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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Southeastern Private Property and Federal Land Use Conference in Bryson City

Who: Freedom and Land Rights Coalition
What: Southeastern Private Property and Federal Land Use Conference
Where: Swain County Center for the Arts/Swain County High School
1415 Fontana Road
Bryson City, NC
When: Registration begins at 9:00 AM on Saturday, JUly 29, 2017


Seminar begins at 10 AM and lasts until 5 PM
Box lunch available ($10)

Purchase a Ticket on Eventbrite


IS YOUR LAND THREATENED BY THE GOVERNMENT?

Come and learn about various laws and regulations which threaten private property rights and how you can protect your property.

Hear from property owners whose land has been taken by the United States Forest Service.
Identify the biggest threats to private property in the United States.
Learn about proposed changes in the national forest management plans in your area.
Timber harvesters, hunters, and ATV users in the national forests encouraged to attend.

Special afternoon session by the COALITION OF RURAL APPALACHIAN COUNTIES. Commissioners, county managers, and elected representatives at all levels encouraged to attend.

The purpose of the conference is to examine how the shrinking amount of taxable private property in rural counties leads to below-average economic conditions for businesses and people in those areas.
Additionally, the conference will focus on the changing management of federal lands and how this affects rural counties and forest users in the mountains.

Doctor Dan Eichenbaum, a County Commissioner in Cherokee County and an organizer of the conference explains, “ The right to own private property that cannot be arbitrarily regulated or confiscated by the government is the moral and constitutional basis of individual freedom. The majority of the citizens we represent agree with that statement. That’s why they (and we) choose to live in rural America. And they expect us, their elected officials, to protect their private property rights from burdensome regulation and outright confiscation by state and federal governments.”


Special Guest Speakers Include:
Myron Ebell is Director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and chairs the Cooler Heads Coalition, which comprises representatives from more than two dozen non-profit organizations based in the United States and abroad that challenge global warming alarmism and opposes energy rationing policies. Ebell has worked on energy and environment issues for more than two decades and has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows. Recently, Ebell served as President Donald Trump’s advisor and Environmental Protection Agency transition team leader.

William Perry Pendley is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Mountain States Legal Foundation, a “nonprofit, public interest legal foundation dedicated to individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, and the free enterprise system that defends constitutional liberties and the rule of law”. During the Reagan Administration, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Minerals of the Department of Interior, where he authored President Reagan's National Minerals Policy and Exclusive Economic Zone proclamation. He was a consultant to former Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman, Jr., and was engaged in the private practice of law in the Washington, D.C., area before his return to the West in 1989. He has argued cases before the Supreme Court of the United States as well as various federal courts of appeals; he won what Time called a "legal earthquake" when the Supreme Court ruled in his favor in the historic Adarand (equal protection) case. His monthly column, Summary Judgment, appears throughout the country; he is the author of five books: It Takes A Hero (1994); War on the West (1995); Warriors for the West (2006); Sagebrush Rebel (2013), and Summary Judgment (2015). He is admitted to practice law in Wyoming, Colorado, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

Tom DeWeese, President, American Policy Center. DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence. He is the author of several books and publications. He has spoken before groups nationwide and appeared on many radio and television shows. Tom DeWeese will appear by video link.



Additional Speakers include:

Howard Hutchinson, Executive Director, Coalition of Arizona/New Mexico Counties for Stable Economic Growth

Dr. Dan Eichenbaum, County Commissioner, Cherokee County, North Carolina, Coalition of Rural Appalachian Counties

Mrs. Linda Hogue, North Shore Road and Fontana Heritage Association (Note: This is a partial list.)


Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, July 25, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A surface front will become stationary from west to east across our region today and should drop to the south tonight. High pressure moving by to the north is expected to provide cooler temperatures on Wednesday. Another front will move in from the northwest late in the week, most likely on Friday.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for July 24th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F in Franklin in 1983
Lowest Temperature 44°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.93 inches in Franklin in 1997

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 27, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Patchy fog early. Mostly sunny with highs near 90 and calm winds. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3 pm.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds.



WEDNESDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the mid-80s and variable light winds. Moderate chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.



