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Following the county commissioners' unanimous vote to affix the official motto of the United States, "In God We Trust," to county buildings, Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland approached his deputies about the possibility of adding the motto to patrol vehicles. After a staff meeting and giving deputies the option of signing up to receive decals stating "In God We Trust," all Macon County Sheriff's Offcie patrol deputies opted to display the motto.

"During our recent agency meeting I brought up the subject and passed around a document for the deputies to read and sign if they wanted to take part," said Sheriff Holland. "I made it clear to all present this was an individual decision and there would be no repercussion for opting out of participating.


One-stop voting for the 2015 municipal elections which will fill three seats on the town of Franklin Board of Aldermen and three seats for the Highlands Commission will end on Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. One-stop voting may be done at the Macon County Courthouse and the Highlands Civic Center. The Macon County News provides profiles for candidates for the Franklin Board of Aldermen election for our readers. All six candidates seeking office were given the opportunity to answer the same questions. As of press time, Verlin Curtis and Joyce Handley had not responded.

Adam Kimsey

Local business owner Adam Kimsey is once again seeking a spot on the Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen. He had previously run for alderman in 2013. Kimsey owns and operates The Rathskeller, a small coffee shop and pub in downtown Franklin. Before becoming a local business owner, Kimsey worked as a training and development coordinator for Caterpillar here in Macon County. He attended Franklin High School, Southwestern Community College, and Western Carolina University.


Fifty-one years ago, torrential rains pounded the southeastern United States, causing dams to give way, rivers to swell, and floods to destroy communities. Franklin was not spared from rains streaming from Hurricane Hilda, which wreaked havoc on the east coast in 1964 from Sept. 28 throughout the first week of October. The storm caused 38 deaths and did an estimated $126 million in damages.

In 2004, 40 years after Hurricane Hilda put Franklin underwater, Hurricane Ivan dumped almost 12 inches on Western North Carolina in a few hours causing catastrophic flooding and land slides resulting in four deaths. The 2004 rainfalls triggered the landslides that caused the Peeks Creek disaster.


A state program that was implemented to cover the cost of electronic waste, or e-waste, recycling is in dispute and according to Chris Stahl, director of the Macon County Solid Waste Department, could cost the county thousands of dollars a year.

Stahl first cautioned commissioners about the state program expiring a few years ago, but now as of this year, Macon County will begin to foot the bill for recycling e-waste such as televisions.

In the past, the manufacturers’ responsibility law was written into the same legislation as the landfill ban on various electronic devices and the bans were phased in over the ensuing couple of years.


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