVILLE/SC     COCORAHS            2.65
RHODHISS DAM      CALDWELL/NC       DCP/NWS COOP        2.65
JEFFERSON 2 E C   ASHE/NC           DCP/NWS COOP        2.65
HICKORY 5 SW      CATAWBA/NC        COCORAHS            2.64
GREER18           SPARTANBURG/SC    SUPPLEMENTARY       2.64
LONG CREEK 2 SW   OCONEE/SC         SUPPLEMENTARY       2.64
CORNELIA          HABERSHAM/GA      SUPPLEMENTARY       2.63
NORTH HICKORY 1   CATAWBA/NC        COCORAHS            2.63
MONROE 7.2 SW     UNION/NC          COCORAHS            2.62
CLAYT2            RABUN/GA          SUPPLEMENTARY       2.61
HOMER 5.1 NE      BANKS/GA          COCORAHS            2.61
TOCCOA 4 WSW      STEPHENS/GA       SUPPLEMENTARY       2.60
SKYLAND 5 W CRN   BUNCOMBE/NC       DCP/NWS COOP        2.60
TRAVE10           GREENVILLE/SC     SUPPLEMENTARY       2.59
WALHALLA COOP 1   OCONEE/SC         DCP/NWS COOP        2.59
TRYON4            POLK/NC           SUPPLEMENTARY       2.59
CHESNEE 7 WSW     SPARTANBURG/SC    DCP/NWS COOP        2.59
TAYLORS 3 W       GREENVILLE/SC     COCORAHS            2.57
CEDAR CREEK DAM   CHESTER/SC        DCP/NWS COOP        2.57
CEDAR CREEK       RICHLAND/SC       DCP/NWS COOP        2.57
SENECA 2.3 NNW    OCONEE/SC         COCORAHS            2.57
HICKORY 2 NW      CATAWBA/NC        COCORAHS            2.57
CHATTAHOOCHEE N   HABERSHAM/GA      DCP/NWS COOP        2.56
SANS SOUCI 3.8    GREENVILLE/SC     COCORAHS            2.56
GREEN9            GREENVILLE/SC     SUPPLEMENTARY       2.56
RICHB2            CHESTER/SC        SUPPLEMENTARY       2.55
RUTHERFORDTON 1   POLK/NC           COCORAHS            2.55
CANTON 3.6 ENE    HAYWOOD/NC        COCORAHS            2.55
HOLLINGSWORTH     BANKS/GA          DCP/NWS COOP        2.54
TAYLORS 3 NNW     GREENVILLE/SC     COCORAHS            2.54
INMAN 6.5 ENE     SPARTANBURG/SC    COCORAHS            2.54
FRANK21           MACON/NC          SUPPLEMENTARY       2.53
WEST UNION 2 ES   OCONEE/SC         COCORAHS            2.53
SANS SOUCI 3 EN   GREENVILLE/SC     COCORAHS            2.53
LYMAN 2 NNW       SPARTANBURG/SC    COCORAHS            2.52
CAESARS HEAD      GREENVILLE/SC     DCP/NWS COOP        2.52
OTTO5             MACON/NC          SUPPLEMENTARY       2.52
MILLS5            POLK/NC           SUPPLEMENTARY       2.52
TAYLORS 5 N       GREENVILLE/SC     COCORAHS            2.52
NEWFOUND GAP      SEVIER/TN         DCP/NWS COOP        2.51
LEICESTER 0.9 S   BUNCOMBE/NC       COCORAHS            2.50
MONROE REG AP     UNION/NC          ASOS/AWOS           2.50
WAXHAW 2.6 NNW    UNION/NC          COCORAHS            2.50
NORTHWEST MS      GREENVILLE/SC     DCP/NWS COOP        2.50
MARIE1            GREENVILLE/SC     SUPPLEMENTARY       2.49
ROSMAN DCP/COOP   TRANSYLVANIA/NC   DCP/NWS COOP        2.48
VALDESE 0.8 SW    BURKE/NC          COCORAHS            2.48
BRYSO4            SWAIN/NC          SUPPLEMENTARY       2.48
ROSMA5            TRANSYLVANIA/NC   SUPPLEMENTARY       2.47
BREVARD 0.6 SSE   TRANSYLVANIA/NC   COCORAHS            2.46
GREER 3 NNE       SPARTANBURG/SC    COCORAHS            2.46
TAYLO19           GREENVILLE/SC     SUPPLEMENTARY       2.46
STRATTON MEADOW   GRAHAM/NC         DCP/NWS COOP        2.46
DUE WEST 2 S      ABBEVILLE/SC      COCORAHS            2.45
GREENVILLE 5 WN   GREENVILLE/SC     COCORAHS            2.45
VALE AG 2 SW      LINCOLN/NC        DCP/NWS COOP        2.45
GREEN30           GREENVILLE/SC     SUPPLEMENTARY       2.43
BLACK MOUNTAIN    BUNCOMBE/NC       COCORAHS            2.42
GREENVILLE 4 NE   GREENVILLE/SC     COCORAHS            2.42
BEAVERDAM CK AB   ELBERT/GA         DCP/NWS COOP        2.41
TRYON WATER TRE   POLK/NC           DCP/NWS COOP        2.41
PARIS MOUNTAIN    GREENVILLE/SC     DCP/NWS COOP        2.41
