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Tragedy struck the Western Carolina University community over the Fourth of July holiday weekend when a newly enrolled student drowned at a local swimming hole.

Shortly after 2 p.m. on July 5, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a possible drowning in the Tuckasegee River near the East La Port Recreation Park in Cullowhee. According to Jackson County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Chip Hall, 18-year-old Timothy Michael Adams was pulled from the river by friends.

When the Sheriff’s Office arrived, Cullowhee Fire Department, MedWest EMS, and the Jackson County Rescue Squad were already at the scene providing aid to Adams. The victim was transported to Med West Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Adams was from Wake Forest, N.C., and had just enrolled at WCU on July 2, three days before his death. Adams, who was a standout high school athlete had declared Sports Management as his major at WCU.

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Republican Jackson County Sheriff Candidates Curtis Lambert and Jimmy Hodgins will be heading into the primary runoff election on Tuesday, July 15. The winner of the runoff election will run against Democrat Chip Hall in the November election who secured his place on the November ticket with 1,559 votes.

During the May primary election, nine candidates filed to run for sheriff including three Republican candidates who were vying for the seat left vacant after long-time Sheriff Jimmy Ashe announced he would not be seeking re-election this November.

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Cooler temperatures predicted for the 4th of July Weekend

The Macon County recreation park pool was the place to be this week as temperatures hovered around the 90 degree mark.

Forecasters predict cooler temperatures for the 4th of July weekend.

Photo by Vickie Carpenter

 

 

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Pending contracts await commission approval.

As soon as Macon County officials get word from the Local Government Commission in the next week or so, they can begin fast tracking work on the county’s new recreational complex. Although awaiting final approval from the LGC is slowing things down a bit, commissioners have moved forward with grading work needed for Phase 1 of the project.

After Macon County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the Parker Meadows site work construction bid to Penland Contracting Company, Inc. last month, Lewis Penland and his team quickly got to work grading and preparing the property for construction.

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