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In a stroke of serious luck, Darren Cagle, 45, of Waynesville, was miraculously saved from drowning last Saturday at Nantahala Lake.Cagle was canoeing with friend Ronnie McClure when he came up missing.

Christine Boyter, a Gastonia nurse, was nearby the ramp that McClure and Cagle were coming into and she noticed Cagle's hat in the water. 

McClure immediately went into the water to find Cagle.  McClure was finally able to locate him and bring him to the surface. 

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New water/sewer plan source of major conflict

Unbeknownst to most, a small civil war has been raging for several months in one of the quieter and more affluent corners of Macon County. Just west of Franklin, Mill Creek Estates has long been a favorite community for retirees and those seeking summer respite.

Tucked in a green valley cradled by the Nantahala National Forest, Mill Creek, with its shady bungalows, manicured lawns and 18- hole golf course, has always seemed more like a peaceful playground than a war zone. But last fall a battle broke out, waged mostly by email, that has threatened to spoil neighborhood relations and to strain the tranquility of lazy afternoons.

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Have the salaries of certified deputies with the Macon County Sheriff's Office kept up with other law enforcement agencies in the region? According to Sheriff Robert Holland, they have not.

During budget negotiations over recent months, Holland had recommended pay increases for the deputies in his department in order to make them more competitive with other law enforcement agencies in the Towns of Franklin and Highlands, as well as in Jackson County. At their June 14 meeting, the Macon County Board of Commissioners agreed to a compromise, raising the salaries of deputies an additional two percent above the three percent cost of living increase approved for all county employees effective July 1.

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Completion date for project set for November 2012

Trent Anderson, the construction supervisor with the NCDOT based in Andrews, is pleased with the progress of the work along Highway 28 North. He says that the work is moving along on schedule and the estimated completion date is set at Nov. 15, 2012.

According to Brian Burch, Division Construction Engineer, some complaints have been received from residents that live north of the project. The main residential concern has been that the road was being made into a four-lane, which Burch says is a “case of misinformation.”

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No charges will be filed in accident

An elderly woman was killed last Friday in a traffic accident on U.S. 441 in Franklin.

According to Franklin Police Department officials, Helen Chapman Hill, 89, was exiting the parking lot of the Macon County Community Facilities Building at approximately 4 p.m. after playing a winning game of bridge there for several hours.

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Suspects captured on surveillance camera at Ingles

Investigators with the Franklin Police Department are searching for two women suspected of stealing a woman’s purse out of her car on Saturday evening and using the money to go on a shopping spree.

At approximately 5:50 p.m., FPD Sergeant Matt Pellicer responded to a 9-1-1 call in reference to the theft of a purse at the Holly Springs shopping center on US 441 North.

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Officers with the Highlands Police Department are searching for a man who attempted to rob a local business on the night of Monday, June 13.

At approximately 10 p.m., while preparing to close down the Farmers Market convenience store, a female clerk was approached by a disguised male at the store entrance and physically directed to empty the cash register. According to reports, the man had never displayed any weapon.

As the man made his way into the store and demanded the money, another patron entered the store and “spooked” the wouldbe robber, according to Highlands Police Chief Bill Harrell. “The man had fled on foot and at this time we do not know which direction he went,” he said. “We’re following any and all leads.” Harrell added that there is a person of interest that investigators have their eye on.

In less than a minute, HPD officers were on scene after the clerk called 9-1-1.

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Authorities in Rabun County arrested a Franklin man Friday night on multiple charges stemming from the theft of a motor vehicle.

At approximately 10:15 p.m., 27- year-old Steven Gerald Knight, of Conley Street, was arrested on Dunlap Street in Clayton, Georgia. Knight was charged with theft by bringing stolen property, theft by taking and failure to appear in court.

Knight’s apprehension stemmed from an incident reported earlier that day, when Franklin Police Department officer Christy Evans responded to a call referencing vandalism at Franklin Ford on US 441 North. According to her report, a concrete entrance post had been found lying in the parking lot of the business, along with other items.

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A federal jury sitting in Bryson City found an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians guilty of fatally shooting Erien Amanda Smith on the reservation on May 18, 2010, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

In a superseding criminal indictment filed on December 7, 2010, James Ernest Lespier, 33, of Cherokee, was charged with one count of first degree murder and one count of use of and carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. After an eight-day trial, the jury returned a guilty verdict on both counts.

U.S. Attorney Tompkins was assisted in the case by Chris Briese, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI, Charlotte Division, and Ben Reed, Chief of the Cherokee Indian Police Department.

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On Tuesday night, the Macon County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the final 2011-2012 budget, which includes the first pay raises county employees have seen since 2008. The pay raises include a three percent salary increase for all county employees plus an additional two percent increase for all deputies of the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Robert Holland, who attended the meeting along with a contingent of some 15 deputies who were there to support him, said he was disappointed by the five percent increase, which fell significantly short of his request. “I’m not happy,” said Holland, responding to the commissioners announcement that they would not be able to fund the requested increases in this year’s budget. “I’m very disappointed by the decision that you all as a board have made.”

 

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published: 10/18/2013
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