EASLEY 1.3 S      PICKENS/SC        COCORAHS            2.41
GREER 8 SSE 7.7   SPARTANBURG/SC    COCORAHS            2.41
HICKORY REG AP    BURKE/NC          ASOS/AWOS           2.41
KEOWEE KEY 0.3    OCONEE/SC         COCORAHS            2.41
FRANK20           MACON/NC          SUPPLEMENTARY       2.40
GREER 1.5 SSE     SPARTANBURG/SC    COCORAHS            2.40
SENECA 2.2 NNE    OCONEE/SC         COCORAHS            2.39
BERRYS POND       SPARTANBURG/SC    COCORAHS            2.39
SPART9            SPARTANBURG/SC    SUPPLEMENTARY       2.39
WESTMINSTER 6 S   OCONEE/SC         SUPPLEMENTARY       2.39
LINVILLE FALLS    AVERY/NC          COCORAHS            2.38
HARTSVILLE 2W     DARLINGTON/SC     COCORAHS            2.38
PISGAH FOREST 2   TRANSYLVANIA/NC   COCORAHS            2.37
BREVA12           TRANSYLVANIA/NC   SUPPLEMENTARY       2.36
LANDR3            GREENVILLE/SC     SUPPLEMENTARY       2.35
ASHEVILLE 5.4 N   BUNCOMBE/NC       COCORAHS            2.35
CLIFF1            RUTHERFORD/NC     SUPPLEMENTARY       2.35
SOUTHCHASE - FT   GREENVILLE/SC     DCP/NWS COOP        2.35
BREVARD 1 SE      TRANSYLVANIA/NC   COCORAHS            2.34
COLUMBUS 1.7 SS   POLK/NC           COCORAHS            2.34
TRAVELERS REST    GREENVILLE/SC     COCORAHS            2.34
TRAVE4            GREENVILLE/SC     SUPPLEMENTARY       2.34
PLUMTREE 0.5 W    AVERY/NC          COCORAHS            2.33
WESTU2            OCONEE/SC         SUPPLEMENTARY       2.33
LAKE HICKORY/OX   CATAWBA/NC        DCP/NWS COOP        2.32
SIX MILE 3.4 WN   PICKENS/SC        COCORAHS            2.32
EASLEY 2.8 SE     PICKENS/SC        SUPPLEMENTARY       2.32
TAYLORS PUMP ST   GREENVILLE/SC     DCP/NWS COOP        2.32
CHESNEE 3.9 SW    SPARTANBURG/SC    COCORAHS            2.31
HARTWELL          HART/GA           DCP/NWS COOP        2.30
LYMAN1            SPARTANBURG/SC    SUPPLEMENTARY       2.30
HONEA PATH 4 SS   ABBEVILLE/SC      SUPPLEMENTARY       2.29
ANDERSON 1 SW     ANDERSON/SC       SUPPLEMENTARY       2.29
SPARTANBURG 5 W   SPARTANBURG/SC    COCORAHS            2.29
LAURENS 1 SSW     LAURENS/SC        COCORAHS            2.29
ANDREW PICKENS    OCONEE/SC         DCP/NWS COOP        2.29
SENECA 1 E        OCONEE/SC         COCORAHS            2.29
LINCOLNTON 4 WS   LINCOLN/NC        COCORAHS            2.28
ALTO 3 WNW        HABERSHAM/GA      SUPPLEMENTARY       2.28
FOUNTAIN INN 5.   GREENVILLE/SC     COCORAHS            2.27
TRAVE2            GREENVILLE/SC     SUPPLEMENTARY       2.27
COLUMBUS 7 ESE    POLK/NC           COCORAHS            2.26
FOUNTAIN INN 2    GREENVILLE/SC     DCP/NWS COOP        2.26
LINCOLNTON 2 NW   LINCOLN/NC        DCP/NWS COOP        2.26
GSP AIRPORT       SPARTANBURG/SC    ASOS/AWOS           2.26
POWDERSVILLE 2    ANDERSON/SC       COCORAHS            2.25
MOORE 5 NW 4.9    SPARTANBURG/SC    COCORAHS            2.25
SPART10           SPARTANBURG/SC    SUPPLEMENTARY       2.25
GREENVILLE 1.2    GREENVILLE/SC     COCORAHS            2.25
ELLENDALE 3 NE    ALEXANDER/NC      DCP/NWS COOP        2.24
SIMPS9            GREENVILLE/SC     SUPPLEMENTARY       2.24
IVA 5 SSW         ANDERSON/SC       COCORAHS            2.24
FRANK11           MACON/NC          SUPPLEMENTARY       2.24
FOUNTAIN INN RE   GREENVILLE/SC     DCP/NWS COOP        2.24
PICKENS 2 WSW     PICKENS/SC        COCORAHS            2.24
SIMPS15           GREENVILLE/SC     SUPPLEMENTARY       2.23
MARVI2            UNION/NC          SUPPLEMENTARY       2.23
2ND BROAD RVR N   RUTHERFORD/NC     DCP/NWS COOP        2.22
PRINCETON 4.5 N   GREENVILLE/SC     SUPPLEMENTARY       2.22
COMER 4 NNE       MADISON/GA        COCORAHS            2.22
EASLEY 1.3 ESE    PICKENS/SC        COCORAHS            2.22
