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.
In accordance with a new state law passed during the 2013 legislative session, the State of North Carolina has begun issuing no-fee voter identification cards.
Beginning in 2016, North Carolina will require voters to have a valid photo ID to cast a ballot when voting in person. A list of photo ID that will be acceptable for voting is available on the State Board of Elections’ website. No-fee ID cards are available for people who have no other valid forms of photo identification.
Applications for no-fee voter ID cards can be made at any North Carolina DMV driver license office.
Applicants will need to present documents that verifies their age and identity. Applicants will also need to provide a valid Social Security number.
NCDMV has posted the requirements and documents acceptable for the Voter ID card on its website.
Voter ID cards are mailed to applicants within 10 to 15 days following application.
Under the leadership of Commissioner Kelly Thomas, the Division of Motor Vehicles conducted five rehearsals and training sessions last month for all examiners and information technology personnel to ensure the examiners and IT professionals are trained in the procedures to issue voter identification to all North Carolinians seeking that form of ID.