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Marcos Lopez may have returned to Mexico.

Macon County law enforcement are asking the public help locate Marcos Lopez, also known as Marcos De La Cruz Lopez, 51, who is wanted for multiple sex crimes against children.

Over the weekend, the Highlands Police Department released a photo and description in hopes the public can help determine his current whereabouts.

The Highlands Police began investigating allegations against Lopez in the last few weeks and during the investigation, Lopez disappeared.

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With a unanimous vote, Macon County Commissioners took the first step needed to display "In God We Trust," the national motto of the United States, on county-owned property.

Macon County attorney Chester Jones read a resolution that would pave the way for the motto to be displayed in Macon County:

"'In God We Trust' became the United States national motto on July 30, 1956, shortly after our nation led the world through the trauma of World War II; and whereas, the words have been used on United States currency since 1864; and whereas, the same inspiring slogan is engraved above the entrance to the Senate Chamber as well as above the Speaker's dais in the House of Representatives; and whereas, in both war and peace, these words have been a profound source of strength and guidance to many generations of Americans; and whereas, the county desires to display this patriotic motto in a way to solemnize public occasions and express confidence in our society. Now, therefore, upon a Motion by Commissioner Gary Shields and seconded by Commissioner Paul Higdon, and duly approved, be it hereby resolved by the Macon County Board of Commissioners as follows: Resolved, that Macon County does hereby determine that the historic and patriotic words of our national motto, 'In God We Trust,' shall be permanently and prominently displayed on the courthouse at Macon County, North Carolina and to remain there in perpetuity."

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Election season is in full swing, and in the past week candidates running for one of three vacant seats on the Franklin Board of Aldermen have participated in two candidate forums to address voter concerns.

The first forum was hosted by the League of Women voters, a non-partisan group who hosts candidate forums regularly during election seasons. The second forum was organized by local resident Dave Linn. While attendance was low for the forum, candidates were prepared to address issues ranging from parking to economic development initiatives.

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Necessary paving will cost an additional $5,583.

After representatives from Oliver Paving toured Franklin last week with Franklin Mayor Bob Scott and Town Manager Summer Woodard, company officials informed the town that due to the condition of the asphalt along Main Street, additional work would need to be completed before new thermoplastic crosswalks can be constructed.

Woodard informed members of the town board on Monday night that after inspecting Franklin's Main Street and the areas containing crosswalks, the cracks and breaks in the road would make the thermoplastic process for the previously approved crosswalks difficult. Woodard contacted Wesley Grindstaff with North Carolina Department of Transportation for guidance and he informed Woodard that Main Street would be repaved in the next five to six years, but other than that, the DOT did not have the funds available to just repave the crosswalk sections to make the project possible.

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