LIBERTY 3 NNE     PICKENS/SC        SUPPLEMENTARY       2.21
HARTWELL DAM      HART/GA           DCP/NWS COOP        2.21
HAYESVILLE 5.2    CLAY/NC           COCORAHS            2.21
GREENVILLE DNTO   GREENVILLE/SC     ASOS/AWOS           2.20
RICHARD B RUSSE   ABBEVILLE/SC      DCP/NWS COOP        2.20
EASLEY 1.4 ESE    PICKENS/SC        SUPPLEMENTARY       2.19
BREVARD 1 NNW 1   TRANSYLVANIA/NC   COCORAHS            2.19
LENOIR COOP       CALDWELL/NC       DCP/NWS COOP        2.18
CENTRAL 5.3 NW    PICKENS/SC        COCORAHS            2.17
RUTHERFORDTON 2   RUTHERFORD/NC     COCORAHS            2.16
BAKERSVILLE 3 S   MITCHELL/NC       COCORAHS            2.15
SIMPSONVILLE 5    GREENVILLE/SC     COCORAHS            2.15
TAYLO12           GREENVILLE/SC     SUPPLEMENTARY       2.15
HODGES 6.5 ENE    GREENWOOD/SC      COCORAHS            2.14
BREVARD 4 S       TRANSYLVANIA/NC   COCORAHS            2.13
SIMPS5            GREENVILLE/SC     SUPPLEMENTARY       2.13
SHELB11           CLEVELAND/NC      SUPPLEMENTARY       2.13
SPARTANBURG 3 E   SPARTANBURG/SC    COCORAHS            2.13
SALEM7            OCONEE/SC         SUPPLEMENTARY       2.13
SPART12           SPARTANBURG/SC    SUPPLEMENTARY       2.13
SALUDA RVR AT H   GREENVILLE/SC     DCP/NWS COOP        2.12
REEDY FK & W GE   GREENVILLE/SC     SUPPLEMENTARY       2.11
FOUNTAIN INN D    LAURENS/SC        DCP/NWS COOP        2.11
ASHEVILE 2.9 N    BUNCOMBE/NC       COCORAHS            2.11
PATTERSON         CALDWELL/NC       DCP/NWS COOP        2.11
CENTRAL 3 NNW     PICKENS/SC        COCORAHS            2.10
ROCK HILL 4 WNW   YORK/SC           COCORAHS            2.10
BATESVILLE RD A   GREENVILLE/SC     DCP/NWS COOP        2.10
SHELB12           CLEVELAND/NC      SUPPLEMENTARY       2.09
FOREST CITY 8 W   RUTHERFORD/NC     DCP/NWS COOP        2.09
MARSHALL 4.8 SW   MADISON/NC        COCORAHS            2.09
FIVE FORKS 1 W    GREENVILLE/SC     COCORAHS            2.09
NORTH COVE PINN   BURKE/NC          DCP/NWS COOP        2.08
SIMPSONVILLE 1    GREENVILLE/SC     DCP/NWS COOP        2.08
ANDERSON 8 SE     ANDERSON/SC       COCORAHS            2.08
MINT HILL 3.2 E   UNION/NC          SUPPLEMENTARY       2.08
GAFFNEY 3.3 NNW   CHEROKEE/SC       COCORAHS            2.07
WILLIAMSTON 5 W   ANDERSON/SC       COCORAHS            2.07
ANDERSON          ANDERSON/SC       DCP/NWS COOP        2.07
UNION MILLS 2.6   RUTHERFORD/NC     COCORAHS            2.07
ROCK HILL 3.1 N   YORK/SC           COCORAHS            2.06
TEGA CAY 2 ESE    YORK/SC           COCORAHS            2.06
MINT HILL 3.1 N   MECKLENBURG/NC    SUPPLEMENTARY       2.05
MAULDIN 1 SW      GREENVILLE/SC     DCP/NWS COOP        2.05
FIVE FORKS 2.5    GREENVILLE/SC     COCORAHS            2.05
OTTO 1.1 NW       MACON/NC          COCORAHS            2.05
HICKORY TAVERN    LAURENS/SC        DCP/NWS COOP        2.04
PIEDMONT 1.4 NN   GREENVILLE/SC     COCORAHS            2.04
WALNUT 3 N        MADISON/NC        DCP/NWS COOP        2.03
ANDERSON 4.8 N    ANDERSON/SC       COCORAHS            2.03
CROMPTON ST       MECKLENBURG/NC    DCP/NWS COOP        2.03
FIVE FORKS 1 N    GREENVILLE/SC     DCP/NWS COOP        2.03
WCU WATER PLANT   JACKSON/NC        DCP/NWS COOP        2.01
MINT HILL 2 NNW   MECKLENBURG/NC    SUPPLEMENTARY       2.01
SENECA 5.7 ENE    OCONEE/SC         COCORAHS            2.00
RUTHERFORD CNTY   RUTHERFORD/NC     DCP/NWS COOP        2.00
CHEOAH RAWS 1 N   GRAHAM/NC         DCP/NWS COOP        2.00
CHESTER 1 SE      CHESTER/SC        DCP/NWS COOP        2.00
OXFORD RESEARCH   CATAWBA/NC        DCP/NWS COOP        2.00
NEWBERRY COOP 1   NEWBERRY/SC       DCP/NWS COOP        2.00
ANDERSON 11.4 W   ANDERSON/SC       COCORAHS            2.00
ASHEVILLE 6 NNW   BUNCOMBE/NC       COCORAHS            2.00

