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In the late afternoon hours, just before school let out at 3:05 p.m. at Macon Middle School, school faculty found “writing on a wall in a bathroom at the school stating that there would be a shooting at a given date and time” said Sheriff Robert Holland on Tuesday night.

According to Interim Superintendent Dr. Jim Duncan, MMS faculty immediately contacted the School Resource Officer, who, in turn, contacted Principal Scott Maslin and a Macon County Sheriff’s Office investigations unit. “It is unfortunate that kids do things like this that are terribly inappropriate and thoughtless,” said Duncan on Wednesday.

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At 3:30 the bell rang, and former pro wrestler Bobby Allen addressed more than 40 people in the stands. “Let us have a moment of silence in honor of those we lost in [Newtown] Connecticut,” said Allen. It was a clamorous Sunday afternoon at the community building in Franklin.

The turnout was all part of Save Our American Youth Club’s Pro-Wrestling Clash Before Christmas Spectacular Anti-Bullying Event — designed to raise awareness of the plight of bullying many youth face today.

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Macon County commissioners have been working for the last couple of years to preserve McCoy Bridge located on Rose Creek Road. When the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) informed Macon County that the iron truss bridge would be torn down and a new one built in its place, members of the community stepped up to plead with commissioners to save the bridge. As one of the last remaining true iron truss bridges in the state, McCoy Bridge is more than a steel structure, it is a piece of history.

McCoy Bridge (bridge 172 on SR 1456), crosses the Little Tennessee River, connecting Hwy. 28 with the northern end of Rose Creek Road in the Oak Grove Community...

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Both ends of Siler Road are now open and construction is virtually complete, said Mitchell Bishop, engineer for the project. Late last week, the portion of Siler Road featuring the new bridge was opened up having to be temporarily closed to allow final upgrades.

“When the contractor built the bridge there was a slight differentiation in the elevation of the pavement which caused a bump in the road,” explained Bishop. “In my opinion the bump caused the road not to be up to standard so we closed it to fix it and to allow a smoother ride on the road.”

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