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Thursday, September 30, 2021

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County
September 30, 2021



Here is an index to assist you in moving from section to section within the article.

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Introduction
Developing COVID-19 News

Mission-HCA Patient Report
Detected, Active, Recovered, and Deaths
Testing Statistics
Vaccine Delivery Statistics
Macon County Public Schools Report
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Introduction

Numbers released on Thursday, September 30th, 2021.

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to the public. Numbers from the Macon County Public Schools have been added after the Vaccine Report and are more conveniently accessed via the Table of Contents at the top of this article.


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Developing COVID-19 News

The Macon County Public Health Department has reported three deaths due to COVID-19 this week. Here is a chart showing the number of deaths by month since March 2020.




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Mission-HCA Patient Report

[editor's note: once enough data has been collected, Macon Media will begin producing a chart for this staistic) Mission Hospital did not respond to a request for hospitalization numbers today, so here are yesterday's numbers:

As of 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 29 there are 141 COVID positive inpatients in Mission Health system; 116 at Mission Hospital; 9 at Angel Medical Center; 1 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital; 12 at Mission Hospital McDowell; 3 at Transylvania Regional Hospital

Message from Macon Public Health

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19; however, anyone of any age can become infected with this illness. Therefore, we ask that community members strictly follow the governor’s recommendations and continue to practice social distancing, as well as safe hygiene measures such as hand washing and frequently cleaning touched objects and surfaces. Everyone who is eligible is encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, a safe and effective prevention tool.

If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please call the Health Department at 828-349-2081 to schedule an appointment for a test. To register and schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, please call 828-349-2081.


Here is a new chart that may be of some use to the public. It measures the change in the numbers of detected COVID-19 cases from Friday to Friday as a percentage change from the previous Friday. It starts on Friday, May 20th, which saw a 0.57% increase in detected cases over the previous week.





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Introduction

Known COVID-19 Cases

5030 Detected
(+72 from yesterday and +247 from last week and +990 in four weeks and +4408 or +708.68% from one year ago)

328 Active
(-79 (-19.41%) from yesterday and -63 (-16.11%) from last week and +119 (+56.94%) in four weeks and +310 or +17.22% from one year ago

4641 Recovered
(+148 from yesterday and +304 from last week and +856 in four weeks and +4044 (+677.39%) from one year ago)

61 Deaths
+2 (+5.17%) from Friday and +6 (+10.91%) from last week and +15 (+32.61%) in four weeks and +54 or +771.43% from one year ago)




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Testing Statistics



Testing numbers reported to the health department

12439 by Macon County Public Health
(+131 from yesterday and +362 from last week and +1500 in four weeks and +6632 or +118.53% from one year ago)

14457 by Others
(+53 from yesterday and +422 from last week and +1563 in four weeks and +12247 or 555.67% from one year ago)

26890 Total Tests
(+164 from yesterday and +809 from last week and +3145 in four weeks and +19025 or 241.89% from one year ago)

265 tests pending results
(-18 from yesterday and -9 from last week and +106 in four weeks and +165 or +165.00% from one year ago)





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Vaccine Delivery Statistics



Vaccine Delivery Statistics


23 Vaccines Given Today
+23 from yesterday
23 given this week

682 Vaccines in Inventory
-98 from yesterday

-98 this week

13032 Total Vaccines Given
+23 from yesterday
23 given this week


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Macon County Public Schools Report



Macon County Public Schools Report
Friday, September 24, 2021

Cartoogechaye Elementary

Currently Quarantined 13 students and 2 staff
Currently Posivitve 4 students and 1 staff

East Franklin Elementary

Currently Quarantined 11 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 0 students and 0 staff

Franklin High School

Currently Quarantined 37 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 11 students and 0 staff

Highlands School

Currently Quarantined 16 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 6 students and 3 staff

Iotla Valley Elementary

Currently Quarantined 16 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 0 students and 0 staff

Macon Early College

Currently Quarantined 2 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 0 students and 0 staff

