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Final approval of the plan will follow a public hearing scheduled for May 17

After nearly two years of intensive labor by the Macon County Planning Board and a number of other all-volunteer advisory sub-committees, a comprehensive plan for development and growth in the county for the next 20 years has been delivered to the board of commissioners.

At a meeting of the commissioners on Tuesday, county planner Derek Roland presented the plan, a 164-page document which includes an exhaustive analysis of the county’s history, population and economic trends and gives recommendations for future growth in five major areas. Roland read the names of the more than 50 committee volunteers, including the 11 members of the planning board, who collectively invested more than 1,000 hours over the past year to produce the plan.

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A affiliation agreement between Angel Medical Center and Mission Health System in Asheville is set to be finalized in the coming months, according to retiring Angel CEO Tim Hubbs. Hubbs, who announced his plan to retire last week, said he believed an announcement on the partnership would come before he officially steps down from his position sometime next fall.

Discussion of a partnership between the medical providers has been under discussion for almost a year. “Our staff and our board, as well as those at Mission, have worked diligently over the last few months to develop a mutually beneficial relationship,” said Hubbs. “We want a win-win. We want something good for Mission, but we also want something good for our community, where we have local input, local decision authority on key items.”

Hubbs says agreement has already been reached on most issues and that now the parties are mostly focused on legal matters.

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The American Indian allegory of a thousand mile journey beginning with the first step was very appropriate for The Macon County Veterans’ Memorial Committee back in 2007.

A few dedicated individuals started such a journey with a concept.

Now they have completed many milestones with the help and support of their fellow veterans, families, local businesses, and Macon County, the Town of Franklin, and the Town of Highlands.

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Form will add vehicle property tax information in 2013

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is now mailing a larger, more detailed vehicle registration renewal form designed for easier reading and offering additional information about payment, inspections and plate recalls. The new form has also been designed so that vehicle property tax information can be added in compliance with a law scheduled to take effect in 2013.

The renewal notices provide information about passing vehicle inspections no more than 90 days before the license plate expires. They also notify vehicle owners when their license plate is slated for replacement because of age or wear. Exchanging old plates ensures proper visibility and is required by law.

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The Friends of the Greenway have been informed that sewer construction in areas adjacent to Tassee Shelter and its parking lot off Ulco Drive will begin the week of April 25.

According to the construction contractor, the public will not have access to the parking lot or to the Shelter for a minimum of three weeks.

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Mountain Mediation Services will hold a three-day Community Mediation Training May 24, 25 and 26, in Bryson City, for individuals who want to learn neutral ways to mediate conflict in their workplaces, families, churches, community organizations and neighborhoods.

The training will be held at the Bryson City United Methodist Chuch, 76 Main Street, Bryson City, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day. The fee of $195 covers all materials, the training, and the snacks and beverages provided throughout the day.

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Juan’s motorbike sputtered to a near standstill as we bounced up yet another rocky hill. I felt the throttle release and prepared for the downshift that would send the bike lurching forward and nearly topple me backwards onto the gouged up excuse for a “dirt” road behind us. Fifteen hundred miles from home, one kilometer to La Sevita.


Perhaps I should back up for a moment.

In the fall of 2008, I traveled with my family to India for two months. To say the very least, that trip opened my eyes. I had heard the term “global water crisis” thrown around in a couple of my science classes at Franklin High School, but to me it had always been some obscure event far from the here and now.

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The Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen are having a tough time figuring out whether or not they should adopt a floodplain ordinance for the town.

In the event of a major flood, the delay could cost property owners who do not qualify for federal protections from flooding. But the same property owners, wary of the extra cost of the FEMA program, dispute recent floodplain maps released by the federal agency.

On Monday, aldermen held a continuation meeting and explored the matter. Aldermen decided not to make a decision on whether they support adopting an ordinance, but commissioned another study to question the accuracy of FEMA’s designated floodplains.

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In an effort to draw more tourists from the Atlanta market, the Tourism Development Authority has launched the first of a series of TV spots advertising the highlights and attractions of the Town of Franklin.

Produced by local artist, Michael Rogers, in partnership with Tony Angel, a local web designer and marketing consultant, the first advertisement began airing last week and is set to run for three more weeks. The spot, which Angel calls a teaser, uses various still photographs and some video of local events, places of interest and the area's natural beauty to attract visitors Franklin.

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Extortion, imprisonment among the charges

Two Franklin men have been arrested and are currently in Macon County Sheriff’s Office custody after authorities received a call regarding the invasion of a home on Wild Meadows Road.

Officers Bryant Hodgin, Jonathan Phillips and Patrick Merrit responded to a call from the residence reporting extortion and imprisonment.

On Tuesday, Nathaniel Joshua Cabe, 27, and Ian Thomas Spies, 22, were arrested near South Macon Elementary after being stopped by Hodgin. After initially being spotted in a grey Mitsubishi car matching the victim’s description, both suspects attempted to flee Hodgin, who eventually captured Cabe.

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