61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Ten local nonprofits share a total of $40,000.

On Monday night the Town of Franklin's Board of Aldermen continued its meeting from Sept. 2 to address the community funding pool allotment that would be awarded to community organizations. In all, the town had $40,000 to disperse and a total of nine applicants made requests that totaled $45,500.

A change was made to the Franklin Garden Club's request. Instead of funds coming from the funding pool, those funds will come from the town's beautification fund. The reason being that the Franklin Garden Club is not a certified nonprofit as required.

After the change was made, the town was left with $43,000 in total requests. The aldermen were tasked with making adjustments to what was awarded. The Macon County Public Library's request was cut in half because the Reading Rover program provides service to places beyond Franklin. In an attempt to remain fair, a total of $67.50 was subtracted from all of the remaining requests.

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Former DAR Regent delves into her family ancestry.

When Eleanor Kraus decided to relocate to Franklin a number of years ago, she had no way to foresee the convoluted journey upon which she was about to embark. She was leaving her native home of Greenville, S.C., and moving to Franklin to marry Bob Kraus and to make a life in the mountains. Yet, this was only the beginning of her trek. It was much more than moving furniture and personal belongings. She was embarking on an adventure into herself and her ancestry, a journey that would lead back through the branches of her family tree to the 18th century American colonies and to the very beginnings of the quest for freedom and independence from England.

Bob Kraus had left the mountains of his youth and moved away, but later found his way into the mountain community of Franklin, N.C. As the relationship progressed, he told Eleanor that he had left the mountains once in his life and he was not going to leave them again. If they were to be together, she would have to come to Franklin. She agreed to join him in Franklin, thus setting into motion the intricate series of circumstances leading her through her ancestry to the inception of the United States of America and back to the present generation.

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Western Carolina University (WCU) has scheduled a series of debates before the upcoming general election on Nov. 4. The first candidates to take the podium in the University Center are vying for the United States House of Representatives seat for North Carolina's 11th District that is currently held by Mark Meadows – R. The incumbent will be taking on Democratic challenger Tom Hill. District 11 includes Macon, Jackson, Clay, Buncombe, Haywood, McDowell, Madison, Polk, Transylvania, Yancey, Graham, Cherokee, Swain, and Henderson counties.

A brief biography of the candidates opened the debate. Hill hails from Hendersonville and grew up on an apple farm there. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Wake Forest and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill eventually receiving his PhD in physics with a focus in aerospace and rocket science.

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Friday afternoon, School Resource Officer Jay Wright spotted a suspicious vehicle driving on the campus of Franklin High School. Noticing that the vehicle, a black Ford Explorer with tinted windows, didn’t have a tag, the SRO stopped the vehicle to further investigate the situation. The SRO found the vehicle’s driver, Eric Ehlenfield, 27, to not have a driver’s license and to be wanted on a non-extraditable charge in Georgia. Ehlenfield listed being homeless, but of the Otto area, despite the charges revealed in Georgia. Ehlenfield had a female passenger identified as 28-year-old Heather Lucas. Lucas was not detained.

Ehlenfield, who was wanted on a probation violation was found to have a 12 gauge shotgun and several knives, including a machete inside the vehicle. He was arrested for one felony count of possession of a firearm on school grounds and was booked into the Macon County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.

 

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A national referendum on whether Scotland should again be an independent country will take place on Thursday, Sept. 18. This vote is the second in recent years when it failed in 1979 by getting only 30 percent support.

After gaining permission from the British Government in the spring of 2014, political parties such as the Scottish National Party which has grown in the House of Commons, advocacy groups and individuals have been pressing for passage.The Friends of the Scottish Museum in Franklin, and museum directors voted sympathetically on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at their meeting.

Using red candies for remaining in the United Kingdom and blue candies representing the Scottish flag, the secret ballot revealed that 68.5 percent of those present voted for Independence and 31.5 percent voted to remain part of the United Kingdom. It remains to be seen how closely this parallels the real vote.

Submitted by Eleanor Swift, Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum.

After several residents in the county issued complaints of noisy neighbors, the Macon County Board of Commissioners tasked the planning board with looking into the possibility of what a noise ordinance might contain. Commissioner Jim Tate, who serves as the commissioners liaison to the planning board, directed Planning Board Chair Chris Hanners to work with its members to explore rules and regulations surrounding a noise ordinance, as well as work with county attorney Chester Jones to analyze effective noise ordinances that are already in place elsewhere.

Tate made it clear that the planning board isn’t to draft an actual ordinance, but instead investigate a direction that the county could go to develop one in the future.

The decision to move forward with a noise ordinance comes after residents came before commissioners in August expressing concerns with late night parties and loud neighbors. In September, a different couple spoke to commissioners about similar concerns. Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland explained that his department is limited on the actions they can take regarding noise complaints.

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The Macon County Sheriff’s Department is one School Resource Officer away from completing the goal to have an officer at every school site in the district. Tuesday night, commissioners gave the sheriff the go ahead to accept a grant to place an SRO at Nantahala School, which means all but one school in the district has a full-time officer. This will allow the use of money previously allocated for Nantahala’s officer to go towards Iotla Valley Elementary’s SRO.

Sheriff Holland was made aware of the grant while working with his colleagues from across the state on the Governor’s Safe Schools task force. “As soon as I found out about the grant, I literally walked out of my meeting and called [Superintendent] Dr. Baldwin and we started to get to work on it,” said Holland.

The grant provides the district with 75 percent of the funds ($39,722) needed for the position, leaving the county needing to match the remaining 25 percent ($18,185). Sheriff Holland assured commissioners that he had been working with County Manager Derek Roland to find funds available within the existing budget so the county would not need to appropriate any additional funds for the position.

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Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children one to 13 years of age. Many times, death or injury can be prevented by the proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. To help better educate parents and caregivers on how to properly restrain a child in a car, Sept. 14-20 has been designated as National Child Passenger Safety Week and Tuesday night, the Macon County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a proclamation recognizing the week in Macon County.

“It is proclaimed by the Macon County Board of Commissioners that Sept. 14-20, 2014 is hereby designated as Child Passenger Safety Week and all citizens are encouraged to become better educated on the requirements and laws surrounding proper child seat safety,” reads the proclamation.

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The Franklin Police Department in conjunction with the Macon County Sheriff's Department, Cherokee Police Department, the NC DMV and the State Highway Patrol has held a series of traffic check points over the last couple of weekends. On Sept. 5, a check point was set up on the Highlands Road. According to figures provided by Sergeant Tony Ashe of the FPD, 27 citations were issued in about two hours.

The agencies along with the Franklin Fire Department who provided assistance, moved the operation to 441 South (Georgia Road) and set up another checkpoint where eight citations were issued. Ashe says that the infractions ranged from alcohol offense to seatbelts and tag violations.

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Last week, the Franklin Town Board met with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) to discuss the Nikwasi Indian Mound located in the center of town. Based on the belief that the mound was part of Cherokee heritage, the EBCI has expressed a desire to possibly own the mound once again. The belief was that a resolution could be reached between the town and the Cherokee, possibly pursuant to some sort of partnership concerning the mound. That feeling of goodwill changed the day after the meeting when a resolution on behalf of Chief Michell Hicks and the Tribal Council went public demanding for the return of the mound.

“We met with the tribal council on Wednesday and had no idea that this was coming,” said Franklin Mayor Bob Scott.

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