Friday, November 13, 2015

Franklin Driver License Office Closing for Equipment Installation November 18
Office is scheduled to re-open November 19

PRESS RELEASE
NOVEMBER 13, 2015

Raleigh – The Franklin Driver License Office, located at 16 Patton Ave., will be temporarily closed for equipment installation on Wednesday, Nov. 18. It is scheduled to re-open on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 8 a.m.
Other offices located in the region will provide service during the closure:
Andrews – 1440 Main St., (828) 321-1442
Bryson City – 2650 Governor’s Island Road, (828) 488-3684
Clyde – 290 Lee Road, (828) 627-6969
Brevard – 50 Commerce St., Unit 4, (828) 883-2070
Sylva– 876 Skyland Dr., Suite 2, (828) 586-5413
Equipment installations are being phased in at driver license offices around the state. NCDMV is putting in new cameras, printers, flatbed scanners and customer-facing monitors at each driver license examiner’s desk to support new programming for Next Generation driver license and ID card applications. The new equipment also includes the installation of credit and debit card machines at each desk.
Customers are reminded to call the office at (828) 524-3592 to confirm appointments and operating hours

Thursday, November 12, 2015

2015 Veterans Day Ceremony in Franklin, NC

Retired Air Force Officer Gary Dills delivers the keynote address at the 2015 Veterans Day Ceremony in Franklin


The Town of Franklin hosted at the 2015 Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony on Veterans Day. What follows is video and photographic record of the event.






