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At its last meeting, the Macon County Board of Commissioners appointed school board member Gary Shields to fill a vacancy on the Southwestern Community College’s Board of Trustees.

Pending his acceptance of the appointment and approval by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, Shields, former principal of Franklin High School, will complete the term of Charles Leatherman, who resigned from the SCC board effective June 1. The term expires on June 30, 2012.

Franklin resident Jerry Sutton was recently reappointed to the board by Gov. Bev Purdue. Sutton, who has served on SCC’s Board of Trustees for 28 years, including seven terms as chairman, is a former director of the Governor’s western office, a retired dairy farmer, former Macon County Commissioner and a part-time real estate broker.

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Both held on $30,000 bond in Swain and Macon

Officers with the Franklin Police Department arrested two women last Thursday on charges stemming from the theft of an woman’s purse last month in the Holly Springs Shopping Center on US 441 North.

On the evening of June 18, authorities responded to the report of a purse that was stolen out of 61-year-old Julie Frances Rose’s car, which was parked in a handicapped parking space near Ingles supermarket. The purse was recovered and returned to Rose.

 

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At a recent meeting, Franklin Board of Aldermen discussed establishing a policy that would provide criteria and a priority ranking system for the grant application process for non-profits seeking funds from the town. Aldermen came to no decision on the matter.

“There is no real rigor to it,” said Town Manager Sam Greenwood of the current grant application process, in which organizations are only required to verify that they are a non-profit along with the structure of their organization in the initial grant application form issued by the town.

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With a special ribbon cutting ceremony held last Tuesday, the Macon County Airport Authority celebrated the official expansion of its airport runway.

Joined by state and local leaders, transportation officials and longtime airport supporters, Authority Chairman Milles Gregory lauded the long awaited completion of the runway expansion as a critical economic asset to the county.

“I believe this will have quite an economic impact on Macon County, but also other adjoining counties,” said Gregory. “It’s been a long time coming but we’re delighted that we’ve reached this point and it’s a milestone in the history of Macon County to have a 5,000-foot runway.”

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