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Franklin Board of Aldermen paid their respects to former alderman Jerry Evans Monday by presenting a framed memorial to his wife and family.

Alderman Evans passed in February at the age of 55. The memorial plaque recognized Evan’s years of service as an alderman — from 1995-2003, and then again from 2005-2011. Evans served as Vice Mayor of Franklin from 2001-2003.

Evan’s wife, Glenda, and children, Todd, Jeremy, Christopher and Christy Evans were all present to accept the memorial.

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Elderly woman waits for hours for assistance after escaping blaze

A 9-1-1 call placed shortly after 7 a.m., Wednesday morning, reported a house fire in progress at 679 Smith Road in Lower Burningtown off of Younce Creek Road. The blaze had apparently been started during a series of direct lightning strikes to the single story, tin-roofed home. The house and a storage outbuilding next to it were completely destroyed in the fire.

The lightning was the result of a severe thunderstorm that brought high winds and heavy rains to several areas in the county and left more than 10,000 residents without power Wednesday morning. Three fires in the county, including one on Watauga Road, were caused by downed power lines.

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Wilma Anderson retiring after 36 years with county

Over one hundred people gathered to wish Wilma Anderson a fond farewell Tuesday at a retirement reception in her honor in the Southwestern Community College annex behind the county administration building.

After 36 years of making sure Macon County government ran smoothly, Wilma (everyone knows her by her first name) is retiring from her long career as Assistant County Manager and Human Resources Director.

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Narcotics officers aren’t always the most upbeat and cheerful people. They often deal with the worst side of humanity, people whose lives have been torn apart by drugs and addiction. But this officer had good reason to be excited on this particular day. “We did better than I would have expected,” said the veteran lawman, even grinning as he took a moment from stacking up and sorting the super-sized freezer bags full of prescription drugs, “especially considering the weather today.”

It was one of those damp, rainy days with an overcast grey sky that makes people want to stay indoors, but on this day the narcotics officer — whose name is withheld for obvious reasons — was thrilled to see people coming together to keep kids safe and keep massive amounts of prescription drugs off the streets.

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Suspect charged with larceny and secret peeping

Officers with the Franklin Police Department arrested an alleged “Peeping Tom” in the early morning hours of Thursday, March 24.

At 1:56 a.m., officers Eli Kirkland and Timothy Lynn responded to a call advising that a male subject wearing a ski mask was peeping through the window of a residence on Bobwhite Lane, near Heritage Hollow in Franklin. According to reports, the home was occupied by 46-year-old woman, along with her two teenage daughters and grandchild.

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After almost two years of work, a committee of local stakeholders and officials have completed a preliminary draft of a Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) for Macon County. The plan looks at transportation needs for the county as it grows over the next 25 years and includes a number of specific recommendations for future road projects and other transportation infrastructure investments.

The committee is now asking for public input on the preliminary CTP. On Thursday, March 24, a public workshop for the plan was held in the boardroom of the Franklin Town Hall.

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Cousins Stephen Drake and Stephen Wright are spearheading an effort next month to send a group of abused and neglected children to summer camp through the Royal Family Kids Camp program.

During the entire month of April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the two Stephens will hold a fundraiser with the help of some local businesses. Proceeds will fund a camp trip for children from across the state between the ages of 7 and 11, who are currently in the custody of Social Services. Drake and Wright both began volunteering as counselors for the program two years ago, making this year their third.

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The Macon County Sheriff’s Office will participate in Operation Medicine Drop on Saturday, March 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Franklin Police Department and the Highlands Police Department.

This is a prescription drug take-back event where you can safely and legally dispose of your expired or unused prescription medications. Local law enforcement agencies will coordinate this operation with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, NC State Bureau of Investigation, NC Department of Insurance, Child Fatality Task Force and Poison Help.

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The Town of Franklin will hold its first festival of the year on Saturday, April 2, celebrating its appreciation of Appalachian Trail hikers. Despite the event’s title, April Fools’ Trail Days promises to be no joke, taking place all day in historic Downtown Franklin.

Event organizers are seeking to bring together trail hikers, visitors and locals at the third annual event, to raise awareness and celebrate the AT’s significance as a national hallmark.

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The largest association of educators in the state is calling for a boycott of all businesses owned by Art Pope, a North Carolina business man and political insider who has contributed millions of dollars to conservative groups pressing for the elimination of caps on charter school funding. The decision to call for the boycott was made last week at the annual convention of the North Carolina Association of Educators.

Art Pope is the president of Variety Wholesalers, Inc., and a director of the conservative political advocacy group, Americans for Prosperity.

 

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