WLOS-TV was also there and posted a two minute report.



Here some photos from the Ceremonies portion of the event. If you missed coverage of the parade, click here to see it.



If the slide show does not work, then you can see it at Flickr.


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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

2015 Veterans Day Parade in Franklin, NC

Veterans Day Banner

The Town of Franklin hosted the annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony in downtown Franklin. Video and photos from the parade are posted below and the ceremonies will be posted later this evening.


Determination. Perseverance. The Greatest Generation.Ruby McCall, a Navy Volunteer, walked the whole parade route on...
Posted by Macon Media on Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Video of the parade:




Here is a slide show of 105 photos taken before and during the parade:




If the player won't work on your browser, try checking them out on Flicker.

Jackson County also held a Veterans Day Parade this year. 

Click here to see it.


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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Canvass Day for 2015 Municipal Elections

Board of Elections Secretary Sara Waldoop (L) and  board member Gary Dills (R) verify provisional ballots
Board of Elections Secretary Sara Waldoop (L) and board member Gary Dills (R) verify provisional ballots

Today, at 11:00 am, the Macon county Board of Elections Director, Debbie George, met with the Macon County Board of Elections members to determine the eligibility of provisional ballots cast in the 2015 Municipal Elections in Franklin and Highlands. There were four provisional ballots cast in the Franklin election and three of them were determined to be eligible to vote and one was determined to be an ineligible ballot due to the person still being a registered voter in another county. They also verified a hand count of the ballots in the Highlands election as it was randomly chosen by the state board of elections. The number of ballots cast matched the number counted.


Board of Elections Chairman Luke Bateman signs a document attesting to the security of the voting machine seal used for counting the Provisional Ballots
Board of Elections Chairman Luke Bateman signs a document attesting to the security of the voting machine seal used for counting the Provisional Ballots

Two votes were cast for Bob Scott in the Mayor's race and one each was cast for Joe Collins, Verlin Curtis and Joyce Handley. Three were votes were cast for Brandon McMahan. No provisional ballots were cast in Highlands.


Board of Elections Director Debbie George updates the state website with the eligible provisional ballot totals
Board of Elections Director Debbie George updates the state website with the eligible provisional ballot totals


The new totals in the 2015 Municipal elections are below. Not enough votes were cast for any one candidate to make a difference in the outcome reported last Tuesday. The new vote totals are posted below:


Final results for the 2015 Municipal elections in Macon County
Final results for the 2015 Municipal elections in Macon County

The webpage for the results can be accessed by clicking here.





MEDIA ROLL CALL (media organizations physically present)
Macon Media (me)

No other media organization had reporters present to monitor the election canvass.


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Monday, November 9, 2015

2015 Veterans Day Parade in Sylva, NC

A Hummer leads the way in the Jackson County Veterans Day Parade

On Sunday, November 8th, a Veterans Day Parade was held in Sylva, NC. The event was hosted by the Jackson County Veterans Office. Andy Shaw Ford loaned several vehicles to transport veterans on the parade route, which ran from Mark Watson park, down Main Street, then back to Mark Watson Park via Mill Street. Video and photos are below.







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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Structure Fire on Mack Branch Road
November 7, 2015

Structure fire as seen from NP&L Loop


Franklin Fire department was called to a fully involved structure fire at 8:54 pm on Saturday, November 7, 2015. The fire chief reported the residence was on the ground when the first apparatus arrived on scene.

Mountain Valley and Cullasaja Fire Departments provided mutual aid assistance on the call and Macon County EMS stood by in case here were injuries. The Macon County Sheriff Office provided traffic direction.

This is a preliminary report, firefighters are still on the scene. The video and photo were taken from the neighboring NP&L Loop shortly after the first fire apparatus arrived at the fire.