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Last Friday, Jan. 24, at approximately 9:55 a.m. a fire broke out in the Holly Springs community.

The fire occurred at 86 Hollyview Circle at a home owned by Bill Marcello.

Franklin, Cullasaja and Mountain Valley Fire Departments were called on to put out the fire.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.



Property owner objects to installation of a sewer line.

Last week, the Town of Franklin held a special meeting to discuss a legal matter in a closed session about a pending lawsuit according to town attorney, John Henning Jr.

In documents obtained from the Macon County Clerk of Court's office, it has come to light that there is a pending lawsuit against the Town of Franklin.

Paperwork was filed on April 2, 2012, on behalf of John W. Mitchell, Jr. Revocable Trust and lists Jones P. Byrd of Van Winkle Law Firm in Asheville as the legal representation for the plaintiff.


The Parker Meadows Recreational Complex may be finished sooner than originally expected. Last week, Macon County Recreational Director Seth Adams and County Planner Matt Mason presented commissioners with three development options for the Parker Meadows property.

The preliminary proposal for the recreation complex was designed to comply with county’s obligation of the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant. Macon County received $500,000 in PARTF funds for the development of the project. After reviewing the plans, Adams and Mason found that the county stands to save a significant amount of money in the long run if they develop the complex all at one time, versus in phases over time. The three proposals are each a little more in depth than the one proposed before it, eventually building up to the final option, which includes a full scale, completed recreation facility.


Friday afternoon, a search warrant issued by Superior Court Judge Bradley B. Letts for the Macon County Board of Elections became available to the public. The search warrant, which sites Assistant Special Agent in Charge T.D. Ammons of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation as the applicant on the warrant, states that there is “probable cause to believe that the Office of the Macon County Board of Elections has been used to commit the offense of embezzlement.”

The search warrant states that on Friday January 17, both Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland and District Attorney Mike Bonfoey requested the SBI’s assistance regarding possible financial crimes at the board of elections office, at which point Ammons was assigned to the investigation.


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