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Patterson appointed as newest member

The Macon County Board of Commissioners filled two vacancies on the Planning Board during Tuesday night’s meeting.

After the Board of Commissioners approved new three year term limits for the Planning Board in February, two members of the Planning Board faced expinning terms on April 23, 2012. After years of service on the board, both Susan Ervin’s and Mark West's terms expired last month, and both members submitted applications for reappointment.

West, who has served on the Planning Board for numerous years and served Macon County as a former County Commissioner, originally submitted an application for reappointment, but after being informed that seven other individuals had also submitted applications for the volunteer board, told commissioners that he wanted to withdraw his application.


During a special called meeting of the Macon County Board of Education Monday morning, Otto resident, Dr. Finley James Duncan was named as the interim superintendent, pending background checks and a salary negotiation.

“I appreciate the confidence of the board and the opportunity to serve Macon County as the interim superintendent,” said Dr. Duncan on Tuesday morning. “I hope to provide some direction and guidance for the district while the board searches for someone to take on the full time position.”

Although he has enjoyed retirement since 2006, Dr. Duncan felt that his 43 years of experience with the public education system could benefit Macon County schools while they search for a permanent replacement for Dr. Dan Brigman. Last week, Dr. Brigman notified the board of his resignation to assume a position as the Superintendent of Catawba County Schools on July 1.


A two vehicle accident occurred last Friday on 441N, Sylva Hwy.

Lolita Garber, from Franklin, made a left turn out of the Gem Show in front of Judith Bryant from Tiger, Ga. who was traveling north. The two vehicles collided. Garber’s vehicle came to rest on the roadway and Bryant's vehicle traveled off to the left and collided with an embankment.

Lolita Garber was given a citation for failure to yield.

Lolita Garber, Judith Bryant, and Harold Bryant, who was a passenger, were all transported to Angel Medical by Macon County EMS.


Dillsboro woman pleads guilty in child abuse case

A Dillsboro woman charged with felony child abuse for inflicting serious bodily harm to her step-granddaughter entered a guilty plea last Tuesday, May 8, in Jackson County Superior Court.

Lisa Plank Hart, 45, pleaded guilty to a Class C felony of child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, and faces a maximum of 228 months in jail.


Macon County citizens headed to the polls on Tuesday and voted to run all three county commissioners up for re-election on the ballot in November. According to the unofficial results, incumbents Jimmy Tate (R- District I), Kevin Corbin (R-District II), and Bobby Kuppers (D-District III) each beat out their challengers in the primary and will run for re-election in November. Corbin and Tate will likely run unopposed.


Each of the four alcohol related measures on the ballot in Jackson County passed, with voters coming out in favor of alcohol sales being permitted countywide, making Jackson only the third county in Western North Carolina to have countywide sales. Jackson residents voted to allow the on-premises and off-premises sale of malt beverages, unfortified wine, the operation of ABC stores and the sale of mixed beverages in hotels, restaurants, private clubs, community theaters and convention centers countywide.


At noon on Saturday, May 4, 1957, Franklin residents gathered around their radios and turned the dial to 1050 for the very first time to listen to the launch of WFSC-AM. Last Friday, 55 years to the day that Franklin's First Voice got its start, the power switch was flipped and for the first time, the radio station could be heard from down in Clayton to Waynesville and even parts of Pigeon Forge.

Just in time to celebrate WFSCAM's 55th birthday, the radio station completed a nearly three-year process of upgrading the station’s frequency to 5,000 watts in order to provide a clearer signal to reach a wider audience.


Apology will not be made to EBCI

The Franklin Town of Aldermen decided that no apology needed to be sent to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for the maintenance decision on the Nikwasi Indian Mound.

During Monday night’s Aldermen meeting, board member Bob Scott read a letter he had drafted apologizing to the Chief Michell Hicks of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for what he viewed as an impromptu decision to kill the grass on the mound and replant eco-grass to cut down on maintenance costs. After reading the letter to the board, Scott made a motion to send the Cherokee the formal letter, but did not receive a second vote from any of the board members, so the motion died.


Paige Roberson to assume the position July 1.

Sylva’s Town Board named twentyfive year old Jackson County native Paige Roberson as the new town manager last Thursday.

Roberson, who currently serves as Sylva's Main Street Economic Development director and director for the Downtown Sylva Association (DSA), became an assistant to interim Town Manager Mike Morgan in April. Her first official day in her new position will be July 1.

“I am extremely grateful and humbled to be hired as the new town manager,” said Roberson. “I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the town that I grew up in and love so much.” Roberson will replace Morgan, who was hired after forced resignation of previous Town Manager Adrienne Isenhower, last September.


A motorcycle accident occurred on the Sylva Road. at 10:34 a.m. on Wednesday. Taylor Ross Green from Nicholson, Ga. was traveling North on the Sylva Road, on his 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle, when Zona Balcom Coe from Westminister, S.C., turned in front of Green in a 2008 Ford Expedition, as she was trying to turn into Car City Mini Mart. Green hit the Expedition on the right side of the bumper causing him to crash his motorcycle. Green was transported to Mission Hospital by MAMA. Coe was charged with failure to yield. Officer Paul Bourcq of the Franklin Police Department was the investigating officer.


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