Macon Middle School

Currently Quarantined 21 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 7 students and 0 staff

Mountain Valley Intermediate

Currently Quarantined 17students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 8 students and 1 staff

Nantahala School

Currently Quarantined 0 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 2 students and 2 staff

South Macon Elemenary

Currently Quarantined 53 students and 3 staff
Currently Posivitve 3 students and 2 staff

Union Academy

Currently Quarantined 10 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 0 students and 1 staff

Central Offices

Currently Quantined 0 staff
Currently Positive 0 staff

Totals

Students Quarantined 196
Students Positive 42
Students Avoiding Quantine Due to Vaccination 49
Total Students Out of School 238

Staff Quarantined 7
Staff Positive 10
Staff Avoiding Quarantine Due to Vaccination 39
Total Staff Out of School 17
Substitues Quarantined 0 Substitutes Positive 1 Total Substitues Out 1


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News and Weather Briefing for Thursday, September 30, 2021



Here is an index to assist you in moving from section to section within the article.

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Local News
Weather
Hazards and Tropical Weather
Almanac
Macon Calendar
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
On This Day
Support Macon Media


OUTLOOK

A weak back door cold front will cross our area from the north by early tonight then move south of the area Thursday through Friday. Temperatures will remain above normal through the weekend. Another cold front is forecast to approach from the northwest early next week, with better moisture possible. An unsettled weather pattern could prevail through much of next week.




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Local News

Local COVID-19 Numbers for September 23, 2021 [MaconMedia.com]

Local numbers for September 29th not released by health department.

PRESS RELEASE (09-29-2021)
MACON COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE


Suspect Tristan Justice Davis is currently in custody of MCSO.

Yesterday’s chase and manhunt ended early this morning with suspect Tristan Justice Davis in the custody of Macon County deputies. Following yesterday’s chase and manhunt, detectives monitored our CrimeStoppers Hotline and received multiple tips on the new Sheriff’s Office App throughout the night and followed up on any and all leads received. Early this morning detectives went to a location where they had information that suspect Davis may be at a particular residence. Detectives went to the residence and an individual at the residence informed them that suspect Davis was inside his residence. Deputies immediately entered the home and were able to take Tristan Justice Davis into custody without incident. Davis was immediately transported to the Macon County Detention Center. Davis was complaining of injuries he had received and was transported to the hospital to be evaluated. Once he is checked by medical staff and declared fit for confinement he will be brought back to the Macon County Detention Center and be formally charged with multiple offenses.

At this time detectives are initiating the next step into their investigation. We will now begin following up with Information as to who has played a role in assisting the suspect while he was on the run from “Justice”. Detectives have seized his cell phone and will obtain search warrant for his fb account and other accounts he had access to. We know Tristan Justice Davis was enjoying spending time on Facebook last night while on the run so we are confident our investigation will lead us to additional suspects.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the MCSO.


• Towns County mourns the loss of Emmanuel "Manny" Carrion, a friend to all. [Towns Observer]

Macon Board of Education - Sept 2021 (Corrected Version)



Macon County Participates in Oral Rabies Vaccination Program [MaconMedia.com]

Pisgah Legal recommends the NC Medicaid Ombudsman for Medicaid beneficiaries who need education, guidance and advocacy [MaconMedia.com]




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Saturday Night


Franklin area

Today

Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 2pm and 5pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.




Highlands Plateau

Today

A slight chance of showers in the midafternoon, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tonight

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 4am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 20%.

Friday

A slight chance of thunderstorms, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 54. Calm winds.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s.






Otto area

Today

Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds.

Friday

A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 1pm and 5pm. Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.




Nantahala area

Today

Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers between 11am and 1pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Chance of rain is 20%.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Patchy dense fog, primarily in the vicinity of river valleys and area lakes, will locally reduce visibility to one-quarter mile or less this morning and tonight.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Sep 30 2021

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Sam, located a few hundred miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands, and on Tropical Storm Victor, located over the eastern tropical Atlantic.

