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After 40 years going virtually untouched, the Macon County recreation pool complex will officially get an upgrade this fall. During their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night, commissioners unanimously voted to award two bids totaling $546,000 to give a complete upgrade to Macon County's pool and pool-house.

Commissioners voted to award Augusta Aquatics the $338,500 contract for the pool portion of the project. Seth Adams, director of Macon County Recreation Department, said that the company originally submitted the lowest bid at $360,142, but he was able to negotiate the price down to save the county nearly $22,000. “Augusta Aquatics came highly recommended by Aquatics H2O, the firm that drafted the plans for the pool,” said Adams. “They are a larger company and said that this project will be the smallest project they do all year, which made me feel better about it.”

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More than 159 pounds of prescription drugs collected.

In an effort to make Macon County streets safer, Macon County's Sheriff's Office worked with the Franklin Police Department, the State Bureau of Investigation and Highlands Police Department to take part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day last Saturday.

Lead by the Drug Enforcement Administration, law enforcement agencies in Western North Carolina posted locations last Saturday that gave the public the opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by safely disposing of the medications.

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Detectives with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit have charged four Macon County residents with numerous property crimes involving five residences in Macon County.

All of the residences were unoccupied when the crimes were committed and one of the crimes involved a stolen tractor that was recovered in Georgia.

Macon County detectives also contacted the Haywood County Sheriff's Office and provided information regarding additional crimes that occurred in Haywood County.

The defendants and current charges are as follows:

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What will happen to Holly Springs Plaza?

The Town of Franklin Planning Department has performed a site inspection of the new Super Wal-Mart site, and found it to be in compliance with the zoning regulations of the district, assuring that the store is on track to open its doors on Oct. 26.

The new plaza, which is expected to be a new destination for economic growth along the 441 highway corridor, according to Town Planner Derek Roland, already has five businesses ready to relocate to the new plaza. “Thus far the following businesses have submitted sign permit applications: Dollar Tree, Shoe Show, Cato, G2K Games and U.S. Cellular,” said Roland. “A Subway restaurant will also be located inside the Wal-Mart main building.”

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