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Franklin remembers fallen officers

Four lose their lives in the line of duty in 2014

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #81 of Jackson and Macon Counties held the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service last Friday on the courthouse square.

With flags flying and law enforcement officers from across Western North Carolina in attendance, guest speaker Ashley Welch addressed the crowd.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to speak to you, my hometown, today and to honor the servicemen and women who lost their lives protecting us," said Welch. "But I wish I was here under different circumstances. I wish I was just here to thank you for your service and dedication to your community, but unfortunately I am not. I am here to remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty."

Town proposing one cent tax increase

During its annual budget retreat, the town of Franklin presented a budget reflecting a one cent tax increase for the coming year.

Due to the property tax revaluation in Macon County this year, the town's property value declined by $7,281,676 in assessed value, equating to a 1.014 percent reduction. Factoring in the new tax base, the town would need to increase the current tax rate of .27 to .2727 to maintain a revenue neutral budget.

Since 2007, the town of Franklin's tax base has grown on average by 2.07 percent. In applying a growth factor to the town's current tax rate of .2727, to produce a revenue neutral tax rate, the town would need to increase the rate to .2784 cents per $100 valuation.

Tastingers presented piece of steel from WTC

After Stephen Siller lost his life in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, his family set out to honor his life and legacy by establishing The Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Foundation.

One Franklin businessman was honored this week for his support of the Staten Island based charity, and was given a piece of steel from Ground Zero.

Tom Tastinger, of Tastinger's Floor Covering, Carpet One, was presented with a piece of steel from the fallen World Trade Center by Charlie Gussamann, a retired FDNY (Fire Department of New York City) member.

A look at schools budget for past 10 years

How county contributions compare to state allocations.

Over the last 10 years, public education in North Carolina has shifted, as the state's structure has changed in order to accommodate for student enrollment growth, the rise of charter and virtual schools, and other factors that have caused state dollars to be stretched a little further.

Looking at data over the last decade, school enrollment in Macon County has increased by about 250 students. Funding from the state has gone from $20.3 million in 2005 to $24.6 million in 2014 with a difference of more than $3 million between 2008 and 2009. On the local level, beginning in 2007, the county provided $6 million, and by 2014, was up to $7.3 million. After the jump is a look at public education funding in Macon County over the last 10 years.

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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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