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The Franklin Police Department has named Patrol Officer Timothy Lynn the 2013 Office of the Year.

“The Franklin PD is made up of a great group off men and women,” said Lynn. “They are dedicated to their jobs as law enforcement officers, and they are good at what they do. It was an honor to be chosen among them as the officer of the year.”

Each FPD employee was given a ballot and was able to submit it anonymously, to help make the voting more even handed.

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Newly-elected aldermen Barbara McRae and Patti Hallyburton Abel joined the other members of the Franklin Town Board Monday night along with new mayor, Bob Scott.

The new board set to work right away when Town Planner Derek Roland brought to their attention an application to amend the text of the Unified Development Ordinance for Outdoor Display of Goods. The action that would be taken at the meeting would be whether or not to send the application to the Town Planning Board for its consideration and recommendations.

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Last Tuesday night Macon County Commissioners unanimously voted to hire Franklin native Derek Roland as the next county manager. The application process to replace long-time county manager Jack Horton began after Horton announced his retirement earlier this year. For the past three months, commissioners reviewed the 38 applications received and carefully considered each applicant's requirements. After narrowing the applicant pool to two individuals and conducting extensive interviews with both candidates, the unanimous decision was made to offer the job to Roland at an annual salary of $100,000.

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At the Franklin Board of Aldermen meeting that took place Monday night, new board members Barbara McRae and Patti Hallyburton Abel joined incumbents Joyce Handley, Verlin Curtis, Farrell Jamison, and Billy Mashburn who was re-elected in the November election. New mayor Bob Scott also took the helm for the first time at the meeting.

To open, each member told the rest of the board and the members of the public who had gathered in the meeting room their hopes for the future of the Town of Franklin.

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In the last week, a four-month-old baby girl and an 82-year-old woman lost their lives due to traffic accidents. Last Sunday, Fia Barton Scheyer of Franklin was pronounced dead at Angel Medical Center after she was struck by another vehicle on U.S. 64. Scheyer, who had come to a stop, was struck by Abelardo Heredia shortly after noon on Sunday. A head-on collision which occurred on the Highlands Road Monday night claimed the life of four-month-old Lindsay Cardenas and sent two others to the hospital.

Reports show that Cardenas was traveling in a white sedan with her mother, Angelina Feria-Cruz on U.S. 64 near the intersection of Sugarfork Road when a white pick-up truck driven by Kenneth Wayne Pearce crossed the center line and struck the car head-on.

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Macon County Department of Social Services (DSS) will accept applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program known as LIHEAP beginning Monday, Dec. 2 and running through Jan. 31. LIHEAP provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help those eligible with their heating expense.

To be eligible a household must have either:

  • An elderly person ages 60 and above OR;
  • A disabled person receiving SSI, SSA, or VA disability AND receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS)

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Recent chilly temperatures remind us that winter is on the way. Now cold-hearted scammers are using the threat of a power cutoff to try to scare some consumers into paying bills they don’t actually owe.

Not long ago we warned you about a similar scam aimed at customers of the state’s largest electrical utility company. Now, the crooks are targeting consumers served by North Carolina’s electrical cooperatives.

The scammers tell customers that they owe money on their utility bill, and that their power will be disconnected if they do not pay immediately. The consumer is told to purchase a pre-paid credit card and provide the card’s account number, or send the card by mail.

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Shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday morning, Western Carolina University in Cullowhee sent out an alert to a students urging them to stay away from the commercial strip on campus for reason of a fire in the vicinity. The school did not cancel classes and there were no injuries reported as a result of the incident.

“We certainly are grateful that no one was injured during this incident, neither the owners and employees of the businesses nor the firefighters and first responders who rushed to the scene,” said WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher. “Our thoughts are with our friends and neighbors who own and work at these establishments.”

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On Saturday afternoon, the Macon County Sheriff's Office began what would result in an 18-hour standoff following a hostage situation in the Oak Grove community.

Sheriff Robbie Holland informed media outlets of the situation on Saturday to let the community know that law enforcement officers were on the scene and the community was not at risk.

Shortly after daylight on Sunday morning, law enforcement took Robert Childs, 51, into custody and charged him with felonious breaking and entering, 2nd degree kidnapping, and domestic criminal trespassing. According to reports, the home Childs broke into was the residence of his estranged wife and son. Childs reportedly lives on the same property but in a different residence. To gain access into the home, Childs broke down the front door using an axe.

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County looking at options as landfill nears capacity.

County leaders met Tuesday night to discuss the future of the Macon County Landfill. With an average of 30,000 tons of trash a year being piled into the landfill, the current plan's days are numbered.

Commissioner Paul Higdon, who acts as the liaison to the solid waste department brought the capacity issue to the attention of the board during its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, requesting a special called meeting to discuss possible solutions. Tuesday night, commissioners heard from Chris Stahl, director of Solid Waste Management for Macon County, on possible solutions to avoid reaching capacity at the landfill.

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