Photo/Tom Pantaleo - Franklin’s Andrew Moore knocks the ball loose from Erwin’s Caleb Burton during Friday’s home game. Moore scored six points in the 78-58 loss.
Press photo/Linda Mathias - One-year-old Owen Stamey looks like he’s not sure what to make of this jolly old elf who visited Franklin’s Winter Wonderland celebration Saturday night.
Photo/Tom Pantaleo - Franklin junior Sam Hoyle gets fouled by Erwin’s Omarri Stover during the first half of Friday’s home game. Hoyle took 11 foul shots, making five, and scored 10 points in helping the Panthers beat the Warriors. Erwin lost only two games last year.
Press photo/Ryan Hanchett - A swift-water search team from Asheville gets ready to search the Little Tennessee River on Friday.
Press photo/Tim Reaves - The bridge that carries East Main Street over the Little Tennessee River will be replaced in a project that is expected to take more than a year.
Press photo/Andy Scheidler - Franklin’s girls basketball team opened the season Wednesday with a 48-45 win at Robbinsville. The Panthers will host Erwin Friday. Front row, from left: Sydney Rowland, Payton Burrell, Lexi Taro, Audra Cloer, Ashlyn Watts. Back row: Misty Kimbrough, Rebekah Zoellner, Heidi Shope, LesLeigh Tabor, Macie Bodenheimer, Sam Hoyle, Taylor Carlton.

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Press photo/Linda Mathias - One-year-old Owen Stamey looks like he’s not sure what to make of this jolly old elf who visited Franklin’s Winter Wonderland celebration Saturday night.

The smell of gingerbread was strong at multiple holiday events during the past weekend.

Press photo/Ryan Hanchett - A swift-water search team from Asheville gets ready to search the Little Tennessee River on Friday.

A swift-water search and recovery team from the Asheville Fire Department spent Friday in Macon County scouring the Little Tennessee River for a weapon used in an alleged homicide.

Some business owners say Main Street is short on parking, because the people who live and work there are taking too many spaces.

Sports

Photo/Tom Pantaleo - Franklin’s Andrew Moore knocks the ball loose from Erwin’s Caleb Burton during Friday’s home game. Moore scored six points in the 78-58 loss.

The second half has proved fortuitous and torturous in two games for Franklin’s boys basketball team.

Photo/Tom Pantaleo - Franklin junior Sam Hoyle gets fouled by Erwin’s Omarri Stover during the first half of Friday’s home game. Hoyle took 11 foul shots, making five, and scored 10 points in helping the Panthers beat the Warriors. Erwin lost only two games last year.

As the horn sounded, Franklin coach Scott Hartbarger clenched the fingers in his right hand and pumped his fist.

Press photo/Andy Scheidler - Franklin’s girls basketball team opened the season Wednesday with a 48-45 win at Robbinsville. The Panthers will host Erwin Friday. Front row, from left: Sydney Rowland, Payton Burrell, Lexi Taro, Audra Cloer, Ashlyn Watts. Back row: Misty Kimbrough, Rebekah Zoellner, Heidi Shope, LesLeigh Tabor, Macie Bodenheimer, Sam Hoyle, Taylor Carlton.

Speed and quickness are what Franklin’s girls basketball team will rely heavily upon to win games this season.

Obituaries

Robert “Bob” Duane Crume, 85, passed away Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. A military graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 at the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Betty Lee Kerr, 78, passed away Nov. 29, 2016 in Asheville. A graveside service for Mrs. Kerr was held Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 at the Aqone Baptist Church Cemetery in Nantahala, NC.

Weldon B. “Bobby” Kerr, 82, passed away Nov. 20, 2016 in Franklin. A graveside service for Mr. Kerr was held Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 at the Aqone Baptist Church Cemetery in Nantahala.

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