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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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When North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue, a Democrat serving her first term in office, presented her budget to the legislature last summer, counties were alarmed at the details of her plan. Gov. Perdue’s proposed budget would have shifted more than $100 million of unfunded liabilities to counties, according to estimates provided by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) last March.

Gov. Perdue’s budget proposal had no chance at becoming law, but as state officials continue to cope with budgetary constraints, some county leaders are wary of what may lie ahead. North Carolina, unlike the federal government, is required to submit and pass a balanced budget. As a consequence, when revenues plummet during recessions, state policymakers are forced to either raise taxes or make cuts, and sometimes do both. Counties and municipalities within North Carolina are forced to do the same. The GOP-led state legislature, thus far, has chosen to exclusively concentrate on scaling back state spending.

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At their last scheduled meeting for 2011, which took place on Tuesday, Dec.13, Macon County Commissioners unanimously voted to accept Jimmy Tate to fill the District 1 seat of Highlands vacated by former Chairman Brian McClellan. Tate was nominated by the county’s GOP executive committee at a special meeting last week. Tate will serve on the board throughout 2012 and will be up for reelection in November.

The Board of Commissioners also voted on a new Chairman. Republican Commissioner Kevin Corbin will step into the leadership role in 2012.

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After continued community concern, school board members once again discussed the cost analysis of the fall intersession, at December’s regularly scheduled board meeting. Board members also discussed the possibility of canceling the spring intersession all together.

During November’s meeting, board member Jim Breedlove requested that the topic of intersession be placed on December’s agenda and requested further information including cost, expenditures and revenue in regards to the fall intersession.

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On Monday, a Nantahala woman filed three separate temporary civil no-contact orders against fellow community members, after her 15-year-old daughter alleged that an elected official had inappropriate physical contact with her. The family is now claiming they are victims of intimidation.

Melonie Elkins-Howard filed the orders against Macon County Board of Education member Thomas Baldwin, his daughter Melissa Baldwin and Heather Evans. District Court Judge Richlyn Holt issued one of the orders for Melissa, but found no grounds to issue the orders on Thomas Baldwin or Evans.

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With this summer’s completion of the newly expanded airport runway, and the construction of the new Iotla Elementary school expected for spring of next year, the area north of Franklin is steadily developing. With this in mind, officials with the Airport Authority, Macon County Board of Commissioners and the Town of Franklin are jointly seeking to bring municipal water to the burgeoning area.

The goal of getting a steady water supply to the area is nothing new.

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