THURSDAY

Mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 60s.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not expected.

For more information on dealing with excessive heat, please check out http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Jul 25 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


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 graphic. 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.

Wednesday, August 2nd

7:00 pm in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room- "A Trip to the Moon and Beyond: The fantastical science fiction silent films of George Melies"
Each short film will be presented with a LIVE soundtrack featuring musicians Tyler Kittle and Michael Libramento.

Free and open to the public.


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 6:09 am
Sunrise: 6:38 am
Sunset 8:42 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:10 pm

Day Length (Sunrise to Sunset) 14 h 4 m
(2 min shorter than yesterday)


Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 7% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.

Moonrise 9:02 a.m.
Moonset 10:29 p.m.


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 3:55 am on July 25, 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. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Monday, July 24, 2017




LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will become stationary from west to east across our region through the middle of the week then dissipate. This should result in a little cooler temperature and better chances for rain over the next few days.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for July 24th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F in Franklin in 1983
Lowest Temperature 44°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.93 inches in Franklin in 1997

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 27, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY

Scattered showers, thunderstorms, and fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs near the mid-80s and light winds out of the northwest. Chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms increase in the afternoon hours.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds.



TUESDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s and calm winds. Chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds.



WEDNESDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

HAZARDS

Outside the high heat and humidity, and afternoon thunderstorms, there is no hazardous weather anticipated.

For more information on dealing with excessive heat, please check out http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Jul 24 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


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 graphic. 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.




September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 6:08 am
Sunrise: 6:37 am
Sunset 8:43 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:11 pm

Day Length (Sunrise to Sunset) 14 h 6 m
(2 min shorter than yesterday)


Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent with 2% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.

Moonrise 7:56 a.m.
Moonset 9:48 p.m.


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 4:05 am on July 24, 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, July 23, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunday, July 23, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A cold front will approach the area from the northwest today and settle across the region Monday through Wednesday. This should result in a little cooler temperature and better chances for rain over the next few days.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for July 23rd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 44°F in Highlands in 1915
Greatest Rainfall 2.89 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1970

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 27, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY heat index values will be in the low 90s

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s and heat index values in the low 90s.Calm winds early, then from the southwest in the afternoon as chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms increase.

TONIGHT

Mostly cloudy with fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s and variable light winds. Showers and thunderstorms are likely.



MONDAY

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s and light winds out of the northwest. Chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 60s and calm winds. Slight chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.



TUESDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. Moderate chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.

TUESDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.

HAZARDS

Outside the high heat and humidity, and afternoon thunderstorms, there is no hazardous weather anticipated. Some of the thunderstorms could become strong.



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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun Jul 23 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


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 graphic. 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.




September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 6:08 am
Sunrise: 6:36 am
Sunset 8:44 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:12 pm

Day Length (Sunrise to Sunset) 14 h 8 m
(1 min shorter than yesterday)


Moon Phase: New Moon at 5:46 am.
The next New Moon will occur during a total solar eclipse at 2:36:40 pm on August 21, 2017.

Moonrise 6:49 a.m.
Moonset 9:02 p.m.


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 4:59 am on July 23, 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. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, July 22, 2017




LOCAL NEWS


The filing period for the 2017 Municipal Elections ended Friday at noon. The mayors of Franklin and Highlands, as well as the Highlands Board of Commissioners, are running unopposed. There are six candidates running for three seats on the Franklin Council. More details are on the blog. [LINK]

LOCAL OUTLOOK

The upper-level ridge that has brought such hot weather to our region of the nation will gradually break down over the weekend as an upper-level trough develops over the eastern part of the country. Expect temperatures to be a little cooler next week with better chances for rain.

Heat index values may rise to uncomfortable levels through Sunday and those who participate in outdoor activities are advised to take extra care that they do not overheat. Additional information has been posted in the Hazards section of the daily briefing.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for July 22nd (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 97°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 46°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1947
Greatest Rainfall 2.24 inches in Highlands in 1979

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin on July 29, 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands on July 27, 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands on July 29, 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY heat index values will be in the low to mid 90s

Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 80s with heat index values in the low to mid-90s. Calm winds early and 5 mph from the southwest in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible, not everyone will see one.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with fog expected to develop after 2 am. Lows near 70 and calm winds. Chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2 am.



