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Operation Pill Crusher event nets 18,286 pills

Each year, organizations across North Carolina team up with Safe Kids and the Department of Justice for drug takeback events to properly dispose of unused and unwanted medication.

Locally, the Macon County Sheriff's Department, along with both the Franklin and Highlands Police Departments work together throughout the year for Operation Pill Crusher. Through events that coincide with the state's Operation Medicine Drop, as well as each law enforcement agency having permanent medication drop boxes, Macon County officials work year round to keep unwanted medicines off the streets.

Last Saturday, the Macon County Sheriff's Department collected 18,286 pills during its annual spring drug take-back event. Since October 2014, through similar events as well as their permanent drop box, the sheriff's department has collected 90,462 pills.

Officer injured apprehending a suspect

Macon County Sheriff's Department Detective Tim Holland is still at home recovering from surgery that was a result of injuries incurred in a police chase that ensued Thursday evening.

Detective Holland, along with Detective Will Rhoden were involved in a chase Thursday after a suspect failed to stop for a routine traffic stop. While briefly attempted to flee police in his vehicle, Jessie Mal Cowart, 25, wrecked on Arthur Drake Road before taking off on foot.

According to Sheriff Robert Holland, Cowart fled into a wooded area and was immediately pursued by both Rhoden and Holland at which point Cowart refused to cooperate with law enforcement's commands to stop.

East Franklin’s fourth grade science fair asks ‘the big questions’

Fourth grade students at East Franklin Elementary put on their thinking caps last week for the 11th annual science fair. Project choices were selected by the students according to their interests and they were asked to follow the scientific method. The students came up with a "big question," created their hypothesis, conducted research and then completed their experiment in order to draw a conclusion.

"The kids were all very excited and a few were nervous but they all had a great time showing off their projects to other East Franklin students and their families," said East Franklin Fourth Grade Teacher Lora Neitz.

Warrior hikers begin 2,168-mile journey

Franklin one of 35 stops along the Appalachian Trail.

In 1948, Earl Shaffer became the first person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Now at 2,168.1 miles, the journey is an ambitious mission in itself, but completing the trek wasn't Shaffer's sole mission. His intention was to "walk off the war" to forget about the sights, sounds, and losses of World War II.

It took Shaffer a little over four months to hike the entire trail. Recognizing that having to become reaccustomed with day to day life, and to set aside the training and instinctual reactions taught by the military as being no easy feat, following in Shaffer's footsteps, Marine Corps Captains Mark Silvers and Sean Gobin turned to nature to help become reassimilated into life after service.

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Pictured (L-R) are Tony Curtis and Josh Owens, chamber board; Karen Kaleta, owner; Gary Shields, chamber board; Diane Baldwin, chamber’s administrative assistant; Dale West, Jerry Buschmann, D’Anne Maddox and Sean Gibson, chamber board; and Tom Ritter, chamber master.The Franklin Chamber of Commerce welcomed Karen Kaleta Photography/Blue Ridge Art and Design recently with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Owner, Karen Kaleta, offers a wide range of services from photography, design and publishing to event planning and organizational consulting. Kaleta can be reached at (828)369-5663 to set up an appointment.

Photography services includes fine art, natural setting portraits either in your home or location of choice, pet portraits, Event coverage (birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, graduation, races, etc.), residential real estate photography to include visual tour slide shows and advertising shots, as well as commercial and southeastern stock photography for your advertising and marketing needs. Kaleta is available for photography work seven days a week.

Desktop publishing services can be provided for the creation of newsletters, flyers, marketing materials, brochures, postcards, etc. providing work in Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Publisher, Excel, Word Perfect, Corel Draw, Word, Power Point and Illustrator to meet your in-house needs.

To set up an appointment, call (828) 369-5663 or visit the website at www.BlueRidgeArtandDesign.com.





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