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Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland requested a $19,000 increase in his department's budget to purchase drugs for undercover operations. During Macon County’s board retreat last month, department heads presented commissioners with a preview of what to expect during the upcoming budget cycle. Holland informed commissioners that a new request this year would be to increase the existing $1,000 provided by the county to purchase drugs used during undercover operations, to a total of $20,000.

Holland insisted that the additional monies are crucial in fighting the county’s drug problem. The $1,000 line item specifically for the sheriff’s office undercover drug operations has remained the same since it was first established in the 1990s. Holland pleaded with commissioners, explaining that undercover drug buys have proved to be the most effective method in fighting the county’s drug problem and stands as the best way to provide evidence during a trial to lead to convictions.

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Franklin has been a participant in the North Carolina Main Street program since 2007. The staff of the North Carolina Main Street Center, a part of the Department of Commerce, Division of Community Development - Urban Development Division, has been working with the program through the years and continues to help Franklin’s MSP with their efforts to revitalize the downtown area. As the center of the community, the health and vitality of the downtown area is of critical importance.

For that reason Franklin Main Street Program is hosting a Downtown Economic Vision Forum on Feb. 13, at the First Baptist Church fellowship hall. The purpose of the forum is to gather input from citizens regarding their views of what is good about downtown, what needs improvement, and what downtown should become in the future. MSP believes that the participation of the community is important as they develop their vision because from that, they will plan activities and set priorities for the next several years.

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North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley will be the keynote speaker for Western Carolina University’s Black Heritage Expo to be held Monday, Feb. 10, through Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Beasley’s address, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center. She also will participate in an event only for students while on campus.

In 2008, Beasley became the first black woman to win election to statewide office in North Carolina without the benefit of incumbency or appointment by the governor when she was elected as associate judge on the N.C. Court of Appeals. In 2012, she was appointed an associate justice to the N.C. Supreme Court.

WCU’s Black Heritage Expo also will include a walk-through exhibit in the Grandroom displaying African-American artifacts and information.

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On Friday afternoon, Jan. 24, a search warrant issued by Superior Court Judge Bradley B. Letts for the Macon County Board of Elections became available to the public. The search warrant, which cites Assistant Special Agent in Charge T.D. Ammons of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation as the applicant on the warrant, states that there is “probable cause to believe that the Office of the Macon County Board of Elections has been used to commit the offense of embezzlement.”

The search warrant states that on Friday, Jan. 17, both Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland and District Attorney Mike Bonfoey requested the SBI’s assistance regarding possible financial crimes at the board of elections office. Ammons was assigned to the investigation.

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