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Grant funding builds transit bus stops around Franklin

Macon County Transit has been busy this week putting the final touches on Franklin's first two bus stops. Located on East Main Street near Hot Spot and on Siler Farm Road by the Macon County Public Library, Franklin's first two transit bus stops are intended to better serve residents who rely on the transportation service.

"In an effort for the Mountain Gem Route to have the look and feel of the public transportation service that it is," said Kim Angel, Macon County Transit Director. "We also felt that adding the shelters in certain locations would encourage ridership on the route. The cost to operate this route is much less than our traditional door to door service we offer..."

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Citizen cites violation of the fourth amendment.

Monday night the Franklin Town Board of Aldermen were presented with agenda items regarding minimum housing code and nuisance ordinance violations for properties within the city limits. While the town board was addressing enforcing the ordinances, one Franklin resident was questioning the constitutionality of their existence.

Angela Moore, who has run for town board in the past and has filed to run again this November, signed up during public comment to express her concerns regarding the town's regulations.

"The enforcement of the minimum housing ordinance as it is written is a gross violation of the 4th amendment of the U.S. Constitution," claimed Moore. "Violating the rights of people to be secure in their persons and their homes against unreasonable searches and seizures is personal. If you are violating the rights of even one person you are trampling the freedom of all of us."

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Funding to come from transportation budget surplus.

It’s a contant struggle for school bus drivers across the country when it comes to safely stopping to pick up children in the mornings and drop them off in the evenings. A survey conducted by the state reported that bus drivers indicate 3,000-3,500 drivers illegally pass stopped school buses a day. During a count done in March, school bus drivers reported more than 400 violations in Wake County in one day. Wake County is the state's largest school district and has 900 buses.

Under state law, when a school bus displays its mechanical stop signal or flashing red lights, vehicles in both directions must stop and not attempt to pass the bus until the sign is withdrawn, the lights are off, and the bus has started to move. The rules are different for a divided highway of four lanes or more and in that case only traffic following the bus must stop.

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Two Franklin Police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave after a gun battle resulted in the death of Clay Alan Lickteig, 52, of Hayesville.

Around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, two Franklin police officers, who are not being identified at this time, were attempting to serve Lickteig with a felony probation violation warrant for arrest, when Lickteig became confrontational and brandished a weapon.

The FPD officers met Lickteig in the driveway of a residence at which he had been staying, and when ordered by officers to show his hands, he refused. According to Police Chief David Adams, the officers first attempted to subdue the suspect with a taser gun, which was deployed twice. Lickteig then opened fire on the officers.

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