Community Calendar for May 28, 2020

Franklin N.C. Town Hall photo by Vickie Carpenter

All A.A. meetings in the greater Franklin area including Otto have been suspended until further notice. To speak with a member of A.A. call 828 349-4357 or 828 837-4440 or visit

Swain County Genealogical Historical Society has been cancelled. Friday, May 22, was the last day for meal delivery throughout the Macon County school district. Meals will be available for pickup only beginning Tuesday, May 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the following locations: South Macon Elementary School, Mountain View Intermediate School, Iotla Valley Elementary School, Franklin High School, Nantahala School and Highlands School. Meals will not be available on Saturdays or Sundays. This meal service is free for any child 18 years old and younger. For more information, contact School Nutrition Director David Lightner at (828)524-3314 ext. 1010 or

Wayah Street will be closed to all through traffic from the intersection of Wayah Street and US 441 Bus. to the intersection of Wayah Street and Depot St. The closure to all through traffic on this section of Wayah St. is necessary in order to construct the new round-a-bout at the intersection of Wayah St. and US 441 Bus. They anticipate re-opening Wayah St. to through traffic no later than August 24, 2020. The detour routes for local traffic east bound will be to continue US 441 Bus. North to the intersection of US 441 Bus. North and East Palmer St. Turn right on East Palmer St. and 441 Bus. North then continue to the intersection of US 441 Bus. North and Depot St. Turn right on Depot St. and continue to the roundabout. The detour routes for local traffic West bound will be to turn North on Depot St. then left on US 441 Bus. South to the intersection of US 441 Bus. South and Wayah St. Road closure barricades will be place on Wayah St. and the intersection of Wayah St. and US 441 Bus. and at the intersection of Wayah St. and Depot St.  For more information, call Ronald Woods or Jacob Dockery at (828)321-5061.

American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Discover Church, 47 Macon Center Drive. Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling (800)733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving and are required to wear a face covering or mask, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.  The Red Cross is also looking for blood drive hosts to help ensure a stable blood supply. Learn more and sign up to sponsor a drive by visiting

Franklin Covenant Church Curbside Food Pantry will be held on  Saturday May 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. , 265 Belleview Park Rd.  For everyone’s safety please remain in your vehicle.

NC Pre-K program through Macon County Schools is now taking applications for the 2020-2021 school year. A child is eligible for NC PreK if they turned four on or before August 31 of the program year (2020), but is not yet five years of age and the family meets income guidelines.  Anyone who is interested in applying for a NC Pre-K spot or has questions on eligibility requirements, contact Valerie Norton ASAP at (828)524-3314 ext. 1041.

Uptown Gallery on Main Street new hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter Telephone Support Group for Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia is designed to provide caregivers opportunities for sharing, education, and support through a telephone conference. Support group participants and a support group facilitator connect each month for one-hour confidential sessions. For more information, call (800)272-3900.

Franklin Covenant Church has a grocery delivery service for anyone at higher risk for COVID-19. If you are unable to leave home to get the supplies you need due to sickness, disability or age, please contact us for more details. The only cost to you would be the items you order, there is no delivery charge.

Nantahala Hiking Club Hikes have been canceled until further notice. 

Taste of Scotland and Celtic Festival scheduled for June 19 and 20 has been cancelled. The next Taste of Scotland is scheduled for June 18 through 20, 2021.

Volunteer drivers needed at Macon County Senior Services. Mileage will be reimbursed. For more information, call (828) 349-0211.

Macon County CareNet is in need of volunteers. Positions open are food pantry, soup kitchen and file room. If interested stop by for an application at 130 Bidwell St., or call (828)369-2642.

Volunteer at Angel Medical Center Enjoy the reward of making someone else’s day brighter by sharing your talents and time. Become a volunteer at Angel Medical Center. Volunteers serve in a variety of roles such as mail and flower delivery, guest service, information desk assistance, student volunteer programs, pet therapy, chaplain, administrative support and more. For more information, call (828)349-6639 or email

CareNet on Bidwell St. is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where folks can drive up and get a box of food. No paperwork; no questions asked. Backpacks are delivered to the schools on Fridays and the bus drivers take the regular lunch and also the backpacks to the families on their Friday deliveries.

Five Fire Departments in Macon County – Nantahala, Cullasaja, Sky Valley, Clarks Chapel, and Burningtown – are open Monday thru Fridays for drive up deliveries from 1 to 4 p.m. for anyone who needs food. The fire departments and CareNet have plenty of food and MANNA is making deliveries from Asheville twice a month.  No one should be going hungry; the food is plentiful.