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Laura Vargas awarded 2014 Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award

Each year, Duke Energy works with counties across the state to identify a member of the each community who has worked selflessly throughout the year to help others. In Macon County, Duke Energy works alongside the Chamber of Commerce to solicit nominations from the community identifying an individual who has gone above and beyond to help friends and neighbors. After nominations are narrowed down, one person is selected to be the recipient of the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.

On Tuesday night, Lisa Leatherman presented Macon County resident Laura Vargas with the 2014 Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.

Caterpillar closing costs 150 local jobs

After 20 years in Macon County, Caterpillar Precision Seals (CAT) will be closing their doors and moving to Mapleton, Illinois, taking 150 jobs with it.

Since 1995, Caterpillar has operated a plant in Macon County at the county’s Industrial Park off 64W. Generations of family members have worked for the plant and as of Thursday, will now have to find some other means to make ends meet.

The announcement doesn't mean the plant is closing tomorrow, instead it gives a timeline to have the Franklin location closed by 2016. The news was a surprise for local residents.

Union Academy holds mid-year graduation

Way to go, graduates!

Friends and family of the fall 2014 graduating class of Union Academy gathered last Friday to watch their graduates walk across the stage.

“I am proud of these students for having completed their requirements for graduation,” said Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin. “This is a tremendous accomplishment for students, their teachers and also their families. I am excited about what the future holds for these students.”

With a message from guest speaker Terry Bell, long time educator in Macon County, he admonished students to never stop learning.

Commissioners prioritize capital outlay items

Requests considered on basis of safety and dire need.

Each year the Macon County School System asks that principals at all county schools develop a capital outlay request for each school. The school board prioritizes projects based on funds available from county commissioners for capital outlay improvements to the school system. This year, the school board prioritized projects based on safety and dire need. Those requests are then present to Macon County Commissioners, who vote to allot funds for the completion of the identified projects.

Requests are listed by school for the 2015-16 school year. Projects identified by the school system as being a priority for this year are underlined. The priority projects total $413,100.

- published 8/21 (Larry) old link: http://www1.cfnc.org/applications/NC_Community_College/apply.html?application_id=1527

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The Franklin Police Department, the Macon County Sheriff’s Department and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department made the following arrests June 4-June 12.

Macon County Sheriff’s Office

June 5

Eric Wayne Hughes, 34, of Gardenview Dr., was issued true bills of indictment. A secured bond of $8,000 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Robin Rene Lugo, 45, of Southard Valley Ln., was charged with larceny by an employee. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

June 6

Jack Rushin Hungerford Jr., 29, of Franklin, was charged with driving while impaired. An unsecured bond of $1,000 was set. Thomas Tenhagen made the arrest.

Nicholas Deshane Peralta, 34, of Boone Ave., was charged with breaking and/or entering, larceny after breaking and/or entering and possession of stolen goods. A secured bond of $7,000 was set. Matthew Canzone made the arrest.

Heidi Lightfoot Moore, 30, of Green Farm Rd., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Jonathan Phillips made the arrest.

Patricia Anne Morgan, 31, of Northside Dr., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Dale Edward Phillips, 38, of Pressley Rd., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $500 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

June 7

Chereda Hamilton Flores, 63, of Coweeta Church Rd., was charged with simple assault. An unsecured bond of $500 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Joseph Brian McCosker, 32, Lauren Ln., Athens, Ga., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $3,000 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Paul Randolph Hedfund, 30, of Perks Rd., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $1,500 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Sandra Leigh Ann Turlington, 22, of Taylor Rd., was issued a true bill of indictment. A secured bond of $10,000 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

June 8

Joey Allen Stockton, 48, of Addington Bridge Rd., was charged with larceny and possession of stolen goods. A secured bond of $20,000 was set. Stephanie Robbins made the arrest.

June 10

Amy Marie Gibson, 33, of Wells Grove Rd., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $500 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Carol Miriam Tanner, 50, of West Cove Ln., was charged with driving while impaired. An unsecured bond of $500 was set. David Blanton made the arrest.

June 11

Diane Davis, 53, of Willow Cove Rd., was charged with communicating threats and cyberstalking. An unsecured bond of $500 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Katherine Jeter, 25, of Georgia Rd., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $3,000 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Clint Ammons, 34, of Sylva Rd., was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $13,403 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

June 12

William Ray Tallent, 29, of Georgia Rd., was charged with failure to pay child support. A secured bond of $3,421 was set. Mike Langley made the arrest.

Franklin Police Department

June 7

Jessica Shanae Phillips, 29, of Snowbird Rd., was charged with larceny. No bond information was given. Laurie Beegle made the arrest.

June 10

Clifford Arnold Cooke, 46, of Prentiss Bridge Rd., was charged with driving while impaired and displaying a revoked registration plate. A secured bond of $500 was set. Devin Holland made the arrest.

Jackson County Arrests

June 4

William Dillian Plemmons, 21, of Locust St., was charged with possesion of stolen property, financial card theft and misdemeanor larceny. No bond was set. Dwight McMahan made the arrest.

Jesse Derrick Franks, 20, of Myers Dr., was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Robert Nicholson made the arrest.

Marie Jean Moore, 29, of Cinderella St., was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Kenneth Woodring made the arrest.

Gregory Hoyle, 46, of Skyland Drive, was charged with misdemeanor probation violation. A secured bond of $1,500 was set. Sean Bryson made the arrest.

June 5

Joey Alan Ball, 40, of Lantana Ln., was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Sean Bryson made the arrest.

Dennis James Rattler, 53, of Angel Watch Ridge, was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $5,000 was set. Stephen Watson made the arrest.

June 6

Adrian Emanuel Aguilera, 22, of Goose Creek Rd., was charged with three counts of second degree trespassing and three counts of misdemeanor larceny. A secured bond of $6,000 was set. Stephen Watson made the arrest.

Trevis Jorge Button, 21, of Lewis Rd., was charged with failure to appear, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, and or deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance. A secured bond of $106,500 was set. John Beegle made the arrest.

June 7

Charles Alexander Stanton, 48, of Otter Ridge, was charged with felony worthless check. A secured bond of $2,000 was set. Earnest Scherman made the arrest.

Henry James Driver, 31, of Tooni Branch, was charged with faiilure to appear. A secured bond of $20,000 was set. Rollie James made the arrest.

June 8

Sheri Ann Simpson, 34, of Lantana Dr., was charged with drug paraphernalia and failure to appear. A secured bond of $500 was set. Tyson Crawford made the arrest.

Joshua Brent Squirrel, 25, of Ela Rd., was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $7,000 was set. Kenneth Woodring made the arrest.

Dylan Keith Wahnetah, 26, of Tom McCoy Rd., was charged with failure to appear. A secured bond of $51,000 was set. Kenneth Woodring made the arrest.

Kevin Brian Smith, 39, of Mini Lane, was charged with violation of court order and probation violation. A secured bond of $1,500 was set. Stephen Watson made the arrest.

June 9

Steven Cody Moore, 20, of Fisher Creek Rd., was charged with assault on a female. No bond was set. Johnathan Jones made the arrest.


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