61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Dan Forest is a candidate for Lt. Governor of North Carolina. A strong fiscal and social conservative, Forest has over 23 years of experience as a business leader, architect and entrepreneur.

He is a former Senior Partner with one of North Carolina’s largest Architectural firms – Little Diversified Architectural Consulting – having served as President of the firm’s Durham office.

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Benji Lafamm, owner of Cullasaja Campground, lost control of his 2008 Toyota last Friday and struck the side of the campground’s office.

Lafamm struck a row of mailboxes before crashing into the building. He was airlifted to Mission Hospital in Asheville to be treated for internal injuries.

 

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An unidentified white male and female robbed The Whistle Stop Mall Antiques on the Georgia Road on Jan. 5, according to reports from Sgt. Devin Holland with the Franklin Police Department.

Surveillance footage revealed that the couple entered the mall and canvassed the building while appearing to shop. The white female reported watched out for the male subject while he broke into a display case containing jewelry, which included bracelets, rings, pins, earrings, pendants, and other precious metal items such as belt buckles, a vase, and money clips; all of which had significant monetary value. The male suspect stole the items and placed them in his pants pockets.

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The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners will be hosting for the fifth year an essay contest on county government. The topic of the essay is, “How does my county government improve the lives of its citizens?”

The annual contest is open to 9th and 10th grade students in North Carolina public and charter schools. Students are asked to write a 500-word essay. The entry deadline is April 30, 2012. The winning student and the teacher who submits the winning essay will each win $500 and will be recognized at a meeting of their county’s board of commissioners.

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Last Thursday afternoon, Jan. 5, a two car accident occurred off of the Highlands Road exit ramp in Franklin.

According to Franklin Police Officer Dwayne Cabe, a 1989 Chevrolet Celebrity driven by June Conley, 80, of Franklin, collided with a Ford F-150 driven by Chuck Cocke, 50, also of Franklin.

Witnesses to the accident told law enforcement officials at the scene that Conley ran a red light and struck Cocke's vehicle. Cocke is an employee with City Plumbing and Electric Supply.

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Democratic Senator seeking reelection, this time as challenger.

Former state Democratic Senator John Snow announced Tuesday that he will be seeking reelection to his former seat in the 50th Senatorial District that covers Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties. Incumbent Senator Jim Davis defeated Snow in 2010 by a slim margin of 161 votes, which could make for an interesting campaign season this summer and fall.

 

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Newsmakers & Top Headlines of the Year (continued from the Jan. 5th issue)

July

The Macon County Board of Commissioners appointed school board member Gary Shields to fill a vacancy on the Southwestern Community College’s Board of Trustees in July.

Shields, former principal of Franklin High School, was appointed to complete the term of Charles Leatherman, who resigned from the SCC board effective June 1. Shields’ term is set to expire on June 30, 2012.

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The Macon County Board of Commissioners recognized county employees for their service and dedication at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Once a year, commissioners host a reception in honor of employees reaching the 10, 15, 20 and 25 year mark in their career with the county.

Each employee received special recognition before the monthly board meeting and were presented with a pin and a plaque to commemorate their accomplishments.

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The Town of Franklin hopes to be able to announce the new Police Chief by the first of February, said Ashley Hyder, human resource officer for the Town.

The search to replace Chief Terry Bradley after he announced his retirement back in September began on Oct. 1. After 25 years of service to Macon County and 18 years as Franklin’s Police Chief, Terry Bradley announced that his last day with the Town will be on Jan. 27, 2012.

“I have had a wonderful career,” said Bradley. “The citizens of Franklin and of Macon County are great people to have served, and it has been a pleasure serving them.”

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Two weeks after receiving notification of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant, the Macon County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved of the designated 10 percent grant match of $232,634 during its regular scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10. In order to receive the grant, given and allocated out by the NCDOT Division of Aviation, Macon County and the state each had to pitch in 10 percent of the total project cost of $2,326,340. The grant match will be appropriated from the county’s fund balance.

The size of the grant is warranted due to the fact that the parking apron has not seen any improvements since the 1970s, according to officials with the Division of Aviation and Milles Gregory, chairman of Macon County’s Airport Authority.

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