Photo submitted - Sally Louise English
Press photo/Linda Mathias - Bagpipes rang out in celebration of Scottish heritage during the Taste of Scotland festival’s annual parade. The 2018 Honored Clan was Clan Buchanan.
Photo submitted - Jack Johnston talks with participants in last year’s Stewartia hike about the elusive Mountain Camellia flower.
Photo submitted - Gold Star Teen Adventures brings children of military personnel who died in the line of duty to Western North Carolina each summer for a week of hiking, kayaking and outdoor skills training.
Press photo/Carter Giegerich - Construction is underway at the Franklin water treatment plant expansion. The project is expected to be completed by December of this year.
Photo submitted - Six Macon County fire departments improved their fire protection class ratings during the 2018 inspection cycle, which will likely lead to lower homeowner’s insurance costs for residents of those fire districts.

News Stories

Press photo/Ryan Hanchett - Mike Holden recently exhibited his wooden works of art at The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands. Holden plans to expand his woodworking business, AWC Woods, to include a larger shop and a toy store in Franklin.

The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts has housed rare and valuable sculptures during its 35 years as Macon County’s premier art venue.

Stroke patient Lucille McClure (right), seen here with her husband, Richard, and Angel Medical Center’s Stroke Ready team leader Cara Smith, was initially transported to AMC when she had a stroke on Oct. 24, 2017.

Last October, Lucille McClure awoke to dizziness and an uncomfortable floating feeling in her limbs before she even got out of bed. Right away, she knew something was wrong.

Franklin Tubular

The building may be the same size, but business is growing at Franklin Tubular Products.


Press photo/Tom Pantaleo - Franklin shortstop Paige Norton attempts to secure a throw at second during this past weekend’s state championship series.

Despite multiple, frustrating weather delays and not coming up with hits in crucial moments, players on Franklin’s softball team enjoyed the experience of competing at the highest level.

Press photo/Tom Pantaleo - Franklin’s Haeli Bryson appears to slide safely into third base, going out wide to avoid the tag from South Granville third baseman Ally Goss. However, an umpire called Bryson out, much to the displeasure of Franklin fans. It was Franklin’s first out in Game 2, and the Panthers had two runners on base at the time.

Franklin and South Granville played a combined 19 innings in two games during the 2-A NCHSAA Softball Championship.

Press photo/Tom Pantaleo - Franklin players celebrate after Taylor Carlton (20) hit a home run to take the lead in last weekend’s regional championship game at Macon Middle School.

Before the season started in March, Franklin’s softball team set goals. Lofty goals, in fact.

• Win the Mountain Six Conference; check

• Go undefeated in the regular season; check


Dorothie Garrett

HIGHLANDS - Dorothie Garrett, 98, passed away April 4 in her Winter Haven, Florida, home surrounded by family and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas G. Garrett.

HIGHLANDS - Willard H. Garland, 78, of Highlands, NC passed away June 18, 2018.

FRANKLIN - Wilda Varner Bryson, 93, of 181 Belleview Road died Saturday, June 16, 2018 after a period of declining health. A native of Swain County, Mrs.

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