SUNDAY

Patchy fog and calm winds in the morning. Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s and winds from the west in the afternoon. Increased chance of showers and thunderstorms.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 60s and calm winds. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.



MONDAY

Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-80s. Increased chance of showers and thunderstorms.

MONDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 60s. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

HAZARDS

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected to develop across the mountains with isolated thunderstorms across the piedmont this afternoon into early evening. The main threats will be gusty winds, cloud-to-ground lightning and torrential downpours. However, an isolated severe storm, producing damaging wind gusts cannot be ruled out.

It is becoming more likely that our region will be experiencing a heat wave later this week. Though conditions will not be as extreme in Macon County as they will be in Tennessee or Georgia and the Upstate, it will be more uncomfortable than is normal for us. More information on the possible heat wave and precautions that are advised have been posted below, and you may refer to the NOAA Heat Safety Page at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/ for more detailed information:



...Heat Wave Developing this Week through the Weekend...

A strong ridge of high pressure will be in place from Wednesday through Saturday. During this time, temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s combined with increasing humidity levels will allow heat index values to climb to uncomfortable levels. Heat index values on Wednesday will range from the upper 80s and low 90s, Thursday low to mid-90s, Friday and Saturday the low to mid-90s, and Sunday in the upper 80s to lower 90s.

Please take the following heat safety precautions:

1) When outdoors, stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade as often as possible.

2) Check up on the elderly, sick and those without air conditioning.

3) Never leave kids or pets unattended in vehicles. Remember, Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat.

4) Limit strenuous outdoor activities, especially during the afternoon, find shade and stay hydrated.

The upper ridge will break down by late this weekend allowing for increasing coverage of showers and thunderstorms. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio and other local media for further details or updates.

For more information on dealing with excessive heat, please check out http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sat Jul 22 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


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 graphic. 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.




September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 6:07 am
Sunrise: 6:35 am
Sunset 8:44 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:13 pm

Day Length (Sunrise to Sunset) 14 h 9 m
(1 min shorter than yesterday)


Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 1% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 5:43 a.m.
Moonset 8:09 p.m.


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 4:20 am on July 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. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Municipal Filing Period Ends for 2017 Election Cycle
Mayors and Highlands Commissioners Run Unopposed
Six Seek Three Seats on Franklin Council

The Macon Media mobile office




Filing for the 2017 Municipal Election Period ended at noon today with two additional people filing for the Franklin Council and one person filing for a seat on the Highlands Board of Commissioners.

The offices up for election in Franklin are Mayor and three council seats and in Highlands, it is the Mayor and two commissioner seats.

The mayors will be unchallenged (provided there are no write-in campaigns) and five people are seeking the three seats on the Franklin Council and there are two people seeking the two seats in Highlands.

Candidate Filings by Date

July 7th 

Bob Scott filed for re-election as Mayor of Franklin

Patrick Taylor filed for re-election as Mayor of Highlands

July 10th

David B. Culpepper filed for Franklin Town Council

July 12th

Amy Patterson filed for Highlands Commissioner

JimBo Ledford filed for Franklin Town Council

July 17th

Barbara McRae filed for Franklin Town Council

July 20th

Billy Mashburn filed for Franklin Town Council

July 21st

Greg Raby filed for Franklin Council

Donnie Calloway filed for Highlands Commissioner

Angela Moore filed for Franklin Council


Information from the Macon County Board of Elections on the upcoming municipal election cycle is posted below.



ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

FILING PERIOD: Beginning Friday, July 7, 2017, at 12 Noon - Ending Friday, July 21, 2017, at 12 Noon


TOWN OF FRANKLIN -MAYOR & 3 COUNCIL MEMBERS, TOWN OF HIGHLANDS - MAYOR & 2 COMMISSIONERS

FILING FOR THE FOLLOWING CONTESTS TAKES PLACE AT THE MACON COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS

TOWN OF FRANKLIN MAYOR Filing Fee: $72.00
• Term expires for BOB SCOTT
• Two-year term

TOWN OF FRANKLIN COUNCIL MEMBER

• Term expires for BARBARA MCRAE Filing Fee: $36.00
• Four-year term

TOWN OF FRANKLIN COUNCIL MEMBER

• Term expires for BILLY MASHBURN Filing Fee: $36.00
• Four-year term

TOWN OF FRANKLIN COUNCIL MEMBER

• Term expires for PATTI ABEL Filing Fee: $36.00
• Four-year term

TOWN OF HIGHLANDS MAYOR Filing Fee: $10.00
• Term expires for PATRICK TAYLOR
• Four-year term

TOWN OF HIGHLANDS COMMISSIONER Filing Fee: $5.00
• Term expires for AMY E. PATTERSON
• Four-year term

TOWN OF HIGHLANDS COMMISSIONER
• Tam expires for DONNIE CALLOWAY Filing Fee: $5.00
• Four-year tam

IMPORTANT DATES (Subject to change due to legislation by the NC General Assembly)

• Absentee by Mail Voting Begins October 9, 2017
• Voter Registration Deadline October 13, 2017
• One-Stop Early Voting Begins in Franklin BOE office October 19, 2017
• One-Stop Eary Voting Begins in Highlands Civic Center October 26, 2017
• Deadline for Absentee by Mail Requests, 5 PM October 31, 2017
• One-Stop Early Voting Ends, 1 PM at both locations November 4, 2017
• Absentee Ballots Must Be Received or Postmarked, 5 PM November 7, 2017
• Municipal Election Day, polls open 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM November 7, 2017
• Official Canvass Meeting, 11 AM November 17, 2017


VOTING LOCATIONS

Macon County has 2 One Stop sites for the 2017 General Election. Any registered voter of this county may choose to vote at one of the following locations:

Location for Franklin
Board of Elections Office
5 W Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734
(1st Floor Basement Level) Room 127B

Location for Highlands
Highlands Civic Center
600 N 4th St, Highlands, NC 28741
Meeting Room 1


MACON COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS

5 West Main Street Phone (828) 349-2034
Franklin, NC 28734 Fax (828) 349-2557

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 noon on July 21, 2017

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety


Be kind to one another.

Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, July 21, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

An upper-level ridge over the center of the country will continue to bring hot temperatures and isolated showers and thunderstorms through today. A broad upper-level trough then develops over the weekend and into early next week and is expected to bring cooler temperatures along with greater chances for rain.

Heat index values may rise to uncomfortable levels through Sunday and those who participate in outdoor activities are advised to take extra care that they do not overheat. Additional information has been posted in the Hazards section of the daily briefing.


WEATHER SPONSOR



Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month. They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products. Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.


Weather Almanac for July 21st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1986
Lowest Temperature 42°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 5.21 inches in Highlands in 1938

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands in 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK



TODAY heat index values will be in the low 90s

Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny with highs near 90 and variable light winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3 pm.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with patchy fog after 2 am and calm winds. Lows in the upper 60s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7 pm.



SATURDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the upper 80s and calm winds early, then from the southwest in the afternoon. Increased chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows near 70 and calm winds. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.



SUNDAY

Partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.

SUNDAY NIGHT

Mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 60s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.

HAZARDS

Outside the high heat and humidity, there is no hazardous weather anticipated for today.

It is becoming more likely that our region will be experiencing a heat wave later this week. Though conditions will not be as extreme in Macon County as they will be in Tennessee or Georgia and the Upstate, it will be more uncomfortable than is normal for us. More information on the possible heat wave and precautions that are advised have been posted below, and you may refer to the NOAA Heat Safety Page at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/ for more detailed information:



...Heat Wave Developing this Week through the Weekend...

A strong ridge of high pressure will be in place from Wednesday through Saturday. During this time, temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s combined with increasing humidity levels will allow heat index values to climb to uncomfortable levels. Heat index values on Wednesday will range from the upper 80s and low 90s, Thursday low to mid-90s, Friday and Saturday the low to mid-90s, and Sunday in the upper 80s to lower 90s.

Please take the following heat safety precautions:

1) When outdoors, stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade as often as possible.

