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MCSO confiscates 100 sweepstakes machines from nine local businesses

Over the past several months, an undercover investigation with the Macon County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) revealed that at least nine businesses in Macon County were illegally operating sweepstakes gaming machines.

"Today was only the execution of multiple search warrants," Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland said on Monday. "Nine businesses total since Saturday night were investigated. This follows an undercover investigation that has gone on for several months. Every business paid out cash during this investigation."

Panthers slay Bulldogs in homeopener

Coming off a disappointing season opener against an Asheville team that the Panthers had not played in years, the Franklin High School football team hit the field hard against the Murphy Bulldogs last Friday night. The Panthers didn't waste anytime putting points on the board, and after Kelton Lowry pushed in the first touchdown from four yards out, the Panthers continued to lead the Bulldogs, eventually winning 34-14.

Leading the Panthers this season are five key players who were voted as captains by their fellow teammates — Kelton Lowry, Hunter Gibbs, Jackson Perone, Blake Raymond, and Wyatt Burnette.

"These are experienced players that have worked extremely hard in the off season," said Brooks.

Ingles Markets, Inc. buys old Walmart property

At the end of July, news broke that the Holly Springs Plaza was sold to the highest bidder for $3.7 million. The online auction company who handled the sale, DTZ Reality, was not able to confirm the wining bidder but as of Tuesday morning, the deed had been recorded confirming that Ingles Markets purchased the property.

On Wednesday morning, Rhonda Moore with the Real Estate Department of Ingles Markets, Inc. confirmed the purchase.

"Ingles did purchase the shopping center known as Holly Springs Plaza in Franklin, NC," However, I am not at liberty to discuss any future plans."

NCACC releases county snapshots

MCN summarizes findings on a variety of topics.

Editor’s note: When referencing Western North Carolina or WNC, The Macon County News is including the following 21 counties: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain, Macon, Jackson, Haywood, Transylvania, Henderson, Buncombe, Madison, Yancy, Mitchell, McDowell, Rutherford, Cleveland, Burke, Avery, Watauga, and Caldwell.

The research division of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners published a new “County Snapshots” summary last week which highlighted the demographic, social and educational statuses of all 100 counties in the state.

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Officers of The Scottish Tartan Society are (L-R) Bob James, vice president; Eleanor Swift, president; Dr. Lloyd Swift, games chair; Matt Newsome, chair of the directors of the Scottish Museum; Cathy James, temporary corresponding secretary; Sue Ann McMaster, treasurer; and Bob McMaster, business manager. Not pictured, Chris Morton, secretary and Barbara MacInnis, corresponding secretary. Photo by Abigail JamesThe 17th Annual Burns Night Dinner will be held at Tartan Hall on Saturday, Jan. 19. This supper, with a traditional five course menu, is held world wide on Jan. 25 or as close to the date as possible. This year is the 254th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth.

Celtic customs are dramatic and colorful and contributed to the politics of Great Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries. After centuries of fighting across the border, the English monarchy conquered the clans of the Scottish Highlands in 1745. Every attempt was made to eradicate Scottish customs. Speaking Gaelic and Olde Scots was forbidden, for example, and schools and businesses were required to use only English. Born a generation after the Battle of Culloden, Robert Burns, a farmer and a poet from Ayrshire in Scotland, wrote down many of the Gaelic folk songs and pub melodies that were almost forgotten. He also set many of his poems to old tunes.

Burns was a handsome, musical young fellow and not a very good farmer. Instead, he became an entertainer in the salons of Edinburgh.

Although he died in his 40s in 1796, he is considered the National Poet of modern Scotland to this day for retaining a rich musical culture that was almost lost. Robert Burns suppers are now held on every continent. It is often asked, “How did a country musician become a worldwide celebrity?” During the 19th century, Great Britain was an imperialist super power. Its military was largely staffed by Scots. Wherever these soldiers were stationed (India, Australia, South Africa, Canada. etc), they loved and taught Burns’ songs around the campfires and in the classrooms until the songs were known universally.

The Burns Night meal incorporates a number of Scottish events including the “Calling Out of the Clans,” a parade of present guests carry their clan banners, form a pattern, a circle or an “x” and call out the name of their district or clan. The Haggis, a meatloaf of liver, other meat and oats is carried at the head of a parade of officials and the “Ode to the Haggis” by Robert Burns is performed in Scots dialect. Arthur Hays, a lawyer from Murphy, does this at the dinner here. Other recitations may include the “Immortal Memory of Robert Burns,” and Scottish songs by local vocalists. This year, an octet from the “Carolines” and “Men Macon Music” will perform. The entertainment is held together with piping by Jean Hayes and music by the “Caledonia Swing Band” from Georgia. Scottish Dancing completes the evening (Elaine and Bob McCollum will be instructing) and concluding with “Auld Lang Syne.”

Burns Night, sponsored by the Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum, begins at 5:30 p.m. at Tartan Hall on Church Street in Franklin and lasts about three hours. Scottish Dress is optional. Tickets are available at the Scottish Tartans Museum for $38 or $35 if purchased by Jan. 11. For reservations and information, call (828)524-7472 or visit This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .





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