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Board secures $1.5 million loan for upgrade.

During a brief meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, August 14, commissioners voted to finance the new computers that will bring the school system's technology up-to-date.

Originally commissioners were going to pay for the $1.5 million upgrade out of the county's fund balance for this fiscal year, but after county attorney Chester Jones and finance director Lori Hall explored financing options, commissioners decided to break the payments up over two fiscal years.

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With the advent of social media on the rise in American culture, The Macon County News & Shopping Guide has now come into the technological fold.

This week, MCN’s website, maconnews.com, is proud to present a new feature that will allow its readers to interact with one other in a whole new way. We hope to generate public interest and discourse on local matters with the new feature. It serves to further involve readers in the issues that matter most. We want to know; What are your thoughts? At the bottom of each news article, our online readers can find a comment box and “like” button, which will allow them to interact with one another via Facebook. There they can share their thoughts or questions on any given subject. User generated content will be moderated in order to avoid inappropriate or gratuitous language. The new feature mirrors the activity generated on the Macon County News’ Facebook page.

MCN invites you, the reader, to not only get involved in online discussion, but to also “like” our Facebook page for all current news and updates for the Macon, Jackson and Rabun county areas. We look forward to hearing your views.

Deputies with the Macon County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) arrested Scott Cole IV on Thursday, Aug. 16. Cole was charged with felony counts of manufacturing marijuana, marijuana possession and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. Cole, who is expected to appear in court on Aug. 30, was also charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to an application for a search warrant from MCSO Detective Chris Murray, after Cole became the owner of his residence, the power records indicated a dramatic increase in power consumption. The search warrant shows that the power consumption ranged from being 2045 kilowatt hours at a cost of $188.83 for the period of Nov. 22, 2011, to Dec. 22, 2011, and steadily increased until reaching a high of 4144 killowatt hours at $404.16 for June 21, 2012 to July 2012.

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While toxicology reports are still pending in the case of James Robert Pruitt—the deceased victim of a July 8 shooting in Otto—details from an autopsy report released by the state Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, reveal that he did, in fact, die by a single gunshot wound.

The report, released on July 23, determined that Pruitt died from a gunshot wound to his left leg, and that there was evidence of hypertensive type cardiovascular disease. According to Dr. Lawrence Selby, who performed the autopsy at Harris Regional Hospital on July 9, Pruitt was shot in the upper left thigh by a .22 caliber handgun while walking up steps. The bullet traveled “through the region of the femoral artery,” read the report, which added that “copious blood is present through and about this wound. No projectiles are recovered.”

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