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Undercover investigation went on for many months.

Topton, N.C. may be in the far reaches of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction but that doesn't mean they don’t keep an eye on the happenings there. That was proven when the Narcotics Unit carried out operations last Friday, Oct. 3, that resulted in a large-scale drug bust and four arrests.

Topton is located just beyond Nantahala and just short of Andrews, N.C. Topton is an unincorporated community and a small one at that. Sheriff Robbie Holland says that the size is one of the things that makes a drug sting operation difficult.

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Forest Avenue residents appreciate cleanup effort.

Rezoning areas in the town limits or those that are located inside the Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) can be a drawn out process. Once a petition for rezoning is submitted and the Land Use Administrator reviews the details, the Board of Aldermen must vote to allow the town's planning board to take a look at the request, then the public — those who are affected by the change must be given the chance to speak against or for the change — and only then can the board decide if a parcel will be rezoned. Franklin's Board of Aldermen recently took up two rezoning petitions at its latest meeting.

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Ten local nonprofits share a total of $40,000.

On Monday night the Town of Franklin's Board of Aldermen continued its meeting from Sept. 2 to address the community funding pool allotment that would be awarded to community organizations. In all, the town had $40,000 to disperse and a total of nine applicants made requests that totaled $45,500.

A change was made to the Franklin Garden Club's request. Instead of funds coming from the funding pool, those funds will come from the town's beautification fund. The reason being that the Franklin Garden Club is not a certified nonprofit as required.

After the change was made, the town was left with $43,000 in total requests. The aldermen were tasked with making adjustments to what was awarded. The Macon County Public Library's request was cut in half because the Reading Rover program provides service to places beyond Franklin. In an attempt to remain fair, a total of $67.50 was subtracted from all of the remaining requests.

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Former DAR Regent delves into her family ancestry.

When Eleanor Kraus decided to relocate to Franklin a number of years ago, she had no way to foresee the convoluted journey upon which she was about to embark. She was leaving her native home of Greenville, S.C., and moving to Franklin to marry Bob Kraus and to make a life in the mountains. Yet, this was only the beginning of her trek. It was much more than moving furniture and personal belongings. She was embarking on an adventure into herself and her ancestry, a journey that would lead back through the branches of her family tree to the 18th century American colonies and to the very beginnings of the quest for freedom and independence from England.

Bob Kraus had left the mountains of his youth and moved away, but later found his way into the mountain community of Franklin, N.C. As the relationship progressed, he told Eleanor that he had left the mountains once in his life and he was not going to leave them again. If they were to be together, she would have to come to Franklin. She agreed to join him in Franklin, thus setting into motion the intricate series of circumstances leading her through her ancestry to the inception of the United States of America and back to the present generation.

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