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At approximately 4:26 p.m. on Tuesday evening, authorities arrived on the scene on Highway U.S. 23 at the Rabbit Creek intersection in response to a motor vehicle accident.

According to Leah McCall, investigating trooper with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, a 2006 silver Ford driven by Avery Bates, 18, of Franklin was entering the highway from Rabbit Creek and attempting to head toward Franklin.

Bates struck a 1998 black SUV oldsmobile driven by Maurice Grayson, 26, of Franklin, at the intersection mangling both vehicles.

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A Franklin man suspected of operating a methamphetamine lab was recently found guilty in Macon County Superior Court last week.

James Bradley Vaughn, 36, formerly of Orchard View Apartments, was sentenced to serve 7-9 years in prison after pleading guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine. Judge Sharon Barrett, of Buncombe County, presided over the hearing.

The sentence stemmed from the June 23 arrest of Vaughn and several others when Franklin Police Officers responded to a complaint of loud music at Orchard View Apartments, behind Kmart. After officers were given permission to enter the residence in question, they discovered a makeshift meth lab. Officers also reportedly recovered a plastic bag containing several unused syringes in the parking lot.

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A Franklin man accused of sex crimes against minors pled guilty to all charges last Thursday in Macon County Superior Court. David Wayne Ogden, 64, changed his plea from innocent to guilty earlier apparently due to the amount of evidence and victims stacked against him. “Yes ma’am, I’m guilty,” he said to Judge Sharon Barrett.

The courtroom was quiet, and Assistant District Attorneys Ashley Hornsby-Welch and District Attorney Jason Arnold seemed pensive as Barrett sentenced Ogden for his crimes against at least seven victims.

The defendant received an overall sentence of 34-45 years in prison for 35 charges including sexual exploitation of a minor, indecent liberties with a minor, delivering controlled substances to a child between the ages of 13-16 and other offenses. Should Ogden still be alive when his sentence is up, he would have to register as a sexual offender.

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Board members were eager to see the final numbers of the fall intersession after viewing a presentation highlighting the week, which took place from Oct. 10-14, at the October Board of Education meeting. “One of our goals is to get our students reading and math scores up, and we looked at the intersession as a way to do that,” said board member Stephanie McCall.

The intersession was beneficial for the students who attended, but board members showed concerns about whether the week was cost effective due to low participation numbers. The intersession was available to all students and the school system encouraged parents to become involved, but only about 400 students attended the interession on any given day, which amounts to about 10 percent of the entire district’s student population.

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