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Former N.C. State Senator Robert C. Carpenter passed away Saturday in his Franklin home at the age of 87.

Lovingly known to many as Senator Bob, an entire community mourns the loss of a legend, but finds comfort in remembering his tireless efforts and dedication to the people of Macon County.

The Macon County Board of Commissioners took time to honor Carpenter before beginning their August meeting. Before Macon County Commissioner Kevin Corbin led the invocation, he offered attendees the opportunity to join in a moment of silent reflection or prayer for Senator Bob. Corbin said, “Senator Bob was probably a friend to everybody in this room, regardless of political affiliation.” Corbin continued, “He was a true gentleman, a servant to Macon County and a servant to this state; we all loved him.”

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You might be from Franklin, NC if… “you’ve ever been terrified of getting stuck on town hill in a straight drive!” posts Melissa Watts, one of the over 1900 members of the new hit Facebook group “You might be from Franklin, NC if...”

The group, which started a mere two weeks ago, was started by Franklin native Oren Coin and is spreading like wildfire.

“I started this group July 29, with no great expectations,” said Coin. “It just went cosmic. I was bored at the time and looking for trouble. Damn sure got me some trouble.”

According to group member, Gail Kelly Lester, the group appeals to such a broad audience.

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Macon County authorities are looking for an unknown man who reportedly sexually assaulted someone at their Rose Creek Cove Road on Monday evening.

At approximately 6:10 p.m., authorities responded to a 9-1-1 call referencing a breaking and entering and sexual assault that occurred just an hour or so before that day. According to reports, the victim did not know the suspect, nor did they know his mode of transportation is also unknown.

Immediate after the incident was reported, an investigation began and two Investigators were assigned to the case that night, at which time they began processing the crime scene and interviewing witnesses.

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Several Superior Court cases were continued for fall hearings last week in Macon County. The honorable Judge Sharon Tracey Barrett presided during the proceedings.

— Nathaniel Joshua Cabe, 27, faced several charges stemming from an incident last Spring including false imprisonment, extortion, communicating threats, interfering with emergency communications and injury to personal property. Cabe continued his hearing until Sept. 26.

Along with co-defendant Ian Thomas Spies, 22, Cabe was arrested near South Macon Elementary after being stopped by deputies on April 19. After initially being spotted in a grey Mitsubishi car matching the victim’s description, both suspects attempted to flee Officer Bryant Hodgin, who eventually captured Cabe.

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