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During the July meeting of the Macon County Board of Education, the board voted to approve $97,000 from the school's capital outlay budget to fund some much needed upgrades to schools within the district.

Among renovations projects to get under way this school year are overall renovations to Union Academy that total $20,000. The renovations include basic improvements that are intended to bring the school to the same functioning level as other school sites in the districts. The board also allocated $20,000 of the $97,000 to be used to finish upgrading the windows at Nantahala. As funding has allowed over the years, outdated windows have been replaced at Nantahala so the board decided to fully fund that project so it can be completed.

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An Otto man who allegedly shot and killed his son earlier this month in Macon County is now facing first degree murder.

During the July 18 session of Superior Court, Assistant District Attorney Jason Arnold issued a notice of dismissal for the count of second degree murder faced by 62-year-old Frank Kelly Pruitt. According to the dismissal, the state will proceed on an alternate charge of first degree murder.

Such a charge is contingent upon malice aforethought and premeditation being found by prosecutors prior to a fatal incident, according to General Statute 14-17. First degree murder can carry two possible punishments; life without parole or capital punishment.

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Ruby City surrenders remains of Japanese soldier.

The skull seemed a daunting thing, amid the trove of worldly antiquities, fine jewelry, rare gems and ancient fossils. It was an austere war relic, and for more than half a century it loomed in the vast collection of Franklin’s Ruby City Gem and Mineral museum.

From temple to temple, crossing the tip of the skull, grim words were written in black.

“Made in Japan. Tried in the Solomons and Found Wanting.”

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During the July meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners Phillip Cochran with Franklin-based Watson Contractors spoke to the board regarding his discontent with the county's Airport Authority's decision to award an Asheville business, Taylor Murphy Construction, the bid to upgrade the airport's apron.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded a grant to the Macon County airport, that after a 10 percent match from the Macon County Board of Commissioners would total $2,326,340. The board unanimously approved the designated 10 percent grant match of $232,634 during its regular scheduled meeting in January.

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