1. Shower activity associated with a trough of low pressure located over the tropical Atlantic about midway between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles has become limited. Environmental conditions are forecast to become less conducive over the next few days, and significant development of this system is no longer anticipated. The disturbance is forecast to move westward at 10 to 15 mph.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.



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Almanac

Air Quality




Air quality is in the lower range of yellow for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the lower range of yellow.

Fire and Smoke Map
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range (6.0 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (5.5 out of 12).


Weather Almanac for September 29th (1872-2020)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County (1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 88°F in Nantahala in 1971
Lowest Temperature 30°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1962
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands in 1964

Record Weather Events for September (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1964
(this was the first day of heavy rains that would result in the Flood of 1964. More on this event is in the Almanac article for today).

Record Weather Events for September (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1964
Record weather events for this date and month in Macon County

Record Weather Events for Sept 1st in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 105°F in Goldsboro, Wayne County in 1932
Lowest Temperature 33°F in Boone, Watauga County in 1946
Greatest Rainfall 8.98 inches in Andrews, Cherokee County in 1982
Record Weather Events for September in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 109°F in Weldon, Halifax County on 09-07-1954
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Marion, McDowell County on 09-28-2000
Greatest Rainfall 18.30 inches in Southport, Brunswick County on 09-16-1999



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Macon Calendar
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)


IMAGE RED SAND PROJECT

Zonta Club of the Franklin Area Red Sand Project

The Red Sand Project will be held in front of the Macon County Courthouse in downtown Franklin on Saturday October 2 at 9 a.m. Social distancing will be practiced and masks are advised.

Come and help to draw attention to those who metaphorically “fall through the cracks” and become victims of human trafficking. Women and children are more likely to be victims; unfortunately trafficking often goes unrecognized and is far more prevalent here than most people realize. Zonta will highlight how it affects our community and our country and introduce some of the organizations here that combat it. Participants will be given red sand that they will use to fill the cracks in the sidewalk, to draw attention to those who cannot advocate for themselves.



FROG FAIR
November 6, 2021


Friends of the Greenway Fall Fundraising Event. FROG FAIR will be held November 6 from 9-3 at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main at the Town bridge. Vendor spaces are available--check our website for registration forms or stop by FROG Quarters. Make sure to mark your calendar--arts & crafts, food, & music will make it a special day. For more information, email frog28734@gmail.com.


Encastic Painting Classes

The Macon County Art Association (a not for profit member organization) is offering classes in encastic painting on Specified Fridays from 10AM-12PM at the Uptown Gallery 30 E Main St Franklin NC. Specific class dates are Friday July 9 and 23, August 3 and 27, September 3 and 17, October 29.

For more information contact the instructor, Karen Smith, at karen@programservices.org


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National News Roundup

• Taliban disperse women protesters with gunfire in Kabul [Yahoo! News]

• Phone calls disrupted by ongoing DDoS cyber attack on VOIP.ms [ars Technica]

Bandwidth.com And The Ongoing DDoS Attacks Against VoIP Providers



See more about what DDoS Attacks are at [VoiP DDoS Mitigation Explained With Ray Orsini from OITVoiP]

• Congress moves to avert partial government shutdown [Courthouse News Service]

House votes to suspend debt ceiling through 2022 as Congress works to avert government shutdown



• House appears poised to pull infrastructure vote amid stubborn stalemate [The Hill]

• USPS to implement slower delivery for mail, small packages amid regulator’s concerns [Federal News Network]

• Ben Rubin explains why the Web3 era of social media will help everybody get paid [TechCrunch]

• Panel Subpoenas 11 in Capitol Riot Inquiry, Eyeing Jan. 6 Rally Planners [New York Times]

Retailers complain of product shortages nationwide | WNT



PBS NewsHour full episode, September 29th, 2021




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Since it looks like we may be in for a new wave of infections, here is a section on COVID-19. It will include local, regional, state, national, and global items.





COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [September 24, 2021]



• YouTube is banning prominent anti-vaccine activists and blocking all anti-vaccine content [MSN News/Washington Post]

Why It’s Impossible To Put Tracking Microchips In Covid Vaccines



• Covid and Mars [The Space Review]

• United Airlines Prepares to Fire Employees Who Refuse Covid-19 Vaccinations [Wall Street Journal]

• New tool predicts changes that may make COVID variants more infectious [ScienceDaily]

• Pseudoephedrine and its derivatives antagonize wild and mutated severe acute respiratory syndrome‐CoV‐2 viruses through blocking virus invasion and antiinflammatory effect [Wiley Online Library: Phytotherapy Research]

COVID-19 Q and A with A and V Livestream 9/29/21



• Incidence, co-occurrence, and evolution of long-COVID features: A 6-month retrospective cohort study of 273,618 survivors of COVID-19 [Public Library of Science: Medicine]

• A farewell to R: time-series models for tracking and forecasting epidemics [Journal of the Royal Society Interface]

Vaccine Efficacy Versus Delta Variant: Real World Data (COVID 19 Update 129)



• Correlates of protection against symptomatic and asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection [Nature]

• Persistence of robust humoral immune response in COVID-19 convalescent individuals over 12 months after infection [MedRxiv (PDF)]

Virology Live: What is a Virus?



• REGEN-COV Antibody Combination and Outcomes in Outpatients with Covid-19 [New England Journal of Medicine]


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On This Day

September 30th is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 92 days remain until the end of the year.

It is the last day of the third quarter and the midway point of the second half of the year.



Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)



489 – The Ostrogoths under Theoderic the Great defeat the forces of Odoacer for the second time.
737 – The Turgesh drive back an Umayyad invasion of Khuttal, follow them south of the Oxus, and capture their baggage train.
1399 – Henry IV is proclaimed king of England.
1520 – Suleiman the Magnificent is proclaimed sultan of the Ottoman Empire.
1541 – Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto and his forces enter Tula territory in present-day western Arkansas, encountering fierce resistance.
1551 – A coup by the military establishment of Japan's Ōuchi clan forces their lord to commit suicide, and their city is burned.
1744 – War of the Austrian Succession: France and Spain defeat Sardinia at the Battle of Madonna dell'Olmo, but soon have to withdraw from Sardinia anyway.
1791 – The first performance of Mozart's opera The Magic Flute takes place two months before his death.
1791 – France's National Constituent Assembly is dissolved, to be replaced the next day by the National Legislative Assembly.
1882 – Thomas Edison's first commercial hydroelectric power plant (later known as Appleton Edison Light Company) begins operation.
1888 – Jack the Ripper kills his third and fourth victims, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes.
1906 – The Royal Galician Academy, the Galician language's biggest linguistic authority, starts working in La Coruña, Spain.
1907 – The McKinley National Memorial, the final resting place of assassinated U.S. President William McKinley and his family, is dedicated in Canton, Ohio.
1909 – The Cunard Line's RMS Mauretania makes a record-breaking westbound crossing of the Atlantic, that will not be bettered for 20 years.
1915 – World War I: Radoje Ljutovac becomes the first soldier in history to shoot down an enemy aircraft with ground-to-air fire.
1935 – The Hoover Dam, astride the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada, is dedicated.
1938 – Britain, France, Germany and Italy sign the Munich Agreement, whereby Germany annexes the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia.
1938 – The League of Nations unanimously outlaws "intentional bombings of civilian populations".
1939 – World War II: General Władysław Sikorski becomes prime minister of the Polish government-in-exile.
1939 – NBC broadcasts the first televised American football game.
1941 – World War II: The Babi Yar massacre comes to an end.
1943 – The United States Merchant Marine Academy is dedicated by President Roosevelt.
1944 – The Germans commence a counter offensive to retake the Nijmegen salient, this having been captured by the allies during Operation Market Garden.
1945 – The Bourne End rail crash, in Hertfordshire, England, kills 43.
1947 – The 1947 World Series begins. It is the first to be televised, to include an African-American player, to exceed $2 million in receipts, to see a pinch-hit home run, and to have six umpires on the field.
1947 – Pakistan joins the United Nations.
1949 – The Berlin Airlift ends.
1954 – The U.S. Navy submarine USS Nautilus is commissioned as the world's first nuclear-powered vessel.
1962 – James Meredith enters the University of Mississippi, defying racial segregation rules.
1966 – Bechuanaland declares its independence, and becomes the Republic of Botswana.
1968 – The Boeing 747 is rolled out and shown to the public for the first time.
1970 – Jordan makes a deal with the PFLP for the release of the remaining hostages from the Dawson's Field hijackings.
1975 – Malév Flight 240 crashes into the Mediterranean Sea while on approach to Beirut International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 60.
1978 – Finnair Flight 405 aircraft was hijacked by Aarno Lamminparras in Oulu, Finland.
1980 – Ethernet specifications are published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation.
1993 – The 6.2 Mw  Latur earthquake shakes Maharashtra, India with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe) killing 9,748 and injuring 30,000.
1999 – The Tokaimura nuclear accident causes the deaths of two technicians in Japan's second-worst nuclear accident.
2000 – Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Twelve-year-old Muhammad al-Durrah is shot and killed on the second day of the Second Intifada.
2005 – Controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in a Danish newspaper.
2009 – The 7.6 Mw  Sumatra earthquake leaves 1,115 people dead.
2016 – Hurricane Matthew becomes a Category 5 hurricane, making it the strongest hurricane to form in the Caribbean Sea since 2007.
2016 – Two paintings with a combined value of $100 million are recovered after having been stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in 2002.



