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In attempt to improve efficiency, the county's Animal Control department will be moved under the administrative control of the Macon County Public Health Department.

"Over the past few months, I have put a lot of thought and deliberation into possible ways for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of Macon County's Animal Control," said County Manager Derek Roland. "I feel the employees in this department do an excellent job serving the citizens of Macon County. At the same time however, I am confident that a change in departmental structure will result in a higher level of public service."

With Roland's recommendation, commissioners unanimously voted to move animal control to the health department where it will be overseen by Dr. Jimmy Villiard, a licensed veterinarian and public health employee.


For the first time in the program's history, the Macon County Community Funding Pool allocation was increased from $50,000 to $75,000, allowing more non-profits in the community to apply for grants for the year.

The Community Funding Pool (CFP) was established to help the Macon County Board of Commissioners allocate tax-generated funds to local non-profits in a fair and efficient way. The CFP Task Force is comprised of citizens chosen by the board of commissioners to consider applications and make recommendations to the board, who make final funding decisions.

The Community Funding Pool received 20 applications from 19 agencies which totaled $123,909. The requests in 2015 were up from 2014 when 15 agencies applied for funding, with a total requested amount of $94,500.


Marcos Lopez may have returned to Mexico.

Macon County law enforcement are asking the public help locate Marcos Lopez, also known as Marcos De La Cruz Lopez, 51, who is wanted for multiple sex crimes against children.

Over the weekend, the Highlands Police Department released a photo and description in hopes the public can help determine his current whereabouts.

The Highlands Police began investigating allegations against Lopez in the last few weeks and during the investigation, Lopez disappeared.


With a unanimous vote, Macon County Commissioners took the first step needed to display "In God We Trust," the national motto of the United States, on county-owned property.

Macon County attorney Chester Jones read a resolution that would pave the way for the motto to be displayed in Macon County:

"'In God We Trust' became the United States national motto on July 30, 1956, shortly after our nation led the world through the trauma of World War II; and whereas, the words have been used on United States currency since 1864; and whereas, the same inspiring slogan is engraved above the entrance to the Senate Chamber as well as above the Speaker's dais in the House of Representatives; and whereas, in both war and peace, these words have been a profound source of strength and guidance to many generations of Americans; and whereas, the county desires to display this patriotic motto in a way to solemnize public occasions and express confidence in our society. Now, therefore, upon a Motion by Commissioner Gary Shields and seconded by Commissioner Paul Higdon, and duly approved, be it hereby resolved by the Macon County Board of Commissioners as follows: Resolved, that Macon County does hereby determine that the historic and patriotic words of our national motto, 'In God We Trust,' shall be permanently and prominently displayed on the courthouse at Macon County, North Carolina and to remain there in perpetuity."


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