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Macon County's CareNetwork (CareNet) is upgrading its food pantry to give its clients more options when it comes to shopping. Instead of boxing up clients' monthly pantry items and giving them pre-selected items each month, CareNet is in the process of implementing a client choice option that allows visitors to shop through the pantry once a month for items they need.

"We’re excited about our new manner with which we can serve families, here in Macon County, with a more personable approach," said Shaina Adkins, executive director of CareNet."That said, the CareNet Client Choice Pantry provides families with an opportunity to choose the foods they would eat and like to provide for their family."

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Major league ballparks across the country opened on Monday as baseball season was officially kicked off. It won't be long before Macon County's own ball fields will have the greenest grasses, the smoothest baselines, and perfectly sculpted mounds ready for pitchers of all ages to take the stage at the Parker Meadows recreation complex.

With stadium lights being hoisted up, all underground electric work completed, and the pump house updated, ball players in Macon County are expected to have their gloves in the dirt by summer.

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Various town government departments submit monthly reports to the town of Franklin Board of Aldermen. The board receives the reports as part of their monthly agenda packet. The information details the works of the town and different departments in Franklin.

Franklin Police Department
The police department responded to 827 calls from Feb. 24, until March 30. Of the 141 reports filed, 44 were accidents, 32 were arrests, and 71 were incident/ investigations. Enforcement actions during the time period included 32 arrests, 72 citations, 35 criminal papers obtained, and 24 warning citations.

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The clock is ticking for the 2015 elections, with just three months left before the filing period opens in Macon County. Both the town of Franklin and the town of Highlands have several seats up for election, with filing for either board opening at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 6, and running until noon on Friday, July 17.

In Franklin, four seats are open and includes three aldermen positions and the office of mayor. The aldermen up for election include Verlin Curtis, Farrell Jamison, and Joyce Handley. When asked via email if they had made plans to run for re-election, Handley stated that she had not yet made a decision. Curtis and Farrell did not respond.

Mayor Bob Scott, who is currently serving his first term, was affirmative in his plans to once again seek office, citing more work needing to be done.

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