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News General

Officials turning to state lawmakers for policy change.

Earlier this year, Henry Te petitioned the town of Franklin to have his property on 441 South annexed into the town limits. Town Clerk Chad Simons was instructed to examine the issue and found a state law that would prohibit Te's request from being granted.

"We found that this property did not meet one of the necessary standards to be eligible for annexation into the Town. It is and was part of a subdivision, which per statute, requires all portions of the subdivision to join in the petition for annexation, or the town would be prohibited from annexing it," explained Franklin Attorney John Henning Jr.

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Public can comment at continuation meeting March 31.

For the last six months, the Macon County Planning Board has been working to draft a nuisance ordinance intended to regulate malicious noise within the county.

The ordinance would apply to property outside of the municipal limits of Highlands and Franklin, and would specifically aim to regulate "loud, unnecessary, and disturbing noise" which means, "any noise intentionally created which because of its volume level, duration, and/or character, annoys, disturbs, injures, or endangers the comfort, health, peace, or safety of reasonable persons of ordinary sensibilities in the county."

While the planning board approved the ordinance in early February, before it can become the law of the land, commissioners would have to vote to adopt it. While a public hearing is not required for the ordinance, commissioners stated Tuesday night that due to public concerns, a hearing will be held before the commissioner's March 31 continued meeting at 6 p.m. in the boardroom of the courthouse.

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Tuesday morning, a BOLO (be on the lookout) for a Silver Ford Taurus was issued in North Georgia, after the vehicle was observed traveling more than 100 miles per hour heading into North Carolina.

Franklin Police Sergeant Lori Beegle spotted the vehicle, which displayed a Michigan license plate, traveling at a high rate of speed near McDonald's on the Georgia Road and attempted to stop the vehicle.

Despite the activation of Beegle's emergency equipment, the driver refused to stop or decrease speed.

 

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Just a few weeks after setting state priorities, county officials from across North Carolina headed to Washington D.C. to attend the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference to discuss legislative goals with congressional representatives.

Macon County was represented by Commission Chair Kevin Corbin and Vice-Chair Jim Tate along with County Manager Derek Roland who joined more than 150 officials from across the state for the conference. While Commissioner Ronnie Beale also attended the conference, he was pulling double duty. While also representing Macon County, Beale represented the entire state as the President of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC).

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