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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, May 1, 2018


One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting on Pheasant Drive. More information from the Macon County Sheriffs Office and WLOS-TV is posted below.

Read the rest of the story on the WLOS-TV website. [LINK]

Press Release by Sheriff Robert Holland

Macon County Sheriffs Office
April 30, 2018

On April 29th, at approximately 11:41 PM, Macon County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 164 Pheasant Dr. in reference to a dispute amongst neighbors regarding boards with nails placed on a driveway, blocking a neighbors exit. Responding deputy arrived at approximately 11:55 PM and began interviewing original caller and involved parties. While conducting the investigation, a Macon County deputy was confronted by an armed suspect. The deputy gave repeated commands to drop the weapon. The suspect took aggressive action toward the deputy, prompting the deputy to discharge his weapon in self-defense which struck and killed the suspect.

Upon my arrival and after checking on my officers and reviewing the scene, I contacted and requested the assistance of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to conduct a full investigation into the incident. Because this is an SBI investigation, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office is not in the position to disclose any additional information until the conclusion of the SBI investigation and subsequent review by the District Attorney’s Office.

Any additional inquiries should be directed to the State Bureau of Investigation.

<b>Candidate Forum Videos</b>

Videos of the recent candidate forum at the Macon County Public Library have been cut into smaller bite-sized portions.

The links are posted below:

• Register of Deeds [LINK]
• NC Senate District 50 [LINK]
• District 2 Macon County Commissioner [LINK]
• Macon County Sheriff [LINK]
• North Carolina 11th Congressional District [LINK]
• District 1 Macon County Commissioner [LINK]
• Full Forum [LINK]


The center of a high pressure moves offshore into midweek providing a warm summer-like southerly flow of air through Friday. A cold front arrives for the weekend bringing a chance of showers.


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

Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:

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

Weather Almanac for May 1st (1872-2016)

Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 86°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2007
Lowest Temperature 28°F in Highlands in 1996
Greatest Rainfall 2.15 inches in Highlands in 2016
Greatest One-Day Snowfall No measurable snowfall has been recorded on this date since record keeping began in Macon County

Record Weather Events for April (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on April 26, 1986
Lowest Temperature 13°F in Highlands on April 1, 1987
Greatest Rainfall 7.00 inches in Highlands on April 7, 1895
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 9.5 inches in Franklin on April 4, 1987


The images below represent the daily forecast at 8 am for today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Click on any of them to enlarge.



Sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.


Clear, with a low around 48. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.


Sunny, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.


Mostly clear, with a low around 51. Light south wind.


Sunny, with a high near 81.


Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.


Sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.


Clear, with a low around 49. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.


Sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon.


Mostly clear, with a low around 52. Light and variable wind.


Sunny, with a high near 80.


Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.


Sunny, with a high near 68. West wind 5 to 7 mph.


Clear, with a low around 50. Southwest wind around 8 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 68. West wind 6 to 8 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon.


Mostly clear, with a low around 52. West southwest wind around 7 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 70.


Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.


Sunny, with a high near 74. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.


Mostly clear, with a low around 50. South wind 3 to 5 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 75. South southwest wind 3 to 7 mph.


Mostly clear, with a low around 54. South wind 3 to 6 mph.


Sunny, with a high near 76.


Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

GOES 16 - Band 15 - 12.3 µm - Dirty Longwave Window - IR
12:12 am to 3:07 am this morning


Hazardous weather is not expected today.

Macon Media maintains a Severe Weather Preparedness Page at for those who are interested.

As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches, and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting

3:07 am this morning


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 If you want text published, please include a paragraph with your photo, flyer or graphics. Please include date(s) and time(s).
There is no charge for civic, educational or nonprofit groups, except for groups or events that receive funding from the TDA, TDC, and EDC, where full rates apply.


Want to sell all those extra items collecting dust around your house?

Join the indoor community yard sale at Trimont Christian Academy. Trimont will be doing community-wide advertising for this event.


I am writing to thank the residents of Franklin, Highlands, and Macon County for spreading joy to children around the world this Christmas. Through the generosity of the Macon County community, 4,636 shoeboxes were collected; and the Western North Carolina Area Team was able to exceed our goal by collecting 20,038 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The International total for 2017 was 11,012,840 shoeboxes!

As National Volunteer Week (April 15 – 21) approaches, I wanted to pass along information about an opportunity for Macon County residents to join a local volunteer team with Operation Christmas Child. This project of the international Christian relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse, sends gift-filled shoeboxes to millions of children in need each year and gives local residents the opportunity to make a worldwide impact. “National Volunteer Week is a great time to become a part of this international project,” said June Trull, who heads up the Western North Carolina Area Team of Operation Christmas Child.“Joining an Operation Christmas Child Area Team is an amazing way to give back year-round and share God’s love with children in need.”

Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries since 1993. This year, the local Western North Carolina Area Team hopes to collect 21,000 shoebox gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching more than 11 million children in need.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Thank You
Brenda Hackett
Samaritan's Purse
Media Support
Western North Carolina Area Team
Operation Christmas Child

Uptown Gallery classes
(These are on-going classes – repeat weekly)

Free classes and open studio times are being offered at the The Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Join others at a painting open studio session every Tuesday from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm or on Thursday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11am – 2 pm. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828) 349 – 4607.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Appalachian South

Meets each Thursday at 7pm
The First Methodist Church Outreach Center
at the intersection of Harrison Ave. and West Main Street
(directly across from Lazy Hiker Brewery)

Come join our weekly support group for anyone suffering from mental illness and their family or friends. This includes Depression, Bipolar,8chizophrenia, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Etc.

Here you will find:
— others living with mental health challenges YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- learn coping skills and ?find hope in shared experience
- help learning how to break down stigma and guilt surrounding mental health
- how to live life with the expectation of a better a better future

Kay (706)970-9987 Denise (828)347-5000)


On January 1, 2017, the Syringe Exchange Program of Franklin began operating a comprehensive harm reduction program to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting western NC. Opioid overdose reversal kits including naloxone are available free of charge. If you have any questions about our services or if you know someone interested in volunteering, please contact Stephanie Almeida at 828-475-1920.

Sun and Moon

Not enough time to post this material today

Sky Guides for this week

Sky and Telescope Magazine 
Astronomy Magazine

There will be three solar and two lunar eclipses in 2018. [LINK]

Heavens Above has an Android App that will assist you in observing the sky and even has a satellite tracker that will let you know when the International Space Station and dozens of other satellites are overhead. [LINK]

Stellarium is also an app that will assist you in observing the sky. It is available in both Android [LINK] and iOS versions. [LINK]


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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

3:30 am on May 1, 2018

#WNCscan #MaconWx #MaconSafety

Data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited):, 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.