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Toddler undergoing another surgery this Friday.

A year and two months after then 28-month-old Kirsten Simpkins was brutally attacked by her stepgrandmother in Dillsboro, the case has finished up in court. Last Wednesday, Lisa Plank Hart of Dillsboro, who in May pled guilty to felony child abuse for inflicting serious bodily harm, was sentenced to 63 months in jail, with the option of early release based on her behavior. After time served of 13 months, Hart is facing 50 months behind bars, a sentence that Simpkins' mother, Jennifer Hart, said does not come close to making up for what she did to her daughter more than a year ago.

“Lisa only got 63 months, then minus the 13 months she has already served, so about 50 months but she can get out on good behavior,” said Jennifer. “I feel that she should have gotten a lot longer for nearly killing my child. I have not had contact with Lisa and will continue to not have any contact with her. Lisa took my child's normal childhood and she gets a light sentence.”

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Although the economy is slowly starting to improve, people across the country are still looking for ways to save a penny wherever possible. Without having to increase taxes in the county and operating on the lowest tax rate in the state, the Macon County Board of Commissioners continues to closely examine the budget to find new ways to save taxpayer dollars to help the county through the recession.

With the best interest of citizens in mind, commissioners voted Tuesday night to approve modifications to two existing loans with BB&T bank, which will save the county $51,000 the first year.

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In a continuation meeting of the Franklin Town Board of Aldermen, the board voted to spend all of the $40,000 appropriated in the town's budget for grant requests. With little discussion, the board voted to honor the requests of the nine non-profits applying for funding because of the services they offer Franklin residents.

Non-profit grant requests that were approved include:

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September 29 is “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” and the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) has partnered with local law enforcement agencies in Western North Carolina to give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by safely disposing prescription drug medications at designated locations. Members of the community will be able to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs by bringing them to one of the 42 sites open on Saturday. The service is free.

Franklin will have two locations operating on Saturday, one in the Kmart Plaza and the other in the Walmart shopping center. Both locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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