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With just a little rearranging and a few new walls, Macon County is in the process of making history. After Ashley Welch was elected as District Attorney for the 30th Judicial District last November, Macon officials decided it was important to establish office space for Welch in her home county.

When Welch, who represents the westernmost counties of North Carolina, was elected, she took over the reigns which included an office in Haywood County, which stands as the busiest office in the district. With Macon County being her home county, and in order to have better accessibility to far western counties such as Cherokee and Graham, officials got to work on finding space for Welch.

County Manager Derek Roland informed commissioners earlier this month that for just $1,000 and some rearranging, office space for Welch was available within the courthouse.

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Nicky ListThe Macon County Sheriff's Department is seeking help locating Franklin resident Nicky List.

List, who is identified as a 26-year-old white male, is wanted by the MCSO on charges that include felony breaking and entering, felony larceny, felony larceny after a breaking and entering, felony probation violation, and felony interfering with an electronic monitoring device.

List was serving a probation sentence after being convicted of several local break-ins last March, but cut off his electronic monitoring device last week and is currently on the run from law enforcement officers.

According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections, List was released from incarceration in December and was placed on parole, which is scheduled to end in August 2015. He was given a concurrent probation sentence for his charges and was expected to serve a total of 30 months of supervised probation.

Anyone with information to List's whereabouts are asked to call 911 or contact Macon County Crime stoppers at (828)349-2600.

With plans to expand Macon County's landfill in order to increase capacity, Solid Waste Director Chris Stahl presented commissioners with an analysis of alternative landfill sites within the county during February's monthly meeting.

Stahl's presentation to the board, which was completed with the help of McGill Associates, a consulting engineer firm out of Asheville, was state mandated.

"In accordance with General Statute 153-136(c), a landfill that is seeking to expand its volume by more than 10 percent is considered a new landfill," explained Stahl. "Even though most of the Phase III landfill has been permitted for almost 20 years, with the proposed expansion, and since none of the Phase III area has been developed as a landfill, all of an expanded Phase III would be considered a new landfill."

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