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During the November meeting of the Macon County Board of Education, long-time board member Tommy Baldwin was honored for his service to the students in the county.

Baldwin, who has served a combined 28 years on the Board of Education, represented District three, Nantahala.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Jim Duncan (left) and Board member Tommy Cabe (right) presented Baldwin (middle) with a plaque in appreciation for his service.

A Burningtown man charged with murdering his son has made bail this week.

Ricky Fouts, 52, was charged with second degree murder after he allegedly shot his 30-year-old son Cy Levi Fouts after a family dispute lead to his death on the evening of November 13. The father was arrested and held in Macon County Sheriff’s Office custody on a $125,000 secured bond.

On Monday, Nov. 26, bail bondsman Darlene Ensley posted bail releasing Ricky Fouts from custody at approximately 10:24 a.m. As part of the condition of his release, Fouts is to have no contact with incident witness Julia Hixon.

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Commissioner Bobby Kuppers sat on the Board of Commissioners for his last meeting on Nov. 20, and in between continuing to work with the best interest of Maconians in mind, the board took time to recognize Kuppers for his four years of service to the county.

Fellow commissioners and other county employees who spoke of their time working with Kuppers, commended him for the level of integrity and intelligence he brought to the Board of County Commissioners and his diligence to always, regardless if it was what was favorable, stand up for the people he was in office to represent.

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After fostering and eventually adopting a pet of their own from the Macon County Animal Control last year, Ken and Tammy Sigler have made it their mission to help find homes for the cats and dogs at the shelter.

“My husband Ken and myself have been volunteering at Animal Control for a few weeks now. It all began a year ago at Pumpkinfest,” remembers Tammy. “We saw a beautiful, but very abused, dog named Teddybear, disguised as a bumblebee at their "Last Chance" Pet Adoption downtown. We took him home as a foster pet and after several months of working with him, decided that we could not be without him in our lives.”

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Macon County has been awarded federal funds through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Macon County has been chosen to receive $17,667 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army; American Red Cross; The Jewish Federations of North America; Catholic Charities, U.S.A.; National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A; and United Way Worldwide. The local board is charged with distributing funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

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A Franklin man has been charged with numerous offenses stemming from a burglary in south Macon.

On Nov. 16, Justin Kyle Hodgins, 25, of South Skeenah Road was arrested after initially being spotted attempting to break nto a home in South Macon.

According to reports, Macon County Sheriff’s Officer Tracy Burt received a call on the morning of the incident advising that a man was attempting to break into a home on Sunset Ridge Road. The suspect was allegedly attempting to unscrew the security lights at the residence, however the suspect was gone before Burt arrived. Hodgins was reportedly driving an older model black Honda Accord Sedan.

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Macon County’s IT director Andy Muncey has successfully graduated from the 2012 Certified Government Chief Information Officers Program™ at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government.

The CGCIO™ program is the first local government specific program for CIOs in the nation and began in 2005. The program is designed for local government Chief Information Officers and Information Technology Directors whose challenging responsibilities require a broad understanding of management, leadership, legal, regulatory, and enterprise topics.\

The course is approximately 240 hours in length and course instruction covers strategic technology planning, communication, project management, emerging trends, risk assessment and management, acquisition management, change management, leadership, security, legal issues and financial trends.

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Jackie Downs rides the cherry picker to hang the snowflake lights on poles around Franklin. Wreaths and bows have gone up downtown and the tree will go up later this week in time for the tree lighting ceremony on the square in downtown Franklin on Friday.

See a full slate of Christmas activities after the jump and see the holiday calendar of events in our pull-out Christmas Gift Guide in the center of this week's issue.

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The Macon County Sheriff’s Office has issued a statement regarding an incident which occurred at Macon Middle School Friday morning.

Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland states that, “At no time was any student or any other person in any danger.”

A student told another student that he/she had found what he/she believed to be a “pipe bomb” and this was subsequently reported to school personnel. The Sheriff’s Office and other first responders were notified and initiated an investigation. The initial information available did not indicate that any device was on school property. However in an abundance of caution, a portion of the campus was treated as a crime scene and thoroughly searched by deputies and no explosive device was discovered.

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A Burningtown family is mourning the loss of 30-yearold Cy Levi Fouts after a family dispute lead to his death Tuesday evening. According to police reports, the Macon County Sheriff's office responded to a 911 call a little after 6 p.m. on Tuesday from Cecelia Carpenter who advised police that Cy Levi Fouts had been arguing with his father, Ricky Fouts, 52, throughout the day and police intervention was needed.

According to police reports, Carpenter called and advised that Ricky and Levi were intoxicated and had been fighting with each other all day. Carpenter advised that Levi had called her to inform her of the confrontation. According to the 911 transcripts, Carpenter said that Ricky had threatened Levi earlier Tuesday with a gun and had even fired the gun at Levi last week.

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