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With the April 15 deadline approaching to make a final decision on purchasing the old Parker Meadows property to develop a Recreation Complex, Macon County commissioners found themselves split on how to proceed.

As clarified by commissioners, the board has already voted to enter into a purchase agreement to move forward with acquiring the property. To finalize the purchase agreement, commissioners must complete the due diligence period, which will determine if the property can be used for its intended purpose, in this case, a recreational complex.

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Authorities in Macon County are turning to the public for help in solving a string of fires that have ensued over the past month. On Monday, Franklin Police Chief David Adams said that with no solid leads to go on, investigators are asking the public to notify the police station with any information regarding suspicious behavior or activity.

The string of fires began about a month ago and have all been in a relatively close proximity to one another, according to Franklin Fire Chief Warren Cabe.

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Compensation study revealed underpaid employees.

Almost two years after a compensation study was completed for Macon County employees, in a 3-2 vote, the Board of Commissioners voted to implement the findings of the study, without raising taxes.

The study, which was conducted in August 2011 with findings being presented to the board last July, was conducted by Springsted Incorporated, a highly touted firm closely associated with the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. According to County Manager Jack Horton, based on the market data used by Springsted, the current pay plan in place in Macon County reflects minimum, maximum and midpoints...

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Ordinance against shooting would require a rewrite.

Macon County is home to two shooting ranges, both of which present challenges to the user. The Dirty John shooting range is closer to Nantahala than Franklin, about an hour to an hour and a half round trip for most Franklin residents while Moss Knob, the range on Ellijay, is only slightly closer in distance. Neither are much more than a flat area with a few posts meant to hold up user provided targets, but even those have been so damaged by the guns being shot repeatedly at them that they hardly serve the purpose well anymore. Both ranges require users to travel quite a ways off of the beaten path and both are outdoors.

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