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Local law enforcement officers are searching for any information in connection with a breaking and entering at the American Legion. On Jan. 23, American Legion Post 108 reported a breaking and entering in which two MI Grand Military Rifles were stolen.

Franklin Police Chief David Adams noted that the rifles were stolen from a coat closet and that the serial numbers for the rifles have been entered into the National Crime Information Center.

The rifles stolen from the American Legion are utilized during military funeral detail and carry a value of about $400 each.

Because there is no video surveillance, the Franklin Police Department currently have no leads on the case and are reaching out to the public for any information related to the crime. If you have any information on the incident, contact the Franklin Police Department.

Even though the last of the United States combat troops were pulled out of Vietnam on March 29, 1973, the official end of America’s commitment to the war in Vietnam came on April 30, 1975. On that day, forty years ago, the last of the civilians, some South Vietnamese military and a small contingent of United States Marines were removed from the American Embassy by a massive helicopter airlift effort.

It was thus that the United States evacuated Southeast Asia following more than two decades of warfare. The American involvement dates back to the 1950s with support given to the French in their resistance to the rising communist power in what was then called French Indochina. In the beginning, the French were supported by American Military Advisors and were provided American military equipment. By 1965, the United States had inherited the war effort and American military boots were on the ground, leading to hundreds of thousands of American soldiers serving in the Vietnamese jungles. In the end, the United States lost more than 58,000 young men (average age about 23 years old). Thousands more were maimed, mangled, wounded and held in Viet Cong prisoner of war camps.

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The cold front that caused significant snowfall in much of the northern parts of the nation resulted in very cold temperatures in Western North Carolina.

Parts of Macon County received a dusting of snow on Tuesday morning which lingered into Wednesday in Winding Stairs Gap and in the higher elevations where the temperatures hovered near the freezing mark.

Photo by Vickie Carpenter

Attendance requirements, voting rights are questioned.

With a revolving door of members, either from terms expiring or shifts in leadership, the Franklin Tourism Development Authority (TDA) will once again be seeking legal advice from town attorney John Henning Jr.

During its January meeting, members of the TDA discussed discrepancies in policies and practices of the authority and decided that soliciting advice from Henning would be prudent. One issue plaguing members over the last few months has involved the board's membership as well as its attendance policies.

According to Session Law 2004-105, which established local TDA boards, individual authorities are statutorily obligated to be comprised of a total of nine members, onethird of which must be individuals who are affiliated with businesses that collect the room occupancy tax in town, such as hotels, and at least three-fourths of the members must be individuals who are currently active in the promotion of travel and tourism in the town.

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