2) Check up on the elderly, sick and those without air conditioning.

3) Never leave kids or pets unattended in vehicles. Remember, Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat.

4) Limit strenuous outdoor activities, especially during the afternoon, find shade and stay hydrated.

The upper ridge will break down by late this weekend allowing for increasing coverage of showers and thunderstorms. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio and other local media for further details or updates.

For more information on dealing with excessive heat, please check out http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Jul 21 2017

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


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 graphic. 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.


September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 6:06 am
Sunrise: 6:35 am
Sunset 8:45 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:13 pm

Day Length (Sunrise to Sunset) 14 h 10 m
(1 min shorter than yesterday)


Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 5% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 4:42 a.m.
Moonset 7:10 p.m.


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 4:27 am on July 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. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Thursday, July 20, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

An upper-level ridge will build over our region from the west through the end of the work week bringing hot temperatures and isolated showers and thunderstorms each day. A broad upper-level trough develops over the weekend and into early next week and is expected to bring cooler temperatures.

Heat index values may rise to uncomfortable levels through Sunday and those who participate in outdoor activities are advised to take extra care that they do not overheat. Additional information has been posted in the Hazards section of the daily briefing.


WEATHER SPONSOR


Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month.  They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products.  Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.  

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.  


Weather Almanac for July 20th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 96°F in Franklin in 1954
Lowest Temperature 46°F in Highlands in 1904
Greatest Rainfall 2.58inches in Nantahala in 1971

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands in 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY isolated strong to severe thunderstorms possible

Cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing. Highs near 90 and light winds from the northwest. Slight chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds.



FRIDAY

Mostly sunny with highs near 90 and variable light winds.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the upper 60s and calm winds.



SATURDAY

Mostly sunny with highs near 90. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

SATURDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows near 70. Chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

HAZARDS

Isolated thunderstorms are expected to develop again across the area this afternoon and evening. The main threats will be from cloud to ground lightning and locally heavy rainfall. However, a few storms could become briefly severe, with damaging winds being the primary threat.

It is becoming more likely that our region will be experiencing a heat wave later this week. Though conditions will not be as extreme in Macon County as they will be in Tennessee or Georgia and the Upstate, it will be more uncomfortable than is normal for us. More information on the possible heat wave and precautions that are advised have been posted below, and you may refer to the NOAA Heat Safety Page at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/ for more detailed information:

...Heat Wave Developing this Week through the Weekend...

A strong ridge of high pressure will be in place from Wednesday through Saturday. During this time, temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s combined with increasing humidity levels will allow heat index values to climb to uncomfortable levels. Heat index values on Wednesday will range from the upper 80s and low 90s, Thursday low to mid-90s, Friday and Saturday the low to mid-90s, and Sunday in the upper 80s to lower 90s.

Please take the following heat safety precautions:

1) When outdoors, stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade as often as possible.

2) Check up on the elderly, sick and those without air conditioning.

3) Never leave kids or pets unattended in vehicles. Remember, Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat.

4) Limit strenuous outdoor activities, especially during the afternoon, find shade and stay hydrated.

The upper ridge will break down by late this weekend allowing for increasing coverage of showers and thunderstorms. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio and other local media for further details or updates.

For more information on dealing with excessive heat, please check out http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Jul 20 2017

For the North Atlantic...The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.


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 graphic. 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.




September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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.



Astronomy

Twilight Begins: 6:05 am
Sunrise: 6:34 am
Sunset 8:45 pm
Twilight Ends: 9:14 pm

Day Length (Sunrise to Sunset) 14 h 11 m
(2 mins shorter than yesterday)


Moon Phase: Waning Crescent with 11% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.

Moonrise 3:46 a.m.
Moonset 6:06 p.m.


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 4:04 am on July 20, 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, July 19, 2017

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, July 19, 2017





LOCAL OUTLOOK

A stalled frontal boundary will slowly dissipate to our southeast over the next few days as a strong upper ridge gradually builds into the region from the west. This will bring hot temperatures and a reduction in the coverage of diurnal showers and thunderstorms through the end of the work week. Temperatures will begin to moderate by the weekend while enhanced thunderstorm chances return to the forecast early next week. Heat index values may rise to uncomfortable levels through Sunday and those who participate in outdoor activities are advised to take extra care that they do not overheat. Additional information has been posted in the Hazards section of the daily briefing.


