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Bill Stiles of Stiles Healthcare Strategies, Inc. reports progress on the survey being conducted with the Healthy Carolinians of Macon County.

Megan Ehrenkaufer, a 21-year-old woman from Scaly Mountain, N.C., involved in a devastating two-vehicle collision on Feb. 18, remains in serious condition in the trauma ward at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville, however she is making steady progress.

On Wednesday morning, Doris Ehrenkaufer, Megan’s grandmother, confirmed that last week the young woman had been moved out of the hospital’s intensive care unit where she had been admitted for neuro-trauma care after the accident. The small car she was driving crashed into a tractor-trailer truck traveling in the opposite direction on Hwy. 441 South.

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Decision unanimous by Town

Two voluntary annexation petitions were voted upon at Monday’s Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen meeting—one approved and one denied.

The first petition for annexation up for consideration was for the site of the future Wal-Mart Supercenter on Dowdle Mountain Road. The property of the site is owned by Joe and Emma Jean Taylor. The petition was approved unanimously, with no one from the public speaking for or against the matter.

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Swain County Commissioners officially recommended by a 4 to 1 vote that the Department of Social Services Board suspend four employees with pay during an ongoing investigation into alleged wrongdoing by the DSS, Thursday (Mar. 3), following an emergency meeting between the DSS Board and the Commissioners.

Commissioners pointed out they took this action for the sake of the program and that it is not about the guilt or innocence of the employees. By calling for the suspension it allows the investigation to go forward and helps to clear the air while assuring the public that DSS is able to provide needed services.

 

 

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Swain County Commissioners have made an informal request to the Swain County Department of Social Services that they suspend four more employees associated with a case of aggravated neglect that led to the death of a 15- month old little girl on Jan. 10.

Commissioner David Montieth said he made the request that the employees be suspended while an investigation into the actions of the DSS staff is still under way, the employees are charged, proven innocent or convictions made. The request was not a formal one because it was not on the agenda at the regular meeting Monday, Monteith said.

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