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Five months after police launched an investigation into a Halloween party at Dillard Excavating in Jackson County, criminal charges have been filed.

On Monday, a grand jury handed down indictments for four Jackson residents who allegedly supplied teenagers with alcohol and knowingly interfered with a police investigation into statutory rape allegations.

After the grand jury's indictments, arrests included:

Austin Trent Davis, 19, of Dillsboro, was charged with a statutory sex offense with defendant older than victim by four years and less than six years. Cody Jenkins, 24, of Sylva, was charged with statutory rape of person 13, 14 or 15 years old; two counts of statutory sex offense with 13, 14 or 15 year old. Michelle Dillard, of Sylva, was charged with felony obstruction of justice. Jimmy Henry of Sylva, a former JCSO deputy, was charged with two counts of felony obstruction of justice.

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Various departments submit monthly reports to the town of Franklin Board of Aldermen. The board receives the reports as part of their monthly agenda packet. The information details the works of the town and different departments in Franklin.

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On Monday night, to a standing room only crowd in town hall, the Franklin Board of Aldermen approved a license agreement to allow The Bowery Restaurant to keep a piece of sidewalk on town property.

The agreement was approved unanimously by the board and included no other discussion other than an opening statement from Franklin Mayor Bob Scott.

"Let me make it clear, there was never any intention to cause any problem for The Bowery," Scott read from a prepared statement. "We welcome The Bowery as a new neighbor.

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Last week Porter Street was temporarily blocked as 11 new tanks were delivered to the Lazy Hiker Brewing Co., bringing the new business one step closer to opening its doors.

After having the 11 tanks custom-made for the brewery, they were delivered and set up in the warehouse in the back of Franklin's old town hall last week. Noah McIntee, head brewer for Franklin's first brewery, said with the addition of the tanks, just one more piece of the puzzle is needed to begin brewing exceptional craft beer.

"These 11 tanks put us a little closer to where we need to be to get the doors open and the beer flowing," said McIntee.

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By state law, Macon County must undergo a financial audit each year, conducted by an outside third party. The audit delves into the records and financial reports of the county to look for any inaccuracies and ensures that all the books add up.

During their February meeting, Macon County commissioners were informed that for yet another year, Macon County was given a "clean audit" report.

The 2014 fiscal year audit was presented to commissioners by Ko Tang Cha- Moses from the auditing firm Martin, Starnes, and Associates. According to Cha-Moses, Macon County received a good report.

"A clean audit means the auditors issued an unmodified opinion - the best opinion they can give," explained Macon County Finance Director Lori Hall. "An unmodified opinion means that the auditors found no material misstatements that led them to believe the financial statements would be misleading to the reader."

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When looking for a job, the Internet can be a great place to search. However, knowing how to search and what sites to look at can be overwhelming. To get advice and guidance, job seekers are invited to a one-hour workshop at the Macon County Public Library on Wednesday, March 4, at 1 p.m. One-on-one help will be available after the class, until 4 p.m.

As part of a partnership between the library and SCC's Educational Opportunities Department, SCC Employability instructor John Mitchell will offer a class at the library for job seekers on how to use the Internet to find and apply for a job. He will discuss not only specific websites and how to use them but also the best techniques for keeping track of your efforts and working efficiently on the search. This onehour class, which will be held in the library’s Board Room.

This workshop is free but space is limited, so reservations are strongly suggested. To reserve a space, or if you have questions, please call the Reference Desk at the Macon County Public Library at (828)524-3600.

In the past week, emergency personnel in Macon County and across western North Carolina have had their hands full with everything from a forest fire to vehicle accidents caused by an ice storm. Working around the clock to keep residents in Macon County safe, both paid and volunteer personnel have more than earned their keep this week.

"All of the emergency responders, both volunteer and career, are an asset to Macon County," said Warren Cabe, Macon County's Emergency Services Director. "Many of them were out late into the night with the recent round of severe weather while most people were safely at home and we really appreciate their efforts."

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With just a little rearranging and a few new walls, Macon County is in the process of making history. After Ashley Welch was elected as District Attorney for the 30th Judicial District last November, Macon officials decided it was important to establish office space for Welch in her home county.

When Welch, who represents the westernmost counties of North Carolina, was elected, she took over the reigns which included an office in Haywood County, which stands as the busiest office in the district. With Macon County being her home county, and in order to have better accessibility to far western counties such as Cherokee and Graham, officials got to work on finding space for Welch.

County Manager Derek Roland informed commissioners earlier this month that for just $1,000 and some rearranging, office space for Welch was available within the courthouse.

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Nicky ListThe Macon County Sheriff's Department is seeking help locating Franklin resident Nicky List.

List, who is identified as a 26-year-old white male, is wanted by the MCSO on charges that include felony breaking and entering, felony larceny, felony larceny after a breaking and entering, felony probation violation, and felony interfering with an electronic monitoring device.

List was serving a probation sentence after being convicted of several local break-ins last March, but cut off his electronic monitoring device last week and is currently on the run from law enforcement officers.

According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections, List was released from incarceration in December and was placed on parole, which is scheduled to end in August 2015. He was given a concurrent probation sentence for his charges and was expected to serve a total of 30 months of supervised probation.

Anyone with information to List's whereabouts are asked to call 911 or contact Macon County Crime stoppers at (828)349-2600.

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