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Shrek the Musical opens to rave reviews

The Overlook Theatre Company’s production of “Shrek the Musical” opened to rave reviews last weekend at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

Produced by Scotty Corbin, the show features performances by more than 100 cast members with a broadway-quality wardrobe of spectacular costumes.

Pictured are some of the principle characters, from left, Everett Wright as Donkey; Sam Crabtree as Shrek; Nikki Corbin as Princess Fiona; and Scotty Corbin as Prince Farquad.

“Shrek” stages for two more performances, Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, starting at 7 p.m. nightly.

Joint effort results in arrests for meth trafficking

On Friday, July 24, agents of the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office, the Macon County, Sheriff’s Office, and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation took action in an ongoing methamphetamine trafficking investigation.

Agents executed three search warrants in North Carolina which resulted in the seizure of approximately 11.5 ounces of crystal methamphetamine (street value of $32,890).

These arrests were the result of an extensive investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

 

 

Facebook plea for justice yields happy ending for local family

A few days after seeing a bicycle for sale on a Facebook yard sale page that looked remarkably like the one Ann Antes got her seven-year-old son Cameron for Christmas, Ann realized that it was in fact her son's bike. Someone had stolen Cameron's bicycle and sold it for a some quick cash, $20, to be exact.

“Cameron and his dad came inside from attempting to play and Cameron told me his bike was not outside or in the shed,” said Ann. “My husband confirmed it was nowhere to be found. So after thinking on it a few days, I decided to post a small video of him riding it, with this plea:

"So recently my son's bike was stolen. It was posted here and on a few other yard sale sights. If you purchased this bike for the $20 that it was listed for I would gladly give your money back to you for the return of my baby boy's bike. This is all he ever has to do and he is sad it was taken. There is one thing on the bike that will prove it to be ours. Theft is so bad anymore. If there is a decent person left please pm me. Thank you."

For the love of woodworking

For kids at Summer Edventure Camp, Fridays means learning and building in woodworking class. Otto resident Paul Chew is the instructor and has a lifelong affinity for working with wood.

For more than 30 years, Chew has been helping children enjoy woodworking. It began when his church started a program called Nifty Gifty for Christmas. Parents helped children make gifts to give away each Christmas.

“Nifty Gifty challenged me to come up with a new idea each year and to design the projects so even the littlest kids could be successful,” said Chew.

His background in teaching middle and high school industrial arts or “shop” came in handy.

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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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