Photo submitted - Franklin’s junior varsity girls proved they are No. 1 after winning the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference basketball tournament on Thursday, Feb. 16. Front row, from left: Ashley Lamb, Charlotte Field, Bristol Brooks, Megan Tippett. Middle row: Chelsea McGuire, Emily Lamb, Courtney Tippett, Keirston Cochran, Samantha McGaha, Paige Norton, coach Bekah Brooks. Back row: Savannah Parker, Madison Tallent, Maitlyn Rewis, Brooke Rogers, Shayla Davis, Audi Wallace.
Photo submitted - Firefighters battle a blaze as smoke pours from this house in Clarks Chapel.
Photo submitted - LesLeigh Tabor is becoming very familiar with the center podium spot at NCHSAA championships.
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Photo submitted - The FHS Panther Sound winter band performs its show during a competition at Rock Hill High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on Saturday.
Press photo/Ryan Hanchett - Informal bids for the renovation came in at over $500,000, which requires the county to put the project out for formal bids.

News Stories

Photo submitted - The FHS Panther Sound winter band performs its show during a competition at Rock Hill High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on Saturday.

Marching band isn’t just for the fall anymore.

Photo submitted - Firefighters battle a blaze as smoke pours from this house in Clarks Chapel.

Fire tore through a residence on Bingham Road in the Clarks Chapel community on Monday afternoon and led to extensive damage.

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The doors at the Macon County Public Library are being swung open more often each day than ever before according to a library usage report presented to the county board of commissioners.

Sports

Photo submitted - Franklin’s junior varsity girls proved they are No. 1 after winning the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference basketball tournament on Thursday, Feb. 16. Front row, from left: Ashley Lamb, Charlotte Field, Bristol Brooks, Megan Tippett. Middle row: Chelsea McGuire, Emily Lamb, Courtney Tippett, Keirston Cochran, Samantha McGaha, Paige Norton, coach Bekah Brooks. Back row: Savannah Parker, Madison Tallent, Maitlyn Rewis, Brooke Rogers, Shayla Davis, Audi Wallace.

The nerves were high and the adrenaline was pumping as the conference championship was on the line.

Photo submitted - LesLeigh Tabor is becoming very familiar with the center podium spot at NCHSAA championships.

Before games and important track and field meets, LesLeigh Tabor gets the hiccups. When her father was sick and on medicine, he would get the hiccups for weeks.

Photo/Tom Pantaleo - Franklin’s Turner Swafford reaches for a loose ball during a home game earlier this season. The Panthers lost at Tuscola last week in the first round of the conference tournament. Based on their regular-season record, it was probably their final game of the season.

Playing Tuscola a third time this season produced the same result. Franklin’s boys basketball team lost 91-86 in the first round of the 2-A WNC Athletic Conference tournament. 

Obituaries

Hilda Cowart‑White, 67, of Monroe, Louisiana, formerly of Franklin, passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.

Charles “Chuck” William Parlier

Charles “Chuck” William Parlier, 81, of Rogers, Arkansas, passed away at home on Feb. 6, 2017 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. 

Robert W. Schneider

Robert W. Schneider, of Franklin, passed away Feb. 8, 2017.

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