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Confiscated drugs valued in the thousands of dollars.

In the midst of the biggest snow event Macon County has seen so far this winter, Macon County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Langley Sr., arrested Thomas Moore, 39, after finding his truck stopped in the middle of a snow covered road in southern Macon County.

Moore was arrested and charged with one felony count trafficking methamphetamine, one count possession drug paraphernalia, and one count driving while license revoked. He was booked in the Macon County Detention Center and held on a $75,000 secured bond.

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West Macon Fire Department was called out to a mobile home fire, Thursday afternoon, Feb. 25, on Potts Branch, off Patton Road.

According to Travis Waldroop with the fire department, the fire started on the rear deck of the single-wide home and worked up the wall and into the attic space.

The drop tank had to be used since the nearest hydrant is located at the junction of Industrial Park Road and Patton Road.

 

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Signs welcoming new visitors to town are synonymous with small town America and are often a staple for the town's identity. Since the 1970s, banners have been hung across Main Street in Franklin to advertise festivals and events within the town.

Neighboring towns such as Dillsboro and Clayton often stretch banners across their roadways to capture thru-traffic, in hopes of boosting attendance to the town's annual shindigs, and until 2013, banners could also be seen strung across Franklin's Main Street. While advertising banners have taken a two-year hiatus, the town of Franklin Board of Aldermen unanimously decided Monday night to give local business owners the go-ahead to re-open discussion of the possibility of draping signs across Main Street.

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Five months after police launched an investigation into a Halloween party at Dillard Excavating in Jackson County, criminal charges have been filed.

On Monday, a grand jury handed down indictments for four Jackson residents who allegedly supplied teenagers with alcohol and knowingly interfered with a police investigation into statutory rape allegations.

After the grand jury's indictments, arrests included:

Austin Trent Davis, 19, of Dillsboro, was charged with a statutory sex offense with defendant older than victim by four years and less than six years. Cody Jenkins, 24, of Sylva, was charged with statutory rape of person 13, 14 or 15 years old; two counts of statutory sex offense with 13, 14 or 15 year old. Michelle Dillard, of Sylva, was charged with felony obstruction of justice. Jimmy Henry of Sylva, a former JCSO deputy, was charged with two counts of felony obstruction of justice.

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Various departments submit monthly reports to the town of Franklin Board of Aldermen. The board receives the reports as part of their monthly agenda packet. The information details the works of the town and different departments in Franklin.

View the monthly reports after jump!

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On Monday night, to a standing room only crowd in town hall, the Franklin Board of Aldermen approved a license agreement to allow The Bowery Restaurant to keep a piece of sidewalk on town property.

The agreement was approved unanimously by the board and included no other discussion other than an opening statement from Franklin Mayor Bob Scott.

"Let me make it clear, there was never any intention to cause any problem for The Bowery," Scott read from a prepared statement. "We welcome The Bowery as a new neighbor.

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Last week Porter Street was temporarily blocked as 11 new tanks were delivered to the Lazy Hiker Brewing Co., bringing the new business one step closer to opening its doors.

After having the 11 tanks custom-made for the brewery, they were delivered and set up in the warehouse in the back of Franklin's old town hall last week. Noah McIntee, head brewer for Franklin's first brewery, said with the addition of the tanks, just one more piece of the puzzle is needed to begin brewing exceptional craft beer.

"These 11 tanks put us a little closer to where we need to be to get the doors open and the beer flowing," said McIntee.

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By state law, Macon County must undergo a financial audit each year, conducted by an outside third party. The audit delves into the records and financial reports of the county to look for any inaccuracies and ensures that all the books add up.

During their February meeting, Macon County commissioners were informed that for yet another year, Macon County was given a "clean audit" report.

The 2014 fiscal year audit was presented to commissioners by Ko Tang Cha- Moses from the auditing firm Martin, Starnes, and Associates. According to Cha-Moses, Macon County received a good report.

"A clean audit means the auditors issued an unmodified opinion - the best opinion they can give," explained Macon County Finance Director Lori Hall. "An unmodified opinion means that the auditors found no material misstatements that led them to believe the financial statements would be misleading to the reader."

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When looking for a job, the Internet can be a great place to search. However, knowing how to search and what sites to look at can be overwhelming. To get advice and guidance, job seekers are invited to a one-hour workshop at the Macon County Public Library on Wednesday, March 4, at 1 p.m. One-on-one help will be available after the class, until 4 p.m.

As part of a partnership between the library and SCC's Educational Opportunities Department, SCC Employability instructor John Mitchell will offer a class at the library for job seekers on how to use the Internet to find and apply for a job. He will discuss not only specific websites and how to use them but also the best techniques for keeping track of your efforts and working efficiently on the search. This onehour class, which will be held in the library’s Board Room.

This workshop is free but space is limited, so reservations are strongly suggested. To reserve a space, or if you have questions, please call the Reference Desk at the Macon County Public Library at (828)524-3600.

In the past week, emergency personnel in Macon County and across western North Carolina have had their hands full with everything from a forest fire to vehicle accidents caused by an ice storm. Working around the clock to keep residents in Macon County safe, both paid and volunteer personnel have more than earned their keep this week.

"All of the emergency responders, both volunteer and career, are an asset to Macon County," said Warren Cabe, Macon County's Emergency Services Director. "Many of them were out late into the night with the recent round of severe weather while most people were safely at home and we really appreciate their efforts."

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