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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Wednesday, September 29, 2021


Here is a truncated weather report for today. 

  COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County, September 17, 2021 [MaconMedia.com]

Due to a combination of technical difficulties and a high meeting volume, the local COVID Report will be delayed.



Law enforcment agencies are looking for Tristan Justice Davis after he eluded arrest after an attempted traffic stop and pursuit late yesterday afternoon.

Warrants for his arrest include the following charges:

• 1 Felony count of Flee to Elude Arrest
• 1 Felony count of Posession of Stolen Vehicle
• 3 Felony counts of Assault With Deadly Weapon on Government Official
• 1 Misdemeanor Resisting Public Officer

If you have information, call the Macon County CrimeStoppers Hotline is 349-2600. You can choose to remain anonymous.

For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/MaconMediaNews/posts/4388061891239914

School board votes to keep mask mandate

The school board met Monday night and voted 4-1 to keep the mask mandate in Macon County Schools. Tommy Cabe was opposed. Videos of the meeting will be posted soon.

Angel Medical Center Column for September 2021 [MaconMedia.com]



National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Friday Night


Franklin area

Today

Widespread dense fog, mainly before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Light winds out of the north.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph in the morning becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Calm winds.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 70.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s.




Otto area

Today

Widespread dense fog, mainly before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s.




Nantahala area

Today

Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northeast around 5 mph by noon.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s.


Hazards and Tropical Weather

Areas of dense fog, primarily in the vicinity of river valleys and area lakes, will locally reduce visibility to one-quarter mile or less this morning and tonight. Other than this, no hazardous weather is expected.



TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK





Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Sep 29 2021

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Sam, located several hundred miles east of the northern Leeward Islands.

1. Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with an area of low pressure located several hundred miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands continues to gradually become better organized. Environmental conditions are conducive for additional development, and a tropical depression or tropical storm is likely to form later today or tonight while the disturbance moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph over the eastern tropical Atlantic. Additional information on this system, including gale warnings, can be found in High Seas Forecasts issued by Meteo France.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...90 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent.

2. Showers and thunderstorms remain disorganized in association with a a broad and elongated area of low pressure located several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Although environmental conditions are generally conducive for development during the next day or so, interaction of this system with the low pressure area located to its east is likely to hinder development after that time. The system is forecast to drift west-northwestward over the next few days.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.

