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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.

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Panel to speak from individual perspective, expertise.

A panel of Western Carolina University faculty members, including an environmental health professor who has studied the spread and control of infectious agents such as Ebola for more than two decades, will take part in a discussion about the virus on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Part of WCU’s Global Spotlight Series, the event will be held in the auditorium of the Forsyth Building from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Faculty members Burton Ogle, Jen Schiff, Rebecca Dobbs and Saheed Aderinto will offer environmental health, political, geographic and historical perspectives of Ebola based on their expertise and participate in a question-and-answer session.

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Each budget process, county officials set aside $50,000 for the community funding pool for the purpose of awarding grants to local charities.

The Community Funding Pool was established to help the Macon County Board of Commissioners allocate tax-generated funds to local non-profits in a fair and efficient way. The CFP Task Force is composed of citizens chosen by the board of commissioners to consider applications and make recommendations to the Board, who make the final funding decisions.

Organizations applying for CFP funds must provide financial statements such as budgets and federal tax-exempt reports, organization goals and objectives and program/service description. Fifteen agencies applied for funding through the county this cycle, with a total requested amount of $94,500.

“Each year, the Community Funding Pool Task Force members review the grant applications,” explained Karen Wallace, who has served on the CFP Task Force almost since its inception. “We meet as a group, using an evaluation process to determine our recommendations.”

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Changes to a state law are doubling the cost some Macon County parents are now paying for child care. The change, which took effect across the state on October 1, altered the way North Carolina determines eligibility for child care subsidies and has affected thousands of low income families across the state.

“We are confused and disappointed when the young families who are trying their hardest by working and remaining in school are the families who lose services,” said Sheila Hoyle, director of Southwestern Child Development Commission. “It seems to me that these are the families that our public policy makers would want to offer a hand to. These are families who have a chance of becoming self-sufficient.”

Before the legislation change, all children under 13 qualified for child care subsidies if their parents earned less than 75 percent of the state median income or about $50,244 for a family of four.

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Last Thursday the Macon County Planning Board held its monthly meeting and took another look at a possible noise ordinance that could be adopted by the county commissioners in the future.

Last month the board was tasked by commissioners to take a look at some approaches to an ordinance when members of the community voiced complaints about noise from neighbors. At that meeting they considered the ins and outs of adopting a fair policy. At this month's meeting, the same concerned citizens were present and Sheriff Robbie Holland was there to give his perspective on the issue.

He said over the last three years, the number of noise complaints were small in comparison to other things.

“I would say that of the calls we got, probably less than one percent were for noise,” he said. “Of the complaints we get, none are about animals making noise. It's usually neighbors who are being loud. They may be yelling, revving motors, or playing their music too loud.”

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Last week, Macon County’s phone services experienced an interruption that caused some voicemails to not be retrievable by county departments. The problem has continued throughout the week but is expected to be corrected later this week.

According to Andy Muncey, the county’s IT Director, on the evening of Monday, Oct. 13, the telephone link between the Macon County Courthouse and the Macon County Detention Center and Human Services building faulted. Other data connections between the sites on the same fiber bundle remained active. The link fault caused interruption to services at other sites as well.

Throughout the events, there were no interruptions to 911 or dispatch services.

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On Oct. 20, at approximately 6:38 p.m., the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call at 77 Paniolo Drive, Sylva, regarding a shooting. The caller stated to the 911 operator that he had shot his father. Dispatchers kept the caller on the phone, instructed him how to check for breathing, and eventually how to conduct CPR.

Deputies arrived on scene a short time later and assisted with CPR. West Care EMS arrived shortly thereafter and continued CPR with assistance from the Balsam-Willets Volunteer Fire Department’s first responders.

Deputies secured the shooting scene, then obtained and served a search warrant. Deputies were assisted by agents with the NCSBI during the search. As a result of the investigation and after conferring with the District Attorney’s office, the caller, identified as Travis Lindsey Heffner, was arrested and charged. The deceased is Kenneth Rodney Heffner, 47, father of the suspect, of 14 Gentle Ridge, Sylva.

 

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Retired Delta Captain Marc Sharp will recount his 10 most memorable flights – funny, frightening, and poignant from biplanes to jet airliners – at the Tuesday, Oct. 21, Aviation Historical Society meeting.

Covering more than four decades of flying, his talk will include work as a crop duster, pilot for the Mississippi governor, working with astronauts on space shuttle controls, and the blind passenger that changed his life.

The program begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Macon County Airport near Franklin. There is no charge and the public is welcome.

For more information, contact Fred Alexander at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828)506-5869.

The Town of Franklin's Tourism Development Authority held their monthly meeting on Monday night to consider a funding for the 2014 PumpkinFest and another request to help out on advertising for the Scottish Tartans Museum.

At last month's meeting, the Franklin Main Street Program submitted a request of $1,500 to help with funding for radio and print advertising. Bo Bryant, who is the chairman of the program, made the request for the festival that is scheduled for Oct. 24 and Oct. 25.

On Monday with no discussion, TDA members voted unanimously to grant the full request. PumpkinFest is one of Franklin's most popular uptown events and includes a pie eating contest, costume contest, a parade, entertainment, games for kids, live music, craft and food vendors and the very popular pumpkin roll.

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The Autumn Leaves Craft Show was held at the Macon County Fair Grounds last weekend with a wide variety of unique handmade crafts and artists’ demonstrations.

Local crafter Connie Gregory is holding a white dog she made.

Shopper Donna Hammock discusses jewelry.

Photographer Gary Galbrecht and wife Charlene.

Lucy Thorne demonstrates knitting and a hat she had made.

Photos by Vickie Carpenter

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