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Franklin's Tourism Development Authority met at Town Hall on Monday for its monthly meeting in order to consider various funding requests as well as listen to two presentations concerning local events that could be eligible for grants at next month's meeting.

At last month's meeting, Main Street Program Director Linda Schlott went before the board to request a total of $1,500 for the 11th annual Folk Festival that is set to take place on July 19. The money would be used to advertise on the radio and various regional publications.

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Flat Stanley is currently visiting Macon County from Mrs. Palmer's second grade class at Pinecreek Elementary School in Brookville, Pennsylvania. His good friend Moriona Ruffalo sent Flat Stanley on a bumpy ride in his envelope to Franklin, N.C.

One of Flat Stanley's first trips after arriving in Franklin was a visit to The Macon County News to learn how an independent newspaper is published and operated. Flat Stanley visited with Macon County News reporter Travis Tallent and learned the ins and outs of being a good reporter. A visit with editor Teresa Tabor introduced Flat Stanley to page layout designs and article editing. Flat Stanley even rode around with advertising representative Erin Morgan to visit local businesses and help sell some ads. Once the ads were sold, Flat Stanley learned how to create eye catching advertisements with a little help from graphic designer Matt Nelson.

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Former Senior Resident Superior Court Judge James U. Downs, announced his return to the practice of law after a lengthy and successful career as a North Carolina Superior Court Judge. Judge Downs was first appointed to the bench by then Governor James B. Hunt and ran for election four times without opposition. During his time in office, Downs presided over numerous capital murder trials and hundreds of complex civil trials across the state.

Recognized throughout North Carolina as a competent, hard working trial judge, Downs is known for his fairness and integrity. “I am happy to return to the law practice after a career as a judge. I look forward to representing individuals and small businesses in western North Carolina,” said Downs.

Downs has joined the Hickory law firm of Sigmon, Clark, Mackie, Hanvey, and Ferrell, P.A. a general practice firm. He will maintain an office in Franklin and participate in law suits with the firm and other law firms and single practitioners.

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At Tuesday night's county commissioner meeting, Luke Bateman who serves as the Chairman of the Macon County Board of Elections was tasked with approaching the board to request a budget amendment to the 2013-14 fiscal year budget to the tune of just over $41,000 – a sum required to carry out the primary election set to take place in May.

According to Bateman, the shortfall is a result of an incident that occurred back in January when it was discovered that a sum of $50,000 had been paid out to various individuals with little or no verification. An investigation is still being conducted by the State Board of Elections and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations.

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published: 10/18/2013
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