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Arthur Phalo (L), center director at Lyndon B. Johnson Civilian Conservation Center, was named as the Outstanding Business Leader for 2013-2014 by the Rotary Club of Franklin Daybreak.

Phalo has been instrumental in supporting various organizations in the community by encouraging his students to take an active role in local events and fundraising projects.

He was also the driving force behind securing accreditation for the LBJCCC.

The award was presented by Charles Thun.

 

 

Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) assistance for losses to bush or tree fruit crops due to frost or freeze during the 2012 crop year. The program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides supplemental NAP payments to eligible producers.

Farmers who did not have access to crop insurance and are in primary and adjacent counties that received a secretarial disaster designation because of frost or freeze in 2012 are eligible for NAP assistance. Losses due to weather damage or other adverse natural occurrences may also qualify for program assistance.

NAP enrollment began July 22. Applications must be submitted to FSA county offices by Sept. 22, 2014.

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The Town of Franklin's Board of Aldermen met on Monday night and without any discussion, passed a resolution to oppose hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina, but especially in Franklin and its surrounding areas. There was no discussion from the board because there was no need for discussion as a result of a vibrant turnout from the local population to voice their opinions about “fracking,” none of which were positive.

In 2012, the Clean Energy and Economic Security Act was ratified. The law, reconstitutes the state's Mining Commission as the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission and also gives the commission the power to develop a modern regulatory program for the management of oil and gas exploration in N.C. – including the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

The room was near capacity with members of the community taking the opportunity to speak during the public session portion of the meeting.

A major concern with the act of horizontal drilling is the displacement of the plates that are under the earth's surface. The fear being that earthquakes may become likely and of larger impact as Franklin resident Larry Stenger told the board.

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On Saturday, August 2, Rolando Duvergel Jr., 18, of Potts Branch Road in Franklin was arrested and charged with felony first degree sex offense with a child according to an arrest warrant obtained from the Macon County Clerk of Court.

According to Sheriff Robert Holland, the incident was reported after a witness walked in as the assault was being committed on a young boy.

“Duvergel is a member of the boy's family. Another family member walked in during the act and from there detectives were called in,” he said.

A medical exam was then conducted of the victim. Duvergel was arrested and remains in the Macon County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.

If the defendant were to make bond, he will be required to provide fingerprints and a DNA sample to remain on file.

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