Over the past several months, an undercover investigation with the Macon County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) revealed that at least nine businesses in Macon County were illegally operating sweepstakes gaming machines.
"Today was only the execution of multiple search warrants," Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland said on Monday. "Nine businesses total since Saturday night were investigated. This follows an undercover investigation that has gone on for several months. Every business paid out cash during this investigation."
Coming off a disappointing season opener against an Asheville team that the Panthers had not played in years, the Franklin High School football team hit the field hard against the Murphy Bulldogs last Friday night. The Panthers didn't waste anytime putting points on the board, and after Kelton Lowry pushed in the first touchdown from four yards out, the Panthers continued to lead the Bulldogs, eventually winning 34-14.
Leading the Panthers this season are five key players who were voted as captains by their fellow teammates — Kelton Lowry, Hunter Gibbs, Jackson Perone, Blake Raymond, and Wyatt Burnette.
"These are experienced players that have worked extremely hard in the off season," said Brooks.
At the end of July, news broke that the Holly Springs Plaza was sold to the highest bidder for $3.7 million. The online auction company who handled the sale, DTZ Reality, was not able to confirm the wining bidder but as of Tuesday morning, the deed had been recorded confirming that Ingles Markets purchased the property.
On Wednesday morning, Rhonda Moore with the Real Estate Department of Ingles Markets, Inc. confirmed the purchase.
"Ingles did purchase the shopping center known as Holly Springs Plaza in Franklin, NC," However, I am not at liberty to discuss any future plans."
MCN summarizes findings on a variety of topics.
Editor’s note: When referencing Western North Carolina or WNC, The Macon County News is including the following 21 counties: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain, Macon, Jackson, Haywood, Transylvania, Henderson, Buncombe, Madison, Yancy, Mitchell, McDowell, Rutherford, Cleveland, Burke, Avery, Watauga, and Caldwell.
The research division of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners published a new “County Snapshots” summary last week which highlighted the demographic, social and educational statuses of all 100 counties in the state.
Citizens in Macon County officially have a new location to seek treatment when needing dental services. The Macon County Public Health Department has expanded the dental clinic options as the grand opening for the new adult dental facility was held last Thursday. More than 100 visitors stopped in to tour the new facility and about 70 participated in free health screenings. The clinic provides services for patients 18 and older.
The facility actually opened a few days prior to the ceremony. The new clinic, located at 108 Macon Center Drive, is a 2,000 square foot facility, more than twice as large as the last clinic.
“The facility was expanded from 800 square feet to 2,000 square feet,” said Jimmy Villiard, Personal Health Section Administrator at Macon County Public Health. “In addition, we were able to expand from three dental chairs to four. Panorex x-ray capability was also added. The Panorex allows for full-mouth x-rays.”
Dr. Villiard is responsible for managing the dental services for the health department. He was also the project coordinator for the construction of the new clinic.
In addition to the extra space and upgraded equipment, the clinic's expansion will allow the health department to begin offering dentures for adult clients. The clinic also offers comprehensive dental care and can serve as a patient’s primary dental provider. Dr. Bruno Kaldre and his staff offer a full spectrum of preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency care.
“Access to dental care has been a consistent need identified in Macon County’s Community Health Assessment,” said Villiard. “This clinic is open to all residents of Macon County. Because fees are assessed on a sliding scale, based on the income of the client, the services are accessible to almost everyone in the community, regardless of income. In addition, the clinic is one of the few in Macon County that accepts Medicaid reimbursement for dental care. Oral health is an important component of overall wellness. Most significantly, poor oral health can lead to cardiovascular medical complications.”
While the dental clinic's upgrade was approved and supported by county commissioners, Macon County Public Health was able to use Medicaid reimbursement monies to cover the project costs, so no local funding was allocated to the project. According to Villiard, the project came in on budget.