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Seventy five Franklin area youth and more than 60 adults participated in this year’s 30-Hour Famine event, a worldwide movement to help fight global hunger, collecting a record amount of food and funds for local and global relief agencies.

By the final count, participants collected $2,247 for World Vision, a national relief agency that focuses on feeding the world’s poorest children. On a local level, the students raised $1,031 in donations and more than 8,000 cans of food for Franklin relief agency CareNet — all on an empty stomach.

 

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The Highlands Town Board met at 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 2, in a special called session to once again discuss a revision to Town ordinances and the Town Charter. The revisions would, in essence, give the Town Manager the authority to hire and fire the Police chief and the Planning Director/Zoning Administrator. The decision to call the special session was made too late to publish in local media but was posted, however, in Town Hall.

Discussion about these changes has been ongoing for several months. Currently, the Town Manager has hiring/firing authority over all Town personnel with the exception of those two. The Police Chief and the Planning Director/Zoning Administrator serve at the pleasure of the Town Board.

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The Franklin Main Street Program is moving forward with plans recommended by a 2010 market analysis.

Program members discussed the objectives in establishing downtown signage along major corridors, way-finding for visitors and a shop crawl for district business owners.

A shop crawl is an initiative that would familiarize downtown retailers on what other businesses have to offer, so they can better provide references for customers. MSP chair Janet Greene said no definite plans had been made yet.

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Authorities in Jackson County are investigating the discovery of human remains in Cashiers. The Sheriff’s Office is trying to determine whether the body is that of a man who was reported missing last winter.

On Feb. 21, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of possible human remains discovered in the Mill Creek area of Glenville. The call came in at approximately 12:33 p.m. by Sallie Clawson, who advised that a human skeleton was found in the yard of 2396 Mill Creek Road, according to initial dispatch reports.

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A Jackson County woman was shot and killed in the early morning hours of Feb. 18 by her uncle, who allegedly mistook her for an intruder, according to Jackson authorities.

Sometime before 3:30 a.m., 24-year-old Hannah Kathryn Frey entered her uncle’s residence on 62 Southview Meadow in the Whittier community. According to a statement by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, officers were notified that she was accidentally shot by her uncle in the neck upon entering the home.

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The Little Tennessee Watershed Association is one step closer to protecting the Little Tennessee River from the threat of losing its headwaters. On Feb. 22, the Rabun County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution in favor of regulating interbasin transfers.

With the declaration, the river stands a chance at remaining a water source for the communities through which it flows, rather than becoming a source of water for rapidly developing cities, such as Atlanta, LTWA executive director Jenny Sanders said on Tuesday.

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As the extension of the Macon County Airport runway moves forward, the Macon County Airport Authority has received estimates for the construction of aircraft hangars as part of the expansion of the airport.

Airport Authority member Harold Corbin reported at last Tuesday’s meeting that the cost to construct 13 hangars would be an estimated $861,000. That estimate includes three 65’ by 60’ hangars and ten “T” hangars for smaller, single engine airplanes. Corbin said that the cost for the three large hangars would be approximately $151,000, while roughly $710,000 would be needed to build the smaller hangars.

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North Carolina lawmakers are looking at a bill that would ban cell phone use for people driving a motor vehicle.

The bill is akin to previous laws passed that were designed to raise highway safety. Last year the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law that made it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to talk on a cell phone while driving. During the same session, the General Assembly also passed a bill that prohibits all drivers from texting while driving.

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The Mr. and Miss FHS Court has been selected for the 2010-11 school year.

The court was nominated by the teachers of Franklin High School and voted on by the student body to represent each grade level.

 

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‘I hope to God I didn't kill anyone.’

A woman who crossed over into oncoming traffic and collided with a tractor-trailer truck after falling asleep at the wheel Friday morning is in critical condition but expected to recover. By Friday afternoon, Megan Ehrenkaufer, born 1990, of Scaly Mountain, N.C., was in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville.

A call to 9-1-1 came in at 7:55 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 18 reporting a two-vehicle collision 8.4 miles south of the Franklin city limits on Hwy. 441/Georgia Rd. Ehrenkaufer, a former student of Highlands School, was traveling north on the highway when she veered into oncoming traffic in her 2001 Kia and plowed into the side of a tractor-trailer traveling south.

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