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Tara Renee Pheasant (L) and Frank Joseph McCoy (R)Recently the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) requested assistance from the public in regards to several breaking and enterings and larcenies in the Qualla/Whittier communities of Jackson County.

The suspects are: Tara Renee Pheasant, 38, aka Tara McCoy, Indian Female; and Frank Joseph McCoy, 21, Indian Male.

The JCSO has obtained arrest warrants for the suspects in some of these break-ins. The JCSO is asking for anyone with information about the suspect’s whereabouts to contact crime stoppers at (828)631-1125 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Frank is believed to be the son of Tara Pheasant and both have been charged in Haywood County on similar charges and are out on bond.

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

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