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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 Macon County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin Police Department or Jackson County Sheriff’s Department made the following arrests Nov. 4-Nov. 10. Note that all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Macon County Sheriff’s Department

November 5

Teresa Gaye Ledford, 49, of Four Wheel Drive, was charged with domestic criminal trespass. No bond was set. Adam Crawford made the arrest.

November 6

Mitchell Lee Adams, 32, of Courtney Lane, was charged with escape by hired prisoner. A bond of $3,000 was set. Tracy Burt made the arrest.

Brandon William Holland, 24, of Elizabeth Drive, was charged with felony larceny, possession of stolen property, injury to personal property. A secured bond of $25,000 was set. Patrick Merritt made the arrest.

Nicole Tabitha Queen-Bates, 32, of Punchbowl Drive, was charged with defrauding drug/alcohol screen test, probation violation. A secured bond of $12,000 was set. David Blanton made the arrest.

Kevin Allen Johnston, 18, of Gray Fox Road, was charged with larceny. An unsecured bond was set. Cindy Waller made the arrest.

November 7

Christopher Adam Jones, 30, of Cool Breeze Road, was charged with probation violation, driving while license revoked, failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $10,000 was set. Patrick Merritt made the arrest.

Franklin Police Department

November 5

Cecil Garner Middleton, 34, was charged with worthless checks. No bond was set. Devin Holland made the arrest.

Audreyana Joan Nesbit, 24, of Middle Creek Road, was charged with larceny by employee. An unsecured bond of $5,000 was set. Dwayne Cabe made the arrest.

November 6

Veronica Jones Kemp, 40, of Bailey Hills Road, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia. A secured bond of $7,500 was set. Matt Pelicer made the arrest.

November 7

Kevin Lee O’Conner, 35, of Ridge Road, was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $6,000 was set. Timothy Lynn made the arrest.

November 8

Johnny Thuman Carroll, 51, of Mill Creek Road, was charged with worthless checks. No bond was set. Devin Holland made the arrest.

November 10

Leslie Dorothy Dennis, 61, of Highlands Road, was charged with driving while impaired, open container, driving with no drivers license. An unsecured bond of $1,500 was set. Jonathan Bean made the arrest.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

November 4

William Kenneth Watson, 64, of Puma Trail, was charged with larceny. A secured bond of $10,000 was set. Celeste Holloman made the arrest.

November 5

William Joseph Conner, 22, of River Park, was issued a true bill of indictment; possession of a controlled substance on prison/jail premises, possession of methamphetamine, larceny. No bond was set. Robert Nicholson made the arrest.

Joseph Terry Lanier, 57, of Balsam View Drive, was charged with trespassing, possessing/concealing stolen property, larceny. A secured bond was set. Dwight McMahan made the arrest.

Cortney Leigh Hicks, 22, of Hicks Hollow Road, was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $2,000 was set. Brandon Hooper made the arrest.

Rebecca Ann Washam, 29, of New House Road, was charged with larceny of firearm. A secured bond was set. Brandon Hooper made the arrest.

November 6

Nichole Dominique Bradley, 21, of Sim Taylor Road, was charged with resisting an officer. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Johnathan Jones made the arrest.

Charity Leighanne Smith, 35, of Rocky Branch Road, was charged with motor vehicle theft. A written promise was given. Ronald Mathis made the arrest.

Amber Sherice Crowe, 26, of Mink Branch Road, was charged with failure to appear in court; possession of drug paraphernalia. A secured bond of $2,000 was set.

Talmage Lee Middleton, 32, of Middle Ridge Road, was charged with domestic violence protective order violation. No bond was set. Tyson Crawford made the arrest.

November 7

Jonathan Lee Scott Buckner, 31, of McClean Road, was charged with simple worthless check. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Tyson Crawford made the arrest.

Talmage Lee Middleton, 32, of East Fork Road, was charged with assault on a female. A secured bond was set. Jennie Rumsey made the arrest.

November 8

Donald Lee Ensley, 40, of Wolfetown Road, was charged with misdemeanor child abuse. A secured bond of $4,000 was set. Dwight McMahan made the arrest.

Amanda Dawn Clawson, 32, of Neal Bryson Road, was issued a true bill of indictment; possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine. No bond was set. Robert Nicholson made the arrest.

November 9

Marcello Santiago Garcia, 24, of Fenway Place, was charged with attempted breaking and entering, domestic criminal trespassing. No bond was set. James Henry made the arrest.

Mckayla Joe Cook, 17, of Swiftwater Drive, was charged with failure to appear in court; larceny, resisting an officer. A secured bond of $4,000 was set.

November 10

Julieayne Spinn, 37, of Gateway Road, was charged with a domestic violence protective order violation. A secured bond was set. Daniel Wellmon made the arrest.






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