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Family and friends of Day Williamson gathered in the Macon County courtroom on Tuesday afternoon hoping to find closure through resolution of the case against Charles Andrew Cochran, the man charged with Williamson's murder. After a 20 minute delay to begin court, and another two hour recess at the request of Cochran's counsel, Williamson's family learned that the state will now seek the death penalty.

Before court began, it was believed that the District Attorney's office and Cochran's counsel would be settling on a deal that would offer a life in prison sentence for Cochran instead of the death penalty, if Cochran were to plead guilty on Tuesday. The plea would avoid a trial and provide closure for the family of the victim.

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Saturday afternoon members of the community were given a behind-the-scenes look at the Macon County Airport during an open house celebration.

The event, made possible by the county and the Macon County Airport Authority was held to allow members of the public to familiarize themselves with the facility and its role in the community.

Guests were treated to upclose encounters with a slew of airplanes and helicopters including the emergency medical helicopter known as MAMA.

Curtis Blackwell offered musical entertainment and refreshments were served.

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Three years after commissioners began a journey to develop a new recreation complex for the citizens of Macon County, the park is finally ready for the first pitch. Macon County officials invite the public out for the first time on Tuesday, Aug. 25, beginning at 6 p.m.

"With the grass mowed, the fields perfected, and everything finally in place, we couldn’t think of a better way to say thank you than to give our citizens the opportunity to have the first look,” said Derek Roland, Macon County manager. "Without the support of the Macon County community, this project would not have been possible. This is their facility and Macon County is honored to be able to show it to them for the first time."

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The N.C. Highway Patrol needs the public’s help in locating the driver who hit a 12-year-old boy on a bicycle around 7 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 16) near the Western Carolina University campus.

August Lusk of Cullowhee was riding his bike on Old Cullowhee Road in front of Carolina Village Apartments, where his father, Matthew Lusk, lives. A truck attempting to pass, struck the boy from behind, said Trooper Cory Hipp, who investigated the accident.

August is in Asheville’s Mission Hospital. Michelle McCall, who is the mother of Matthew Lusk’s girlfriend, Deanna McCall, lives with August’s family. She listed August’s injuries, which she says include a compound leg fracture, a nearly severed Achilles tendon, broken collarbone and shoulder, broken pelvis, fractured skull and broken facial bones, bleeding on the brain and contusions.

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