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Adds 22 new guestrooms and additional outdoor heated mineral pool

Old Edwards Inn and Spa announces the addition of 22 new guestrooms and an outdoor heated mineral pool to meet the growing demand for accommodations. The Forbes Four-Star property broke ground on the project Nov. 7,. Scheduled for completion the first quarter of 2013, the addition will bring the hotel’s room count to 90. The new mineral pool will be the third at the resort; the second pool was completed in 2009 as part of the Old Edwards Club golf addition.

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Brittney Parker – Staff Writer The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen have requested that the ABC Committee identify three possible locations for the Town's ABC store to relocate to before they make a decision on whether or not to renew the current store’s lease.

For the past 17 years, the store has been leasing a 6,500 square foot space from Macon Plaza for approximately $6,069.76 per month. In December, Todd Mason, ABC store manager, informed the Town Aldermen that Centro Properties Group (the firm responsible for managing the plaza) proposed raising the monthly rent by 10 percent when the store's lease is up next November.

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) configured a contract in June of 2010 to implement improvements along a two-and-a-half mile stretch of NC Hwy 28, and since that time, the project has seen only minor revisions, according to reports from the NCDOT. The state DOT website reveals that the project is fifty percent complete and is on schedule to conclude this November, which is close to the originally planned completion date.

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On January 19th, 2012 the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office competed in the 2012 N.C. D.A.R.E Officers Association Conference car show in Wilmington, N.C.

D.A.R.E Officer Sgt. Johnny Hollifield attended the conference as well as 60+ D.A.R.E. Officers from all across the state of North Carolina to receive training in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education curriculum as well as related topics. Among the week’s events was a D.A.R.E. car show. The cars entered were voted on by other officers and we are proud to announce that Jackson County Sheriff took 1st place.

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On January 23, 2012, deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspects and charged them with multiple charges after determining they had in their possession stolen items from a construction site in Waynesville and stolen items from the HUB (Jackson County School of Alternatives). Reports were filed on Monday morning about a breaking and entering and larceny that had occurred over the weekend at the HUB. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the suspects on the evening of January 23, 2012 and found items that were stolen from the two mentioned locations.

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any suspect involved in a recent string of vehicle break-ins and related larcenies in Jackson County.

Areas that were primarily targeted were in the Savannah Community.

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In a continuation meeting held on Saturday, Jan. 14, county commissioners convened at Southwestern Community College’s Cecil Groves Building to discuss their goals for 2012. Commissioners also took steps to begin reviewing how the planning board operates.

The controversy surrounding the planning board stems from heated debates among planning board members on proposed steep slope regulations. That particular debate, which is still ongoing, has been cumbersome and controversial. After months of wrangling over the issue, the planning board decided to hold off on submitting a drafted steep slope ordinance to the board last year, and moved on to other issues where they could reach a consensus.

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Commissioners ask NCDOT to clarify McCoy Bridge offer

The decade-long debate surrounding the McCoy Bridge controversy seems to be drawing to a close. The compromise worked out between the board and the NCDOT will likely be realized at some point this year, based on the board’s conversation about the latest NCDOT proposal at their meeting in early January. The letter, written by DOT construction engineer, Brian C. Burch, to county manager Jack Horton suggests that state transportation officials will agree to last year’s compromise.

 

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When the Macon County Board of Commissioners met last Saturday at the Cecil Groves Building at Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus, they talked about the county’s finances and their concerns looking ahead to this year.

One major issue, brought to the board’s attention by county manager Jack Horton, was funding for Macon County Schools (MCS). Normally, the county designates approximately 50 percent of its general fund budget to MCS, and for this fiscal year, the county budgeted about $6.7 million. However, as many citizens are well aware of, these are not “normal” economic times. Nearly two million dollars worth of federal funds used in the past several years by MCS will have dried up by the end of 2012, and with a $459 million K-12 education reduction in last year’s state budget, Macon County School Board officials may have to ask the county to ante up some more funds going into the next school year.

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On Monday night, at 8:56, a call came into dispatch that a car had rolled into the Little Tennessee River on the Greenway, at 730 Riverview St. Tony Ashe, from the Franklin Police Department, was called to investigate. He determined that the car accidently rolled into the river and no charges were filed. George Bell, the driver of the 2001 Pontiac Firebird, said he thought he had a flat tire so he stopped to investigate at the top of an access road that leads down to the Greenway.

Willard Mason, of Franklin, a passenger in the car, got out and then Bell followed. After the two left the vehicle, the car began to roll down the hill, striking Mason on the leg and foot. Mason was treated by Macon County EMS officials and transported to Angel Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

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