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The average snowfall in Macon County last week measured anywhere from six to 12 inches in various areas. A lot of people found themselves knocked out of work, unable to leave their homes as a result of ice covered roads. Despite being stranded, a silver lining accompanied the storm — very few power outages occurred in the area.

In anticipation of Winter Storm Pax as it was dubbed, Duke Energy began to move crews from other areas of the country into North Carolina and South Carolina. A total of 150 workers from the company's Midwest operations and another 250 from Florida moved to the region in order to work with existing crews of line technicians, service crews and other personnel employed by Duke.

“The severity and impact of the storm depends on several factors, including temperatures and wind. But the clouds are gathering and we are prepared for whatever comes our way,” said Jeff Corbett, senior vice president of Duke Energy's Carolinas Delivery Operations on Monday, Feb. 10, just before the storm set in.


Last Friday evening, the Eastern United States rumbled after a 4.1 magnitude quake hit near Edgefield, S.C. The earthquake that hit at approximately 10:23 p.m. rattled Macon County and could be felt primarily in South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. No damage or injuries were reported as a result of the quake.

Franklin sits about 160 miles away from the epicenter of the quake, but the impact still startled residents. Macon County News’ Facebook page received messages from residents in Franklin, Otto, Sanderstown, Cullasaja, Clark’s Chapel, Highlands, Nantahala, and surrounding towns such as Andrews and Sylva. Gail Anderson reported that the quake shook her home on Town Mountain in Franklin. “It was the most profound movement of earth I have ever experienced,” wrote Kim Lippy of Otto.


Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland, with the help of his wife, Marcie, and his son and daughter, files the paperwork to run for sheriff at the Board of Elections Monday.The deadline for filing to run in the 2014 election is Friday, Feb. 28 at noon.

Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland, with the help of his wife, Marcie, and his son and daughter, files the paperwork to run for sheriff at the Board of Elections Monday.

Commissioner Ronnie Beale filed for the Distict 2 seat on the Macon County Board of Commissioners.

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Macon’s current tax rate lowest in the state at 27.9.

After much debate in 2011, Macon County followed a state-wide trend to delay the 2013 tax revaluation until 2015. Citing a crippling housing market due to the recession, leaders across North Carolina hoped that by delaying the revaluation, time would allow the market to bounce back to improve numbers.

At the time, Richard Lightner, longtime tax assessor for Macon County, explained that due to the recession, the housing market was essentially nonexistent, and with the lack of properties changing hands, there was not enough activity to establish meaningful property values. Lightner also explained that with values being adversely affected due to the market, it would be nearly impossible for his office to establish accurate values that would be adequately defended legally in the event a property owner sought an appeal.


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