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The Franklin town board's agenda always contains a variety of topics to tackle, and during the August board meeting, that certainly stood true. From new cell tower proposals, to notice of delayed tax bills, the town of Franklin spent more than an hour on Monday night tackling the monthly agenda.

Town votes 4-1 to annex Lowery Lane property

In March, property owner Henry Te approached the Franklin Board of Aldermen to annex property at 44 Lowery Lane, off Georgia Road, which is part of the Longview Subdivision. Te's plan would be to work with a company to have the property developed into a convenience store and gas station with the possibility of constructing a restaurant as well. A state law held up the project because according to the law, town officials cannot annex the property because portions of the property are located within a subdivision.

The town worked with Senator Jim Davis to pass legislation that would exempt the town from following the requirement since the subdivision in question has been inactive for some time. In June, Franklin's town clerk informed the board that the legislature had granted the exemption.

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On Friday, July 24, agents of the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office, the Macon County, Sheriff’s Office, and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation took action in an ongoing methamphetamine trafficking investigation.

Agents executed three search warrants in North Carolina which resulted in the seizure of approximately 11.5 ounces of crystal methamphetamine (street value of $32,890).

These arrests were the result of an extensive investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

 

 

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For kids at Summer Edventure Camp, Fridays means learning and building in woodworking class. Otto resident Paul Chew is the instructor and has a lifelong affinity for working with wood.

For more than 30 years, Chew has been helping children enjoy woodworking. It began when his church started a program called Nifty Gifty for Christmas. Parents helped children make gifts to give away each Christmas.

“Nifty Gifty challenged me to come up with a new idea each year and to design the projects so even the littlest kids could be successful,” said Chew.

His background in teaching middle and high school industrial arts or “shop” came in handy.

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Three seats are up for grabs this November, when voters are expected to head to the polls to elect new members of the Franklin Board of Aldermen. Two out of the three incumbents on the board, Verlin Curtis and Joyce Handley, filed for reelection, while Farrell Jamison, who has served on the board since 2011 did not file for office. Jamison was appointed to the board in February 2011 after the passing of Alderman Jerry Evans.

Incumbents Curtis and Handley will have some competition this year, as four newcomers added their names to the ballot. Brandon McMahan filed for alderman for the first time and joins Angela Moore and Adam Kimsey, who both filed for the open seats last election. Former Mayor Joe Collins also filed for election, but instead of mayor, Collins filed for one of the open alderman seats.

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