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Franklin’s Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to approve the purchase of 12 Samsung Galaxy Tablets. The tablets, which will be provided to each member of the board along with Kevin McGonigal, the Town's IT Administrator, Town Manager Sam Greenwood, Assistant to the Manager, Summer Woodard, Town Clerk, Janet Anderson and Town Planner Mike Grubermann.

During Monday night's meeting, under the recommendations of McGonigal, the board approved to initially purchase 12 tablets. Greenwood suggested for the town to consider purchasing more tablets in the future in order to supply each department head with one.

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After serving seven consecutive terms, amounting to 14 years in office, Representative Phil Haire, (D-119) will not be running for an eighth term in the General Assembly.

Western North Carolina was buzzing with the news last week after Haire issued a press release announcing his decision to not seek re-election.

“As visions of sugar plums dance in our heads”, we recall the wonderful memories of family, friends, and fellowship during the Christmas season. As we look forward to the coming New Year, I will not be filing for re-election to the 119th District of the North Carolina House of Representatives,” said Haire. “It has been my highest honor and privilege to have been elected by you to serve as your representative for seven consecutive terms. So, to the finest people, in the finest part of North Carolina and in the best State in the United States, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and wish God’s blessing on each and every one,” he concluded.

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Friday will be Tim Hubbs’ last official day as the CEO of Angel Medical Center (AMC). Hubbs, who first gave notice of his retirement back in March, noted he wanted to retire to pursue other business interests.

According to Hubbs, his family has several houses that he wants to fix up and get on the market. He plans to spend retirement doing manual labor and trying to keep busy. Hubbs has been the CEO of the hospital for three and half years, and has guided the hospital through several significant transitions and developments.

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The 21-year-old Western Carolina University student arrested for robbing a State Employees Credit Union (SECU) near campus on Dec. 14 was convicted and sentenced in Superior Court in Jackson County on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Bryan anthony Edwards was sentenced to a minimum of 10 months and a maximum of 21 months to be served in the North Carolina Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to Common law robbery.

The fact that Edwards used a toy gun, which under the law is not a dangerous weapon, is the reason he was convicted of common law robbery and not robbery with a dangerous weapon, which were the original charges.

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On Tuesday, Jan. 3, at approximately 6:52 p.m., the Jackson County 911 Communications Center received notification of a panic alarm at the Cashiers BP station at the intersection of US 64 and NC 107 and subsequently dispatched the deputy working Cashiers to that location.

An employee of Blue Ridge Public Safety overheard the communication with the deputy over the scanner. This employee responded on his own as he was very close to the BP.

The deputy working Cashiers was notified by the 911 Center of the Blue Ridge employee and requested that he remain outside the store. However, the Blue Ridge employee had already entered the store and detained William Tyler Zorn, 20, of Cashiers.

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Last Wednesday at approximately 10:20 a.m. the Cullowhee Branch of the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union was robbed by an armed and masked white male later identified as 21-year-old Brian Anthony Edwards, according to Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

The robbery suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of United States currency. A dye pack which was placed in the bag by an employee of the bank did go off while the suspect was fleeing the scene.

The communities around Western Carolina University were advised to “Shelter in Place” and to remain where they were until the suspect could be apprehended. Both WCU and Cullowhee Valley Elementary school were placed under a lock down after WCU police were able to confirm the suspect was armed.

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Authorities in Franklin are investigating the recent robbery of a local fast food restaurant.

Sometime early Tuesday morning, Wendy’s of Franklin was broken into. The store, located along 441 South, has not ever seen such a break-in robbery, according to store managers.

“They came through the drive-thru window,” said assistant restaurant manager Carl Golden on Wednesday. “It looks like they used a pry bar of some sort to get in.” Markings and traces of yellow paint were found on the window, he explained. The late night robber then made his way through the kitchen and to the manager’s office where the safe was located.

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking any information in regards to thefts across the county. The holiday season has showed a spike in break-ins and thefts across each community in Jackson County. Residents, businesses and vehicles have all been targets of thieves. Particularly, homes are being targeted that are unoccupied for short amounts of time.

Anyone with any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods are asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. If anyone has other helpful information, they are asked to contact crime stoppers at (828)631-1125 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Already arrested in connection with several residential thefts and a break in at Southwestern Community College, is:

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Data entered correctly earlier this year

Due to an error made earlier this year by the North Carolina Department of Instruction (DPI), Macon County is now eligible to receive a weather waiver for the 2012- 2013 academic year.

According to Andrew Cox, Section Chief School Reporting for the DPI, the data for Macon County was not correctly entered into the state’s spreadsheet to determine eligibility for an LEA Based Calendar Waiver for Weather Related Causes.

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Hart returns to court in February

After months of fighting for her life, Kirsten Hart is almost back to normal. “She is doing a lot better,” said Kirsten’s mother, Jennifer Hart. “She is walking on her own and saying more words each day and she is eating great on her own. The doctors are saying that she is a miracle.”

Kirsten is the 28-month-old victim of a brutal attack which occurred in Dillsboro on Aug. 31. She was air lifted to Mission Hospital in Asheville in critical condition, after sustaining serious injuries.

Kirsten’s injuries were a result of alleged attacks that occurred over a three-day period while in the care of her stepgrandmother, Lisa Plank Hart.

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published: 10/18/2013
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