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Autumn sweeps into WNC

Colorful leaf changes seen across Macon County

Nature puts on its finest this time of year in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Scenic leaf-looking drives begin in Macon County with spectacular scenery around every turn.

A trip up the Cullasaja Gorge on 64E will take you to breathtaking waterfalls and colorful autumn splendor.

 

view more breathtaking photos by Vickie Carpenter after the jump!

Landfill expansion: $1.5 million for 22.9 acres

With about 25 months left on the county’s current landfill lifespan, Macon County commissioners voted during the October meeting to move forward with allowing the solid waste department to purchase two parcels of land totaling $1.5 million.

As an enterprise agency, the funds to purchase the property will come from the solid waste department, and not from the county budget. Chris Stahl, the county’s solid waste director, informed commissioners that by purchasing the property now to complete the expansion, more than 40 years will be added to the life expectancy and save the county $36 million in operating costs over that time.

Early Voting under way now through Nov. 1

N.C. law requires voters to vote in their proper precinct on Election Day

Submitted by Debbie George Board of Elections director

Voters planning to cast a ballot during the Tuesday, Nov. 4 election must do so at their assigned polling location. On the actual day of an election, North Carolina law requires voters to vote in their proper precinct based on the address where they have resided for at least 30 days before the date of the election. If you moved within your county and did not update your address by the voter registration deadline (Oct. 10, 2014), you may update your address and vote using one of the following methods: One-stop Absentee Voting (Early Voting) or Election Day voting.

Leaf Lookers Gemboree brings visitors to county from far and wide

The peak season for leaf lookers, by most accounts, hasn't set in just yet. The mountains that surround Macon County are still mostly green with hints of yellow and red showing through. Nonetheless, if you take a ride around the area you are likely to notice an increase in traffic as is usually the case this time of year as visitors from all around crowd the highways and winding mountain two-lane roads to see the colors as they come on more and more with each passing day.

Last weekend, visitors were treated to special event here in Franklin; the 25th Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree at the Macon County Community Building.

- 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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