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Highlands Board of Commissioners are elected every four years. The mayor and board serve four-year “staggered terms.” The mayor and two commissioners were up for election in 2009, leaving three remaining commissioner seats up for election on Nov. 8.

The three seats up for re-election are currently held by Dennis DeWolf, John Dotson, and Larry Rogers. Both Dotson and Rogers filed to run again, while De- Wolf decided to give up his seat.

Three challengers will be joining the incumbents for the Nov. 8 election. Brian Stiehler, Michael Rogers, and Eric Pierson have all filed to run for the vacant board of commissioner seats. Michael Rogers was not available for comment at presstime.

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Effective Aug. 24, 2011, phone numbers have changed for some state offices located in the Macon County Courthouse. Due to an updated statewide telephone system and a new statewide calling plan, many counties across the state are receiving updated phone numbers.

The new telephone numbers are after the jump!

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Authorities with the Macon County Sheriff's Office, State Bureau of Investigation, N.C. Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service and the Franklin Police Department spent the majority of Tuesday eradicating various outdoor marijuana grow operations throughout the county.

All in all, officers netted more than 130 marijuana plants.

According to Sheriff Robert Holland, the incident is still under investigation and there are little details at this time.

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Late Wednesday night, Governor Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency for all counties east of Interstate 95 in North Carolina to allow time to prepare and evacuate for Hurricane Irene.

Western North Carolina is not expected to be detrimentally affected by Irene. Although western counties may experience high winds and intermittent rain showers, the negative impact of Irene will predominately be localized to areas adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean.

Thursday morning the National Weather Service issued a Hurricane Watch for the NC coastline from Surf City (Pender and Onslow counties) all the way to the Virginia Boarder.

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