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Final plan approval projected for April 28 meeting.

Monday night, Macon County’s Board of Education expressed its continued disappointment in state legislation requiring the district to select 25 percent of eligible teachers in the school system to be awarded a fouryear contract and $500 bonus.

The state mandated changes to teacher tenure laws in North Carolina requiring local districts to develop a plan to select 25 percent of teachers in the district to be offered extended contracts in exchange for the voluntary relinquishing of their tenure status.

Macon County is among several districts in the state who have spoken out against the changes, and continued to express their opposition Monday night with the passing of a resolution.

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Three Democratic candidates on the primary ballot.

The Macon County News is presenting candidate profiles on all primary candidates between now and the May 6 primary. Following the results of the primary, MCN will then profile candidates vying for seats in November.

The Macon County Register of Deeds is an office in which voters will choose which candidate will move on to the general election in November. The winner of the May primary will face Republican challenger Jamie Cochran in the November general election.

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Over the past couple of months, Southwestern Community College President Dr. Don Tomas has been meeting with officials in Macon County to determine a plan for expanding the Macon Campus. The proposed plan moved forward last week during a joint meeting with SCC’s Board of Trustees and Macon County Commissioners.

SCC’s Macon Campus was constructed on county-owned property in 2007 as a joint effort to provide higher education opportunities in Macon County. The property sits on 19 acres of county owned land. With enrollment numbers hitting at all-time highs both last fall and for the spring semester at the Macon Campus, Tomas has been tasked with finding a way to better accommodate the growing interest for education in Macon County.

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Macon County's planning board held its regular scheduled meeting last Thursday. The board discussed the county's comprehensive plan and some possibilities that could be considered for the future growth areas located in the county, namely when it comes to water and sewer that is provided by the Town of Franklin.

“The recommendations that came out of the comprehensive plan for public sewer was to take the step to ensure that the sewer system is at adequate capacity in advance of the need. At that time it was at 70 percent capacity and at 70 percent capacity start planning for future expansion and at 90 percent start to secure funding to implement construction of a new facility,” County Planner Matt Mason told the board.

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Town of Franklin Mayor Bob Scott stopped by Macon Early College (MEC) on Wednesday morning to join instructor Eric Jackson's environmental science class.

Scott discussed the role of local government with the students.

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On Saturday, March 29, a Republican candidates forum will be held in the Community Building in Franklin. Candidates or their representatives running for local seats as well as the U.S. Senate will be present. Macon GOP Chair Carla Miller says, “So often voters feel they don’t know the candidates and have not been exposed to information beyond the ads and signs. This is a great opportunity to shake hands with the candidates and ask them questions. Voters can find out which candidates represent the views and have the backgrounds they believe suits the office.”

Macon GOP Vice-Chair Vince West is coordinating the event. “We are offering candidates and Macon County voters this platform to learn from each other. Candidates or their representatives will speak to the audience, but there will be meet-and-greet sessions as well. Voters have this event to help them make decisions for the May 6 primary.”

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The Macon County Airport Authority held its monthly meeting on Tuesday evening. Erik Rhysdon of W.K. Dickson, a consulting firm out of Charlotte, updated the board on grants that have been sought from the state in regards to the runway widening that is set to begin within the next month or so.

“We've compiled the numbers and got the paperwork for the grants turned in,” said Rhysdon. “With that, next Tuesday (April, 1), we're going to have a meeting here with the contractor to go over pre-construction plans and the construction schedule with him. After that, hopefully on Tuesday we can sit down and nail down a start date hopefully within the week or two weeks after.”

He also discussed plans to approach other companies that specialize in airport beacons because the company that formerly worked on and provided the beacons has halted production on them for the time being.

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On Thursday, April 10, the League of Women Voters of Macon County will sponsor a forum for candidates for county commission. The public is invited. The meeting will be held at noon at Tartan Hall in Franklin.

One seat is open in District 1. Michael Rogers (D), John Shearl (R), and incumbent James Tate (R) are running for the seat. In District 2, incumbent Ronnie Beale (D), incumbent Ron Haven (R), John Martin (L), and Gary Shields (R) are running for two available seats.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization focused on voter education and citizen participation in government. This will be an educational forum, not a rally, and campaign signs are not allowed.

Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

Last Wednesday, Judge Bradley B. Letts sentenced Frank Kelly Pruitt, 63, to an active sentence of eight to 10 years for the 2012 second degree murder of Pruitt’s son, James Robert Pruitt, 34.

"There are no winners at the conclusion of these proceedings because the fact remains that two parents played an active part in the death of their son,” said Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland of the ruling. “Their poor decisions and their actions created a great loss for their whole family especially their grandchildren. This tragedy could have been prevented if the adults involved would have acted like responsible adults. If Mr. and Mrs. Pruitt would have taken advantage of the opportunity to be good parents they would not be residing in our state's prison and their grandchildren would still have their father."

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New business touts potential of revitalizing downtown.

The Franklin Board of Aldermen held a special called meeting on Tuesday, March 18 to consider a new offer on town owned property that once served as Town Hall and a possible bridge design.

To begin, local businessmen Lenny Jordan and Ken Murphy of Lazy Hiker, LLC approached the board to present a lease agreement with an option to buy the property. Their goal: To bring Franklin its first microbrewery.

According to the proposed lease, the Lazy Hiker Brewery would offer “a tap room, a distillery, a restaurant, offices, or retail space.” Murphy spoke at the meeting in order to give the board a more detailed presentation of the business and the lease.

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