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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.

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John Starinchuck

John Starinchuck, 77, of Tiger, Ga., passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2012. He was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late John and Alexandria Akadimiski Starinchuck. He had a law degree from American University in Washington DC, and a BA degree from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa. He worked in electronics and was a member of Trout Unlimited, and former member of Ducks Unlimited. He loved fly fishing, camping and being outdoors.

He is survived by his companion of 17 years, Sarah Clary; four sons, Jon Scot of Stuart, Fla., Justin Strynchuk of Melbourne, Fla., Mike Starinchuck of Daytona Beach, Fla. and Tim Starinchuck of Stuart, Fla.; three grandchildren, Teagan Strynchuk, Ashley Starinchuck and Zachary Starinchuck.

No services are planned at this time.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.


 


Thomas S. WilsonThomas S. Wilson

Thomas S. Wilson, 92, of Highlands, N.C., passed away Monday, June 25, 2012, at his residence. He was the son of the late Mack and Lona Flora Ann Chastain Wilson. He was married to Frances Ruth Mossor Wilson who passed away in 2006. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII; a mechanic and welder for Zia Company in Los Alamos, N.M., and a member of Operating Engineers. He was a member of Blue Valley Baptist Church. He was a caring father, grandfather and great-grandfather who liked hunting, fishing and farming.

He is survived by his daughters, Lona Pearl "Cookie" McCall and husband, James of Highlands, Martha Earle and husband Randy of Morse, Texas and Frances Wilson of Parkersburg, W. Va.; a son, Archie "Bud" Wilson and wife Anna of Highlands; one sister, Dolly McCall of Highlands; and one brother, Albert Wilson of Espanola, N.M.; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ellie Nix and Velma Mason and five brothers, Eugene, Walter, Lyman, Joe and Curt Wilson.

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 28, at Blue Valley Baptist Church with Rev. Oliver Rice officiating. Burial was in the Clear Creek Community Cemetery. Pallbearers were Neal Earle, Kevin Earle, Scott Earle, Randy McCall, Jared McCall, Bud Hedden and Willie Mahler. Franklin VFW Post #7339 and American Legion Post #108 performed full military graveside rites.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.


 


Charles Alfred SlagleCharles Alfred Slagle

Charles Alfred “Al” Slagle died at home June 28, 2012. He was born Feb. 27, 1950, was a native of Macon County and lived in the Cartoogechaye Community. The cause of death was lung cancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Siler Slagle and Nina Waldroop Slagle of Franklin, paternal grandparents Carl and Louise Slagle and maternal grandparents Charles and Kate Setser Waldroop.

He was a 1968 graduate of Franklin High School. After two years at Western Carolina University, he joined the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1974. He finished his B.S. in geology at WCU in 1976. He attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville for graduate school furthering his studies of geology. Most of his professional career as a hydrogeologist was spent working in the public water supply section of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He was a long time member of the Association of Engineering Geologists and served as the president of the NC chapter of AEG. He was also a member of the National Groundwater Association. He served the people of Macon County as an active member of the Macon County Planning Board.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Candace; son Chris Williams and wife Barb; daughters, Erin Marsten and Megan Marsten and sons, Carl Slagle and partner Erika of Charlotte and Jake Slagle and wife Vanessa of Franklin; one grandson, Owen Siler Marsten and granddaughter, Haley Williams; sisters, Chris Slagle and husband Robert Martin of Black Mountain and Kathy Tinsley and husband Dan of Franklin; aunts, Nell Waldroop Ray of Fletcher, N.C. and Myra Slagle Waldroop of Franklin; cousins, Betty Waldroop, Mary Pittman and Carl Southerland of Franklin and I.B. Southerland of Winston-Salem; several nieces and nephews; step-siblings Carlene White, Wayne Meacham, and Gary Meacham who live in the Chapel Hill area; and step-mother Clydie O. Slagle of Franklin.

At his request no funeral services will be held. At a later time the family will gather and celebrate by the Nantahala River where he enjoyed fishing and camping for many years. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to a charity of one’s choice or to the Cartoogechaye Democratic Precinct c/o Betty Waldroop, 12660 Murphy Hwy., Franklin, NC 28734; Angel Hospice General Fund, 170 Church Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or the UNICEF TAP project, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038. This organization provides communities with safe drinking water world-wide.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.






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