3. An area of low pressure associated with the remnants of Peter is located several hundred miles east-northeast of Bermuda. Recent satellite wind data indicate that the circulation of the low has become less defined, and shower activity remains limited. The system is moving northeastward into a region of very strong upper-level winds, and significant development of this system is no longer anticipated. Additional information on this system can be found in High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, September 2021



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COVID-19 News and Updates
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OUTLOOK

Dry high pressure will persist across the region today, with continued warming temperatures. A back door cold front will approach from the north tonight and enter the region on Wednesday before moving south of the area by late week. Another cold front may approach from the northwest by early next week, with better moisture possible.




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Local News

Local COVID-19 Numbers for September 23, 2021 [MaconMedia.com] • Towns County mourns the loss of Emmanuel "Manny" Carrion, a friend to all. [Towns Observer]

Update: Readers have let me know that there is a section missing from the public comment portion of the meeting. I will correct it with a new version as soon as I can. Thank you to all those who let me know. It may be tomorrow before I can get the video fixed due to having to prepare for and cover the Board of Health meeting tonight. --Bobby

Macon Board of Education - Sept 2021

The Macon County Board of Education voted 4-1 to keep a mask mandate in place during their regular monthly meeting for September 2021. The full video is posted below. A separate article about the meeting will be posted later today.



Macon County Participates in Oral Rabies Vaccination Program [MaconMedia.com]

Pisgah Legal recommends the NC Medicaid Ombudsman for Medicaid beneficiaries who need education, guidance and advocacy [MaconMedia.com]




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Thursday Night


Franklin area

Today

Widespread dense fog, mainly before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 80. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Widespread dense fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph early becoming calm by midmorning.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s.






Otto area

Today

Widespread dense fog, mainly before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 80. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Light winds out of the north.

Wednesday

Widespread dense fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s.




Nantahala area

Today

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Patchy dense fog, primarily in the vicinity of river valleys and area lakes, will locally reduce visibility to one-quarter mile or less this morning and tonight.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Sep 28 2021

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

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Sam, located several hundred miles east of the northern Leeward Islands.

1. A broad area of low pressure located several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions are conducive for further development, and a tropical depression is likely to form during the next day or two while the system moves westward to west-northwestward at 5 to 10 mph over the central tropical Atlantic.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent.

2. A tropical wave located over the far eastern tropical Atlantic several hundred miles southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands continues to produce a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Upper-level winds are conducive for gradual development, and a tropical depression is likely to form in a day or two while the disturbance moves westward to west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph over the far eastern tropical Atlantic.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent.

3. A well-defined low pressure area associated with the remnants of Peter is located a few hundred miles east of Bermuda. The shower and thunderstorm activity associated with this system has become less organized since early Monday. Although strong upper-level winds are likely to prevent significant development, this system could still become a short-lived tropical depression later today or tonight while it moves northeastward at about 10 mph. By Wednesday, however, conditions are expected to become unfavorable for further development.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.



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Almanac

Air Quality




Air quality is in the upper range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the upper range of green.

Fire and Smoke Map
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range (6.7 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (6.4 out of 12).


Weather Almanac for September 28th (1872-2020)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 89°F in Franklin in 1986
Lowest Temperature 29°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1947
Greatest Rainfall 3.90 inches in Franklin in 1881

Record Weather Events for September (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1964
Record weather events for this date and month in Macon County

Record Weather Events for Sept 1st in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 105°F in Goldsboro, Wayne County in 1932
Lowest Temperature 33°F in Boone, Watauga County in 1946
Greatest Rainfall 8.98 inches in Andrews, Cherokee County in 1982
Record Weather Events for September in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 109°F in Weldon, Halifax County on 09-07-1954
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Marion, McDowell County on 09-28-2000
Greatest Rainfall 18.30 inches in Southport, Brunswick County on 09-16-1999



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Macon Calendar
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)


IMAGE RED SAND PROJECT

Zonta Club of the Franklin Area Red Sand Project

The Red Sand Project will be held in front of the Macon County Courthouse in downtown Franklin on Saturday October 2 at 9 a.m. Social distancing will be practiced and masks are advised.

