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VA Medical Center updates visiting policy for Western North Carolina locations

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — The Western North Carolina VA Health Care System has updated its companion/caregiver visiting policy. As of Friday, June 24, 2022, facemasks will again be required on the grounds of Charles George VA Medical Center and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Rutherford County, Hickory and Franklin. Additionally, children under the age of 16 are not permitted at this time.
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Arrests for June 23, 2022

The Macon County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin Police Department or Jackson County Sheriff’s Department made the following arrests June 12 – 20. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Macon County Sheriff’s Department. June 13. Samantha Katurah Phillips, was charged with fugitive...

Animal Rescue Center planning expansion, walking trail

The Appalachian Animal Rescue Center in Franklin is gearing up for expansion with the first, a quarter mile walking trail meandering through the center’s property, set to begin construction on July 11. “We have four acres around the facility that we want to take advantage of,” said AARC board...

Macon County Senior Services observes Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Macon County Senior Services commemorated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by hosting a World Elder Abuse Awareness Walk. On Wednesday, June 15, approximately 55 Maconians walked around downtown Franklin in an effort to raise awareness of elder abuse. The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World...
Smoky Mountain News

Clampitt bill would establish TDA for Bryson City

A long-simmering feud between city and county governments over TDA revenue will finally be settled, if a bill entered by Rep. Mike Clampitt (R-Swain) can make it through the General Assembly. “There’s been a real lack of cooperation between Bryson City, Swain County, and the county TDA,” Clampitt said. “There...

Obituaries for June 23, 3033

Cheryl Walker Smoot, 79, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2022. She was born March 9, 1943, in Chicago, Ill., to the late Walter Walker and Hattie Larbecki Walker. She has spent the past 20 years in Franklin, N.C., and previously was employed by Walmart in Franklin. She loved going to thrift shops and thought of the Goodwill employees as her family. She was of the Catholic faith.
Smoky Mountain News

Americana, indie at Lazy Hiker

The Maggie Valley Band will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, June 24, at the Lazy Hiker Brewing taproom in Sylva. The group will also play at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Lazy Hiker Brewing in Franklin. A blend of old-time mountain, Americana and psychedelic folk music, the Haywood County...

Alton Prather

Alton Prather, 79 of the Atoah community, no longer resides at 979 I U Gap Road in Robbinsville, N.C. He had a change of address Sunday, June 12, 2022. He is now residing in a mansion on the Streets of Gold by the banks of the River Jordan. Alton was...
Smoky Mountain News

MCSO affidavits offer strange and heinous details of alleged kidnapping, homicide

A man currently in jail on charges of kidnapping and assault may soon be charged with murder if search warrants related to the case are any indication. Probable cause affidavits for the warrants, signed by several different judges on different dates over the last four weeks, form a narrative that plays out over several days and details multiple kidnappings, as well as murder and the subsequent burning of a corpse — all predicated on one man’s delusional belief his girlfriend had been murdered.

Joseph Leo Price II

Joseph Leo Price II, 38, of Hayesville, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2022 at his residence. Born July 30, 1983 in Statesboro, Ga. to Carolyn Sue Price, of Hayesville, and the late Joseph Leo Price…
Smoky Mountain News

‘An Appalachian Evening’

The “An Appalachian Evening” series will return to the Stecoah Valley Center in Robbinsville. The annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, the series continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.
Smoky Mountain Times

Heat wave in the middle of June

Just like the song Heat Waves by Glass Animals says, “heat waves been faking me out,” has been making it feel more like late July or August than the middle of June in Swain County. According to the National Weather Service, for the Asheville area, this week’s record high set on June 22, 1964, of 94º F was forecasted to be tied in Bryson City where temperatures were expected to reach a high of 94º F on Wednesday, June 22. The average high for the month of June in Bryson City is 80.3º F, making the temperatures over 10 degrees higher than the average this week.
Cherokee Scout

Linda Faye Ledford

Linda Faye Ledford, 81, of Murphy, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2022, at her residence. She was a native and lifetime resident of Cherokee County. She most recently worked as a teacher’s aide with special needs children at Southwestern Child Development. She was a devoted member of Pleasant Hill...