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The Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Highlands Police Department and Franklin Police Department will participate in Operation Medicine Drop on Saturday, March 23. Operation Medicine Drop is a partnership of Safe Kids North Carolina, N.C .State Bureau of Investigation, the Riverkeepers of North Carolina, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of North Carolina and local law enforcement agencies, working together to encourage the public to safely dispose of unused and unwanted medication.

Operation Medicine Drop helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse while protecting our waters. Since 2010, more than 30 million dosages have been collected just during OMD events. North Carolina will hold its fourth annual Operation Medicine Drop March 17-23, to coincide with National Poison Prevention Week. For more information visit www.ncsafekids.org or call (828)349-2075.


During their regularly scheduled monthly meeting Tuesday night, Macon County Commissioners voted to appoint a Board of Directors to oversee the historic Cowee School project.

County Commissioner Ronnie Beale has been acting as a liaison to the project and informed the board the he considered the community input as well as the advice of County Commissioner Paul Higdon, who represents the Cowee district, when looking for individuals to serve on the board.


Macon County District Court dismissed charges regarding alleged communicating threats against Macon County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Detective Amy Stewart last Thursday. Court documents signed by prosecutor James H. Moore Jr., show the two criminal cases against Stewart were both dismissed.

The case involving alleged threats made via social media from Stewart toward a Franklin High School student were dismissed because “mediation successful.”

The second case involving Stewart and Macon County Schools' employee Anna Shields was dropped citing, “there is insufficient evidence to warrant prosecution for the following reasons; the statements and actions of the defendant do not constitute a threat as defined by law.”


Two years after the death of 15-month-old Aubrey Littlejohn, a conviction has been made. A Swain County woman pleaded guilty last Monday to killing her 15-month-old niece in a case in which social workers are accused of ignoring, then covering up the child's abuse until after her death.

Ladybird Powell, 39, of Bryson City, appeared in Swain County Superior Court on March 4, where she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, extortion, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of felony child abuse.

Judge James Downs sentenced Powell to 12 years in prison.


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