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Twenty-nine year old Daniel Wayne Forse of Cashiers was airlifted to Mission hospital in Asheville after obtaining serious, but non-life threatening injuries during a two vehicle collision at approximately 12:15 p.m. on Friday afternoon on the Highlands Road in Franklin.

According to Trooper Crawford of the N.C. Highway Patrol, Carol Johnson, 74, of Franklin, was attempting to make a left turn into the Highlands Road Convenience Center (recycling center) when Forse was headed west toward Franklin on a Honda motorcycle.

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For a variety of reasons, the Macon County Board of Commissioners decided to adopt a resolution to push back the revaluation process until 2015. The decision came after a special meeting in September where county tax administrator Richard Lightner explained the costs and benefits of prolonging the process two more years, from the scheduled 2013 to 2015. The board also decided to go back to the county’s traditional eight year revaluation cycle.

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Doctors transfer child to Atlanta to be closer to family and friends

Kirsten Simpkins, the 28-month-old victim of a brutal attack which occurred in Dillsboro on Aug. 31, was released from Mission Hospital in Asheville last week to be transferred to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to continue the recovery process closer to her family. “She is making progress everyday, she isn’t the same little girl as before this attack, but she is better than what she had become after the attack,” said Kirsten’s mother, Jennifer Hart, of Kirsten’s current condition.

Kirsten was originally transported to Asheville Mission via helicopter in critical condition. Amongst other visible injuries to her face and body, Kirsten suffered from a hematoma and extensive damage to the left side of her brain. She had to undergo surgery to have the left bone flap of her skull removed to reduce the swelling of her brain. Kirsten’s injuries are a result of alleged attacks that occurred over a three-day period while in the care of her step-grandmother.

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Listen to any politician talk these days and they will tell you that their number one concern is jobs, jobs, and jobs. Unfortunately, their concern has not translated into higher employment numbers. North Carolina’s unemployment rate increased to 10.3 percent in August, as 471,319 North Carolinians are currently out of work. Macon County’s numbers are also bleak, with unemployment increasing from 10 percent in July to 10.3 percent in August. A listed 1,613 Maconians were out of work in August, compared to 1,577 people in July. Macon County’s unemployment rate has increased nearly one percent since August of 2010.

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