Come and help to draw attention to those who metaphorically “fall through the cracks” and become victims of human trafficking. Women and children are more likely to be victims; unfortunately trafficking often goes unrecognized and is far more prevalent here than most people realize. Zonta will highlight how it affects our community and our country and introduce some of the organizations here that combat it. Participants will be given red sand that they will use to fill the cracks in the sidewalk, to draw attention to those who cannot advocate for themselves.



FROG FAIR
November 6, 2021


Friends of the Greenway Fall Fundraising Event. FROG FAIR will be held November 6 from 9-3 at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main at the Town bridge. Vendor spaces are available--check our website for registration forms or stop by FROG Quarters. Make sure to mark your calendar--arts & crafts, food, & music will make it a special day. For more information, email frog28734@gmail.com.


Encastic Painting Classes

The Macon County Art Association (a not for profit member organization) is offering classes in encastic painting on Specified Fridays from 10AM-12PM at the Uptown Gallery 30 E Main St Franklin NC. Specific class dates are Friday July 9 and 23, August 3 and 27, September 3 and 17, October 29.

For more information contact the instructor, Karen Smith, at karen@programservices.org


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National News Roundup

Level1 News September 28 2021: Key For Me But Not For Thee



• Republicans Block Government Funding, Refusing to Lift Debt Limit [New York Times]

What is the debt ceiling? Why is it important? What if debt hits the ceiling? Debt Ceiling Explained



Republicans block bill to fund the government, shutdown looms



• Judge rules in Wisconsin teen’s favor after sheriff threatened jail over Covid post [The Guardian]

PBS NewsHour full episode, September 27th, 2021




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Since it looks like we may be in for a new wave of infections, here is a section on COVID-19. It will include local, regional, state, national, and global items.





COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [September 24, 2021]



See Biden get his Covid-19 booster shot while talking to the press



• Top CDC official steps aside as head of pandemic task force [Politico]

• Defeating misinformation is key in ending the pandemic. [American Medical Association]

• Lasting changes to circulating leukocytes in people with mild SARS-CoV-2 infections [MedRxiv (PDF)]

• Role of fatty liver in coronavirus disease 2019 patients’ disease severity and hospitalization length: a case–control study [European Journal of Medical Research]

• SARS-CoV-2 spike-specific memory B cells express markers of durable immunity after non-severe COVID-19 but not after severe disease [BioRxiv (PDF)]

President Biden Delivers Remarks on the COVID-19 Response and the Vaccination Program



09/24/21: Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials




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On This Day

September 28th is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 94 days remain until the end of the year.



Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)



