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The Macon County Commissioners and the Planning Board met at a local restaurant in Franklin last Thursday to discuss the future of planning throughout the county.

Over the past few months, Macon County’s Planning Board has fallen under scrutiny, and after a four-month hiatus from its monthly meetings, reconvened to meet with commissioners. Board of commissioner chairman Kevin Corbin began the joint meeting noting that because of the diligence on behalf of the Planning Board, Macon County is on the forefront of economic development and progress.

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U-Save-It Pharmacy victim to ‘smash and grab’ robbery

Detectives with the Franklin Police Department are investigating a break-in at the U-Save-It Pharmacy that resulted in the theft of hundreds of prescription narcotics, in what they are calling a “smash and grab” robbery.

The incident occurred at approximately 5 a.m. on Friday morning, according to Detective Tracy Chastain, at the pharmacy which is located just off of U.S. 441S. in Franklin Plaza. It has yet to be determined whether more than one person was involved in the prescription theft. While some details are scarce, Chastain confirmed on Wednesday that entry to the business was gained by smashing in the window of the front door.

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New grass expected to save maintenance cost

According to Franklin Town Manager Sam Greenwood, the grass covering the historic Nikwasi Indian Mound has been intentionally sprayed with an herbicide to kill the grass and prevent it from growing, but the Town's intentions are to better preserve the mound.

“It has always been considered disrespectful to have people on top of the mound to maintain the grass,” said Greenwood. “By spraying it with herbicide, the old grass will be able to be raked off and we will replace it with hydroseed that will require less maintenance and will lead to the mound being less disturbed.”

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Several local and state officials visited the Methodist Home for Children (MHC) on Tuesday for its bi-annual luncheon at its main facility.

Since 2008 the MHC program in Macon County has been providing a multipurpose home that serves youth who are mandated by the courts to receive residential care. It is also the only multipurpose home serving atrisk youth west of Raleigh. The advantage of the facility is its progressive, rehabilitative and interventional approach to juvenile delinquency, explained MHC President

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