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Due to a budget shortfall brought on by the Federal budget sequester, Macon County commissioners voted to allocate Macon Program for Progress (MPP) $13,000 in emergency funds.

The $13,000 requested by MPP Executive Director Chuck Sutton, is needed for administrative costs associated with operating the HUD section 8 Rental Assistance Program.

This is the second time commissioners have allocated emergency funds to the program due to a budget shortfall as a result of the sequester. In June, MPP requested $12,000 in anticipation of 30 percent of federal funds being deterred. That request was made based on projected funding levels through the calendar year of 2013. Since the sequester, funding levels have not returned to original amounts, causing another shortfall in administration funds.

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The League of Women Voters and Venture Local Franklin will host the initial Community Town Hall Discussion Series on Monday, March 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tartan Hall. The goal of this first discussion is to bring together ideas concerning the design and use of the gazebo property.

Organizers hope to have elected officials, designers, businesses, local groups, citizens, performers and any other stakeholders in attendance.

From 6 to 6:30 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to peruse designs and speak with any designers or elected officials who may be present.

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A Macon County man charged with murder was given a $200,000 bond last Wednesday.

"In the criminal justice system, we have judges and magistrates who are required to set the bonds of defendants,” Sheriff Robbie Holland said of the bond. “While I may or may not agree with the amount set, the fact still remains that bonds are entirely at the discretion of the judicial officials."

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Macon County commissioners voted Tuesday night to change engineers for the Parker Meadows recreation project.

After soliciting bids for the remaining portion of the project, commissioners elected to cut ties with the Asheville based firm Civil Engineering Design, and instead contract with the Franklin-based CEtech Engineering.

The county has worked with Mike LoVoy of Civil Engineering Design since the inception of the recreational complex. LoVoy completed all the preliminary design and engineering work for the proposed project. After county leaders voted to complete the recreation project all at one time instead of in phases over the next few years, they decided to bid out the engineering portion of the project.

The two bids considered, one from LoVoy and the other from Larry Lackey of CEtech, were relatively similar in bidder cost. Although LoVoy’s bid of $49,500 was slightly less than Lackey’s $49,750, LoVoy’s contract left out elements such as travel expenses that would result in additional costs.

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