48 BC – Pompey disembarks at Pelusium upon arriving in Egypt, whereupon he is assassinated by order of King Ptolemy XIII.
235 – Pope Pontian resigns. He is exiled to the mines of Sardinia, along with Hippolytus of Rome.
351 – Constantius II defeats the usurper Magnentius.
365 – Roman usurper Procopius bribes two legions passing by Constantinople, and proclaims himself emperor.
935 – Duke Wenceslaus I of Bohemia is murdered by a group of nobles led by his brother Boleslaus I, who succeeds him.
995 – Boleslaus II, Duke of Bohemia, kills most members of the rival Slavník dynasty.
1066 – William the Conqueror lands in England, beginning the Norman conquest.
1106 – King Henry I of England defeats his brother Robert Curthose at the Battle of Tinchebray.
1238 – King James I of Aragon conquers Valencia from the Moors. Shortly thereafter, he proclaims himself king of Valencia.
1322 – Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor, defeats Frederick I of Austria in the Battle of Mühldorf.
1538 – Ottoman–Venetian War: The Ottoman Navy scores a decisive victory over a Holy League fleet in the Battle of Preveza.
1542 – Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo of Portugal arrives at what is now San Diego, California. He is the first European in California.
1779 – American Revolution: Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay.
1781 – American Revolution: American forces backed by a French fleet begin the siege of Yorktown.
1787 – The Congress of the Confederation votes to send the newly written United States Constitution to the state legislatures for approval.
1821 – The Declaration of Independence of the Mexican Empire is drafted. It will be made public on 13 October.
1844 – Oscar I of Sweden–Norway is crowned king of Sweden.
1867 – Toronto becomes the capital of Ontario, having also been the capital of Ontario's predecessors since 1796.
1868 – The Battle of Alcolea causes Queen Isabella II of Spain to flee to France.
1871 – The Brazilian Parliament passes a law that frees all children thereafter born to slaves, and all government-owned slaves.
1889 – The General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) defines the length of a meter.
1892 – The first night game for American football takes place in a contest between Wyoming Seminary and Mansfield State Normal.
1893 – Foundation of the Portuguese football club FC Porto.
1901 – Philippine–American War: Filipino guerrillas kill more than forty American soldiers while losing 28 of their own.
1912 – The Ulster Covenant is signed by some 500,000 Ulster Protestant Unionists in opposition to the Third Irish Home Rule Bill.
1912 – Corporal Frank S. Scott of the United States Army becomes the first enlisted man to die in an airplane crash.
1918 – World War I: The Fifth Battle of Ypres begins.
1919 – Race riots begin in Omaha, Nebraska.
1924 – The first aerial circumnavigation is completed by a team from the US Army.
1928 – Alexander Fleming notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory, discovering what later became known as penicillin.
1939 – World War II: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agree on a division of Poland.
1939 – World War II: The siege of Warsaw comes to an end.
1941 – World War II: The Drama uprising against the Bulgarian occupation in northern Greece begins.
1941 – Ted Williams achieves a .406 batting average for the season, and becomes the last major league baseball player to bat .400 or better.
1944 – World War II: Soviet Army troops liberate Klooga concentration camp in Estonia.
1951 – CBS makes the first color televisions available for sale to the general public, but the product is discontinued less than a month later.
1961 – A military coup in Damascus effectively ends the United Arab Republic, the union between Egypt and Syria.
1970 – Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser dies of a heart attack in Cairo.
1973 – The ITT Building in New York City is bombed in protest at ITT's alleged involvement in the coup d'état in Chile.
1975 – The Spaghetti House siege, in which nine people are taken hostage, takes place in London.
1986 – The Democratic Progressive Party becomes the first opposition party in Taiwan.
1992 – A Pakistan International Airlines flight crashes into a hill in Nepal, killing all 167 passengers and crew.
1994 – The cruise ferry MS Estonia sinks in the Baltic Sea, killing 852 people.
1995 – Bob Denard and a group of mercenaries take the islands of the Comoros in a coup.
1995 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat sign the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
2000 – Al-Aqsa Intifada: Ariel Sharon visits Al-Aqsa Mosque known to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
2008 – Falcon 1 becomes the first privately developed liquid-fuel ground-launched vehicle to put a payload into orbit.
2008 – The Singapore Grand Prix is held as Formula One's inaugural night race, with Fernando Alonso winning the event. Almost a year later it was revealed that Alonso's team-mate Nelson Piquet Jr. had been ordered to crash his car to help bring out the safety car and give Alonso the advantage and win.
2009 – The military junta leading Guinea attacks a protest rally, killing or wounding 1,400 people.
2012 – Somali and African Union forces launch a coordinated assault on the Somali port of Kismayo to take back the city from al-Shabaab militants.
2014 – The 2014 Hong Kong protests begin in response to restrictive political reforms imposed by the NPC in Beijing.
2016 – The 2016 South Australian blackout occurs, lasting up to three days in some areas.
2018 – The 7.5 Mw 2018 Sulawesi earthquake, which triggered a large tsunami, leaves 4,340 dead and 10,679 injured.
2020 – Sixteen killed from carbon monoxide poisoning in China’s southwestern city of Chongqing coal mine.



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