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Editor’s note: All commission candidates were asked the same questions and were given ample time to answer the questions. After receiving the interview questions via e-mail, County Commissioner Ron Haven elected not to participate in the Macon County News’ candidate profile article and said via email, “Sorry, Not interested, I don't have any comments.”

Four candidates are vying for the two open seats for District II of the board of commissioners. With two open seats, the top two vote getters after the election will win the seats.

Gary Shields was born and raised in the Cartoogechaye Community of Macon County to Clara and Rev. W.K. Shields. He attended Franklin High School before moving to Walhalla, S.C., and then Waynesville, N.C., where he attended and graduated from Waynesville Township High in June 1966.

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Fifty years ago this week, torrential rain falls pounded the southeastern United States causing dams to give way, rivers to swell and floods to destroy communities in a three state area. With a month left in hurricane season and reports of Hurricane Isbell forming off toward Cuba, rains from Hurricane Hilda put Macon County underwater.

Hurricane Hilda wreaked havoc on the east coast in 1964 from Sept. 28 until Oct. 5, causing 38 deaths and $126 million in damages as a result of the 150 mile per hour winds and record-breaking rain accumulations.

With reports of water rising some five feet around local businesses such as the old De Soto Trail Restaurant building and stories like this one from Macon County resident Rick Franklin, the flood of 1964 will forever be a part of Macon County’s history.

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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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