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An arrest has been made more than two months after the Kmart building in Franklin was evacuated due to a fire.

Michael Scott, 18, of Franklin, was arrested at the Macon County Courthouse without incident on Monday, April 27. He was charged with felony burning certain building, and was given a $1,000 secured bond by Macon County Magistrate Erin Moorman.

"The Franklin Police Department has worked closely with the State Bureau of Investigation, the county fire marshal, and the Kmart Loss Prevention staff to complete a thorough investigation into the fire that occurred in February," said Franklin Police Chief David Adams.

On February 14, emergency personnel responded to a report of a fire in the upstairs storage room at Kmart located in the Westgate Plaza. After the fire was extinguished, Arson Investigator Farrell Jamison deemed the fire to be suspicious, as no electrical sources existed in the storage room other than an overhead light.

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Since 2010, bow hunters have been allowed to hunt on Sundays on private land. Falconry has also been allowed on Sundays on both private and public lands, but a debate in the North Carolina legislator may soon open the doors to allow for all types of hunting on private lands on Sundays.

If North Carolina were to pass either Senate Bill 658, or House Bill 640, the state would join 39 other states in the country that allow hunting on Sundays. Both pieces of proposed legislation would only allow Sunday hunting on private property.

Commissioner Paul Higdon brought the legislation to the attention of the board of commissioners last week and asked that the board take a stance opposing the measure. In a 4-1 vote, the board of commissioners decided to send a letter to Senator Jim Davis and Representative Roger West voicing their opposition of the bill to allow hunting on Sundays. Commissioner Jim Tate was the lone nay vote, and said he did so because growing up, he would often hunt in Georgia with his family on Sundays and supported the practice.

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A state loan weighing in just shy of $3 million is one step closer to being secured for Macon County Schools. Tuesday night, County Manager Derek Roland informed the board of commissioners that the $2.9 million QZAB (Qualified Zone Academy Bonds) loan needed to repair Union Academy and Highlands School is moving forward.

After concerns surrounding collateral for the loan and the required in-kind match, Roland informed the board that those issues were resolved and the project is moving forward. Commissioners voted to send the QZAB application on to the Local Government Commission for consideration.

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Just days after bringing a child into the world, you strap them up and put them in a car seat for the journey home. Whether it is your first child or your fifth, making sure you are up-to-date and educated an proper car seat safety will be one of the first responsibilities you have to your newborn.

Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car accidents. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 650 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 148,000 were injured in 2011.

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