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After fostering and eventually adopting a pet of their own from the Macon County Animal Control last year, Ken and Tammy Sigler have made it their mission to help find homes for the cats and dogs at the shelter.

“My husband Ken and myself have been volunteering at Animal Control for a few weeks now. It all began a year ago at Pumpkinfest,” remembers Tammy. “We saw a beautiful, but very abused, dog named Teddybear, disguised as a bumblebee at their "Last Chance" Pet Adoption downtown. We took him home as a foster pet and after several months of working with him, decided that we could not be without him in our lives.”

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Macon County has been awarded federal funds through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Macon County has been chosen to receive $17,667 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army; American Red Cross; The Jewish Federations of North America; Catholic Charities, U.S.A.; National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A; and United Way Worldwide. The local board is charged with distributing funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

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A Franklin man has been charged with numerous offenses stemming from a burglary in south Macon.

On Nov. 16, Justin Kyle Hodgins, 25, of South Skeenah Road was arrested after initially being spotted attempting to break nto a home in South Macon.

According to reports, Macon County Sheriff’s Officer Tracy Burt received a call on the morning of the incident advising that a man was attempting to break into a home on Sunset Ridge Road. The suspect was allegedly attempting to unscrew the security lights at the residence, however the suspect was gone before Burt arrived. Hodgins was reportedly driving an older model black Honda Accord Sedan.

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Macon County’s IT director Andy Muncey has successfully graduated from the 2012 Certified Government Chief Information Officers Program™ at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government.

The CGCIO™ program is the first local government specific program for CIOs in the nation and began in 2005. The program is designed for local government Chief Information Officers and Information Technology Directors whose challenging responsibilities require a broad understanding of management, leadership, legal, regulatory, and enterprise topics.\

The course is approximately 240 hours in length and course instruction covers strategic technology planning, communication, project management, emerging trends, risk assessment and management, acquisition management, change management, leadership, security, legal issues and financial trends.

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