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Town of Franklin Mayor Bob Scott stopped by Macon Early College (MEC) on Wednesday morning to join instructor Eric Jackson's environmental science class.

Scott discussed the role of local government with the students.

Photo by Travis Tallent

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, March 29, a Republican candidates forum will be held in the Community Building in Franklin. Candidates or their representatives running for local seats as well as the U.S. Senate will be present. Macon GOP Chair Carla Miller says, “So often voters feel they don’t know the candidates and have not been exposed to information beyond the ads and signs. This is a great opportunity to shake hands with the candidates and ask them questions. Voters can find out which candidates represent the views and have the backgrounds they believe suits the office.”

Macon GOP Vice-Chair Vince West is coordinating the event. “We are offering candidates and Macon County voters this platform to learn from each other. Candidates or their representatives will speak to the audience, but there will be meet-and-greet sessions as well. Voters have this event to help them make decisions for the May 6 primary.”

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The Macon County Airport Authority held its monthly meeting on Tuesday evening. Erik Rhysdon of W.K. Dickson, a consulting firm out of Charlotte, updated the board on grants that have been sought from the state in regards to the runway widening that is set to begin within the next month or so.

“We've compiled the numbers and got the paperwork for the grants turned in,” said Rhysdon. “With that, next Tuesday (April, 1), we're going to have a meeting here with the contractor to go over pre-construction plans and the construction schedule with him. After that, hopefully on Tuesday we can sit down and nail down a start date hopefully within the week or two weeks after.”

He also discussed plans to approach other companies that specialize in airport beacons because the company that formerly worked on and provided the beacons has halted production on them for the time being.

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On Thursday, April 10, the League of Women Voters of Macon County will sponsor a forum for candidates for county commission. The public is invited. The meeting will be held at noon at Tartan Hall in Franklin.

One seat is open in District 1. Michael Rogers (D), John Shearl (R), and incumbent James Tate (R) are running for the seat. In District 2, incumbent Ronnie Beale (D), incumbent Ron Haven (R), John Martin (L), and Gary Shields (R) are running for two available seats.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization focused on voter education and citizen participation in government. This will be an educational forum, not a rally, and campaign signs are not allowed.

Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

Last Wednesday, Judge Bradley B. Letts sentenced Frank Kelly Pruitt, 63, to an active sentence of eight to 10 years for the 2012 second degree murder of Pruitt’s son, James Robert Pruitt, 34.

"There are no winners at the conclusion of these proceedings because the fact remains that two parents played an active part in the death of their son,” said Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland of the ruling. “Their poor decisions and their actions created a great loss for their whole family especially their grandchildren. This tragedy could have been prevented if the adults involved would have acted like responsible adults. If Mr. and Mrs. Pruitt would have taken advantage of the opportunity to be good parents they would not be residing in our state's prison and their grandchildren would still have their father."

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New business touts potential of revitalizing downtown.

The Franklin Board of Aldermen held a special called meeting on Tuesday, March 18 to consider a new offer on town owned property that once served as Town Hall and a possible bridge design.

To begin, local businessmen Lenny Jordan and Ken Murphy of Lazy Hiker, LLC approached the board to present a lease agreement with an option to buy the property. Their goal: To bring Franklin its first microbrewery.

According to the proposed lease, the Lazy Hiker Brewery would offer “a tap room, a distillery, a restaurant, offices, or retail space.” Murphy spoke at the meeting in order to give the board a more detailed presentation of the business and the lease.

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Two Republicans reveal reasons for seeking the seat.

With the conclusion of the filing period for the 2014 election, candidates are gearing up for the campaign season. While many candidates will not see their name on the ballot until the November general election, several local and state offices will have a primary in May to decide between candidates of the same party.

The Macon County News will present candidate profiles on all primary candidates between now and May, and will then profile candidates vying for seats in November.

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Macon County Sheriff's Office detective Amy Stewart recently received honors from the North Carolina Department of Justice. The award, the Advanced Deputy Professional Law Enforcement Certificate was presented by the N.C. Sheriff's Education and Training Standards Commission on March 5, 2014.

Stewart, who has worked with the sheriff's office for nearly 20 years, said she was honored to gain the recognition.

“I've worked hard to achieve this, but I did it so that I could have the skills to do my job better and to help the community as much as I can. I look forward to continuing to work hard for the betterment of the area that we live in,” she said.

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The most important job you have as a parent is keeping your child safe. Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car accidents. In the United States during 2011, more than 650 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 148,000 were injured.

The western North Carolina community has come together to help host Buckle Up, Baby!, a free car seat safety clinic to help battle the alarming statistics.

Local law enforcement officers along with Angel Medical Center and Safe Kids NC have teamed up to host Buckle Up, Baby! to provide families in western North Carolina with the opportunity to get their car seat checked by certified car seat technicians.

 

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The Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Highlands Police Department and Franklin Police Department will participate in Operation Medicine Drop (OMD) on Saturday, March 22. OMD is a partnership of Safe Kids North Carolina, NC State Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement agencies, to encourage the disposal of unused, unwanted and expired medications.

OMD helps prevent accidental poisonings, overdoses and drug abuse while protecting our environment. Since 2010, more than 50 million dosage units have been collected.

On Saturday, March 22, medications will be collected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kmart and Walmart in Franklin; and Highlands Pharmacy and Main Street Pharmacy in Highlands.

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published: 10/18/2013
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