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Board members were eager to see the final numbers of the fall intersession after viewing a presentation highlighting the week, which took place from Oct. 10-14, at the October Board of Education meeting. “One of our goals is to get our students reading and math scores up, and we looked at the intersession as a way to do that,” said board member Stephanie McCall.

The intersession was beneficial for the students who attended, but board members showed concerns about whether the week was cost effective due to low participation numbers. The intersession was available to all students and the school system encouraged parents to become involved, but only about 400 students attended the interession on any given day, which amounts to about 10 percent of the entire district’s student population.

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Macon County Commissioners voted to take seven constructions standards up for discussion when they reconvened last week for a continuation of October’s regularly scheduled meeting. Commissioners discussed altering construction standards, which encompassed the minimum allowed standards, with the intention of providing safe and adequate protection while serving to decrease liability to people involved in all areas of development, under consideration and further review.

According to Lewis Penland, Chairman of the planning board, the proposed construction standards were taken directly from the recommended Safe Slope Development Ordinance which was developed by the Safe Slope Development Workgroup. “The workgroup—made up of a grading contractor, a builder and developer, a planner, a geologist, a hydrologist, a realtor, and a planning board member—spent two years studying slope development issues and taking testimony from a variety of professionals in the building, construction and engineering fields,” said Penland.

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Officers with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office recently arrested a man charged of numerous counts of statutory rape.

On Oct. 23, investigators with the department began investigating an incident of sexual assault that reportedly occurred in the Sapphire community of Jackson County on the same date.

According to statement released by JCSO in late October, private security firm, Blue Ridge Public Safety, was the initial agency to respond to the report, with Jackson investigators taking over the investigation later that evening. Deputies, along with the North Carolina Bureau of Investigations, searched the scene of the event that evening.

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Last Saturday authorities in both Jackson and Macon Counties continued their operations to get prescription pills off the streets. Often used as narcotics, the two agencies collected thousands of outdated and unwanted pills from citizens in their respective communities, who had an excess of such medications.

Held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and the Franklin Police Department collected 14,884 pills in the parking lots of Wal-Mart and KMart. Dubbed “Operation Pill Crusher”, the event has collected over 100,000 pills since the operation first began at the beginning of the year.

“This last collection is less than what we got last time, but we’re satisfied with the numbers we got,” said Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland on Monday. “That’s over 14,000 less pills to hit the streets.”

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The Town of Sylva is getting a new Town Manager, said Mayor Maurice Moody, as board members voted to hire a replacement for former manager Adrienne Eisenhower at their monthly meeting last month.

The new installment of Michael Morgan is just a temporary one. Morgan, 57, took on the job as interim Town Manager while board members continue their search for a full-time manager.

“He has a lot of experience as a town manager and is great for the job,” said Moody. “He has agreed to work for the next 4 to 6 months.”

 

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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce announces that entry forms are available for the 2011 Christmas Parade. The parade is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 28, beginning at 3 p.m. Falling on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, this year’s parade kicks off the Christmas season in Franklin.

“Candy Canes and Christmas Carols” has been chosen as the theme of the parade. “This year’s theme provides for a broad range of ideas to be incorporated in float design and other entries. We encourage those participating to decorate their float using Candy Canes and/or a favorite Christmas Carol.” said Cindy Cavender, Special Events Coordinator. Prize money will be awarded. Judging of the floats, we take place prior to the parade. Prizes for Best Use of Theme, Most Creative & Grand Champion will be given.

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Macon County will honor its veterans with a special parade and ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a Veterans Parade through downtown Franklin and will be followed by a ceremony at the Gazebo on the Square featuring keynote speaker Gary Shields, a member of the Macon County Board of Education and a Vietnam Veteran.

The ceremony will also feature remarks by Vice Mayor Verlin Curtis and local elementary school children who will sing for the veterans. The ceremony will conclude with a wreath laying ceremony on the courtyard of the Macon County Courthouse.

Linda Schlott, Executive Director of the Franklin Main Street Program encourages all Macon County veterans participate in this event. “These men and women who have faithfully served and those who are currently serving our country are heroes and we need to give them the resounding support they deserve.”

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Petition involving Macon County School District calendar

The lawsuit involving the Macon County School System that was filed earlier this summer by the non-profit organization, Save Our Summers—North Carolina (SOSNC) and Macon County parent, Sabrina Hawkins, was withdrawn on Monday.

According to Macon County Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman, now that the petition has been withdrawn, the school system can shift its focus to better educate the children within the county. “We are relieved that we can continue focusing on teaching and are able to save the money that we would have had to spend on legal counsel to better serve our students,” said Brigman.

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The Highway Patrol ended its “Operation Stop Arm” campaign on Friday, Oct. 21. The campaign which began on Monday, Oct. 17, was focused on promoting traffic safety around North Carolina schools, school buses and school bus stops. During the week long campaign, troopers across the state looked for violations in and near school zones as well as followed school buses looking for motorists who failed to stop for the school bus stop arm law. Troopers drove marked and unmarked patrol cars during the operation.

During the week-long enforcement campaign, troopers followed more than 950 school buses across the state to remind motorists of the dangers that exist in and around school buses and school zones. Troopers issued numerous citations to motorists who failed to stop for a school bus.

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Jackson authorities arrested several individuals from Graham, Haywood and Swain counties last Wednesday on charges related to the sale of methamphetamine.

According to a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office statement released on Oct. 20, county deputies obtained a search warrant on Oct. 19 for the residence of 38-year-old Danny William Ratliff.

At approximately 10:15 p.m., Jackson deputies and agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation executed the search warrant at Ratliff’s home on 333 Barkers Creek Road in the Qualla Community of Jackson County, where they found an active methamphetamine laboratory.

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