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The workgroup tasked with drafting an ordinance regulating slope development in Macon County has completed the technical content of the proposed statute. At a meeting last Thursday, members of the workgroup presented the proposed ordinance to the county planning board, which will now review the document before sending it on to the county’s board of commissioners for consideration.

The workgroup, a sub-committee of the planning board, has been studying the issue of slope development regulation for almost two years. After a joint meeting in February, commissioners directed the planning board to make drafting the ordinance one of the top priorities for the year.


Superior Court Judge Phil Ginn handed down his sentence for a Franklin man who lost control of his truck and drove off a road last October, killing 19-year-old Parker Mathis and seriously injuring Jesse Welch, 23.

Donald Thomas Courtney, 20, of Hidden Valley Road pled guilty to one felony count of death by vehicle, one felony count of serious injury by vehicle and one misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired.

Courtney was sentenced to serve 20 months of incarceration in a North Carolina Department of Corrections facility for his injury by vehicle charge. Courtney received a suspended sentence of three years of supervised probation for the charge stemming from Mathis’ death and must serve two days in the Macon County Jail for five consecutive years on the anniversary of Mathis’ death.


SBI director says Feds should continue to help N.C. law enforcement clean meth sites

Federal funding for toxic chemical clean-ups should continue across North Carolina or local governments could face the job alone, SBI Director Greg McLeod said recently.

In February the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration notified law enforcement in North Carolina and across the country that it would no longer pay for hazardous waste clean-up at methamphetamine sites as it has for more than 10 years. Since February, the State Bureau of Investigation has covered the costs, but within days that funding will be exhausted.


It’s official — Macon County tourism promoters have approved funding for a smart-phone application or “app” that will promote area businesses, events and attractions.

At its May 19 meeting, the Franklin/Nantahala Tourism Development Commission (TDC) reaffirmed their vote to approve investing in the mobile phone program jointly with Franklin’s Tourism Development Authority (TDA).

After several months of deliberations, both boards, funded by county and town occupancy tax receipts, have agreed to pay $5,500 each to fund the endeavor, at a total cost of $11,000.



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