WEATHER SPONSOR


Adams Products, a Division of Oldcastle is underwriting the daily weather briefing and public safety updates for the month.  They have all your masonry products (block, mortars, tools), plus feature Belgrade Pavers and Sakrete Products.  Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC.  

Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Adams.Oldcastle.Franklin.NC/

Their phone number is 828.524.8545, all are welcome, let them help you with your next project.  


Weather Almanac for July 19th (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 97°F in Franklin in 1986
Lowest Temperature 47°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2009
Greatest Rainfall 3.79 inches in Highlands in 1959

Record weather events for July in Macon County

Highest Temperature 101°F in Franklin in 1952
Lowest Temperature 34°F in Highlands in 1911
Greatest Rainfall 21.15 inches in Highlands in 1879


THREE DAY OUTLOOK




TODAY isolated strong to severe thunderstorms possible

Patchy fog in the morning. Cloudy through mid-morning, then clearing. Highs in the mid to upper 80s with heat indexes rising into the low 90s. Light winds out of the northwest. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the late afternoon. Some of those that develop could become strong or severe.

TONIGHT

Mostly clear with lows in the mid-60s and calm winds.



THURSDAY

Sunny with highs near 90 and light winds out of the northwest. Heat index values in the low to mid 90s.

THURSDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 60s and calm winds.



FRIDAY

Patchy fog early. Mostly sunny with highs near 90 and heat index values in the low-90s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy with lows in the upper 60s. Fog may form after 3 am.

HAZARDS

Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop again across the area this afternoon and evening. The main threats will be from cloud to ground lightning and locally heavy rainfall. However, a few storms could become briefly severe, with damaging winds being the primary threat.

It is becoming more likely that our region will be experiencing a heat wave later this week. Though conditions will not be as extreme in Macon County as they will be in Tennessee or Georgia and the Upstate, it will be more uncomfortable than is normal for us. More information on the possible heat wave and precautions that are advised have been posted below, and you may refer to the NOAA Heat Safety Page at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/ for more detailed information:



...Heat Wave Developing this Week through the Weekend...

A strong ridge of high pressure will be in place from Wednesday through Saturday. During this time, temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s combined with increasing humidity levels will allow heat index values to climb to uncomfortable levels. Heat index values on Wednesday will range from the upper 80s and low 90s, Thursday low to mid 90s, Friday and Saturday the low to mid 90s, and Sunday in the upper 80s to lower 90s.

Please take the following heat safety precautions:

1) When outdoors, stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade as often as possible.

2) Check up on the elderly, sick and those without air conditioning.

3) Never leave kids or pets unattended in vehicles. Remember, Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat.

4) Limit strenuous outdoor activities, especially during the afternoon, find shade and stay hydrated.

The upper ridge will break down by late this weekend allowing for increasing coverage of showers and thunderstorms. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio and other local media for further details or updates.

For more information on dealing with excessive heat, please check out http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/

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



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK

Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Jul 19 2017

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center has issued the last advisory on the remnants of Don, located over the southeastern Caribbean Sea.

1. A low pressure system located more than 1100 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing a large area of cloudiness and showers. Some slow development of this system is possible during the next day or two while it moves toward the west-northwest or northwest at 10 to 15 mph. After that time, environmental conditions are forecast to become unfavorable for development.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.


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 graphic. 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.




July 19th, WEDNESDAY

FRANKLIN BIRD CLUB

Bird walk along the Greenway. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area at 8:00 am. Check below in Comments for walk report.

September 27th, WEDNESDAY

HOSPICE HOUSE FOUNDATION OF WNC

PEACEFUL JOURNEY
3rd annual charity dining event
hosted by RISTORANTE PAOLETTI at 440 Main Street in Highlands

For information, visit http://hhfwnc.org/peaceful-journey/


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.



Astronomy

Section deprecated for today due to time constraints

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]

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Published at 4:37 am on July 19, 2017

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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.