25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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...on the Nantahala River

The Forest Service will be accepting applications for up to 12 temporary commercial permits for the Nantahala River in 2011. Permits will be offered to groups such as colleges, universities, camps and clubs who wish to provide instruction and training for hard boat navigation. Permitted groups will be allowed to use the river on Mondays through Thursdays, May 1 to Nov. 10, with three permits allowed per day. Applications will be accepted Feb. 1-28, 2011. If there are more than 12 qualified applicants, permittees will be selected by a lottery system.

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...in North Carolina

Do you walk or ride a bicycle in North Carolina? If so, here’s your chance to tell the N.C. Department of Transportation how it can help improve your overall experience. The department is giving the public an opportunity to voice needs and concerns related to bicycle and pedestrian safety through an online survey launched this week.

“Building a safer transportation network is a primary goal of our department, and meeting the safety needs of our state’s bicyclists and pedestrians is a key part of that,” said Deputy Secretary of Transit Jim Westmoreland. “The feedback we receive from this survey will allow us to better plan to meet these needs, and in turn improve the overall biking and walking experience in North Carolina.”

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Robert Benjamin Smith, 24, of Cherokee, NC, has entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Bryson City on Wednesday, Jan. 19, to second degree murder in connection with his involvement in a Oct. 22, 2010, fatal stabbing incident which occurred on the Cherokee Indian Reservation.

According to official court documents, on Oct. 22, 2010 after having spent the day together drinking beer and using drugs, the defendant and victim got into a fight which resulted in the victim being stabbed to death. On Wednesday, Jan. 19, Smith entered a guilty plea to one count of second degree murder, a lesser-included offense of first degree murder. The plea was offered pursuant to a plea agreement.

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As healthcare costs continue to rise across the state and nation, Town of Franklin Manager Sam Greenwood took time at Saturday’s annual retreat to explain to Aldermen the ailing state of affairs for town employee benefits. He proved to be the primary negotiator of this complicated topic as well as the chief mediator between the State and Town governments.

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