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Each year, organizations across North Carolina team up with Safe Kids and the Department of Justice for drug takeback events to properly dispose of unused and unwanted medication.

Locally, the Macon County Sheriff's Department, along with both the Franklin and Highlands Police Departments work together throughout the year for Operation Pill Crusher. Through events that coincide with the state's Operation Medicine Drop, as well as each law enforcement agency having permanent medication drop boxes, Macon County officials work year round to keep unwanted medicines off the streets.

Last Saturday, the Macon County Sheriff's Department collected 18,286 pills during its annual spring drug take-back event. Since October 2014, through similar events as well as their permanent drop box, the sheriff's department has collected 90,462 pills.


Harry Taylor continues his Vietnam veteran series.

Nathan B. “Nat” Henry has a bridge named for him on Highway 441 heading toward downtown Franklin. How do you happen to have a bridge named for you? Actually, it is quite simple. As a young man, Nat Henry was drafted by the United States Army, and went off to war in Vietnam. During the course of his tour, he managed to amass two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and a pot-load of other medals and citations. He also survived almost six years as a Prisoner of War of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA). It sounds like more than enough reasons for him to have a bridge with his name on it.


Franklin Police Department Officers met with citizens on Tuesday morning for the second "Coffee with a Cop." The community relations initiative gives citizens the opportunity to sit down and talk with officers about concerns in the community.

Dave Linn, who works with local non-profits to put on fundraising events in Franklin, took advantage of Coffee with a Cop Tuesday morning to get some insight into the upcoming Braveheart 5K/Rob Roy Fun Run.


Every year, Western Mountains Reading Council (WMRC) participates with the North Carolina Reading Association to sponsor the Young Author Writing Project. WMRC is allowed to send in 20 of Macon County’s best local entries. The theme of this year's contest was “Dare to Dream.” Last Thursday, both local and state winners were recognized over a spaghetti dinner at Angel Medical Center's cafeteria. The WMRC President Denise West and Diane Cotton, WMRC Young Authors Chairperson, presented the honors.

Brittany Kohlman receives her trophy for the highest honor for her submission of “Inanimate Object with a Dream.” Brittney is a 4th grader at East Franklin Elementary in Joan Yokel’s room. Her entry received the Western Mountain Reading Council honor of being submitted to the North Carolina Reading Association at the WMRC Council Choice Award.



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