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With two weeks until filing opens for the 2015 municipal elections, Macon County Board of Elections Director Debbie George reminded voters within the city limits that they have about four months to update their address with the Board of Elections office to be able to vote in November.

“If anyone has moved into the city limits and not changed their address, they will need to update their address before Oct. 9, 2015,” said George. “Municipal elections are held in November during odd-numbered years and are non-partisan. Registered voters living within the city limits are eligible to vote in municipal elections and only candidates that live within the city limits are eligible to file for office.”

Franklin aldermen and Highlands town commissioners, as well as mayors for both municipalities are chosen in municipal elections. This year, Franklin will choose candidates for three alderman seats and the mayor seat. The seats up for election in Franklin are currently held by Joyce Handley, Farrell Jamison, and Verlin Curtis. The mayor seat, currently occupied by Bob Scott, will also be on the ballot this November. Of the elected officials in Franklin, only Mayor Scott has confirmed that he will seek another term.

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In an effort to better serve customers, the Division of Employment Security (DES) is changing its debit card provider to Bank of America beginning Aug. 1, 2015. Unemployment claimants will continue to choose either direct deposit or debit card to receive their benefits. This change will only affect those claimants who have elected to receive unemployment benefits via debit card.

From June 15 through late July, those eligible to receive unemployment benefits via debit card will receive a transition package from DES. This package will outline what they should do with their old MasterCard debit card in preparation for receiving their new VISA card from Bank of America.

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The Macon County Sheriff’s Office filed additional charges against Adam Conley, 38, over the weekend, Conley, is one of two individuals arrested last Thursday for an incident that occurred at South Macon Elementary School. Charges against the Macon County resident continue to grow, as he now faces charges stemming from two separate incidents which occurred on Saturday.

Conley has now been charged with assault on a government official for attempting to stab a detention officer in the abdominal area with an eating utensil. He was also charged with resisting, obstruct and delay, after Conley refused to follow verbal commands from officers while being served with additional arrest warrants while in custody.

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Director predicts a reduction in services and hours.

Since 2008, the rate of inflation had increased by 10 percent, while county funding for the library has only increased by 4 percent, according to Macon County Public Library Director Karen Wallace. Between an increase in services and cost of operating, Wallace addressed commissioners Tuesday night to inform them that if additional funds aren’t placed in the library’s budget this year, the facility will have to decrease services or hours.

“Without an increase in funding for the library, it’s likely that we’ll need to cut hours and services,” said Wallace Tuesday night.

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