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Across North Carolina Monday morning, newly-elected government officials took their Oaths of Office. Macon County’s ceremonies kicked off Monday morning at the courthouse with the swearing in of Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland. Holland, who will be serving his fourth term as sheriff, was sworn in with the help of his wife Marci, and their two children.

"I'm honored to be given the opportunity by the citizens of Macon County to continue serving as Sheriff. The only guarantee I will make to the citizens of Macon County is that they will continue to get the very best of all of us at the MCSO and we will remain committed to making a difference. I am proud of our accomplishments during my 12 years as sheriff but I realize there is still more work to be done..."

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Legitimacy of organizations top list of concerns.

On Monday night the Franklin Board of Aldermen held its monthly meeting at Town Hall. With a short agenda and no one signed up to participate in the public session, the board members got down to business and quickly moved through the items of discussion.

Town attorney John Henning Jr. addressed the possibility of passing an ordinance that would regulate the actions of solicitors that function in the roadways and intersections around town. For at least a couple of years now, there has been concern from citizens and town officials alike about the presence of various groups collecting money from motorists in Franklin.

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Earlier this month, the United States Forest Service released a proposed management plan that includes opening up 700,000 acres of the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forests for timber management.

By designating the additional forest service lands for timber management, the door would be open for additional logging as well as other gaming and recreational opportunities.

The plan has drawn both opposition and support, with the Macon County Commissioners proclaiming their support of the endeavor. Earlier this year, the Board of Commissioners voted to pass a resolution against designating additional areas of the Nantahala National Forest as wilderness areas.

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Over the last few months, Drake Enterprises has organized card creating events to help generate holiday cards for the American Red Cross’ Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

From having a booth at PumpkinFest, to partnering with Franklin-area schools, and even getting Drake employees in on the fun, Drake Enterprises has worked with the community for months to create fun, festive cards of thanks and support to be sent to members of the military for the holidays.

The cards, which will be sent to service members, veterans, and military members recovering in the hospital, will be sent during the holidays in hopes of providing a little bit of joy for our men and women in the military.

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