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A motor home fire occurred on Cowee Mountain Tuesday, October 16. It is owned by Curtis Winkler of Anniston, Alabama.

A passerby alerted Winkler of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Franklin Fire Department responded to the call.

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Dates to remember:

— General Election is Tuesday, November 6
— Absentee ballots begin Friday, September 7
— Voter Registration (by-mail) deadline is Friday, October 12
— One-stop absentee voting and same day registration runs from Thursday, October 18 to Saturday, November 3
— Tuesday, October 30 is the last day to request an absentee ballot.

All Absentee ballots must be received by Board of Election by Monday, November 5.

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The Macon County News traditionally provides our readers with profiles of candidates running for office in the weeks prior to the election. This week the focus is on the candidates for the District III seat on the Board of Commissioners.

Bobby Kuppers – District III

Bobby Kuppers is the Democratic incumbent candidate for the District III seat on the Board of Commissioners. Kuppers has been a resident of Macon County since 1960, when he moved here with his family at the age of six years old.

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After 40 years going virtually untouched, the Macon County recreation pool complex will officially get an upgrade this fall. During their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night, commissioners unanimously voted to award two bids totaling $546,000 to give a complete upgrade to Macon County's pool and pool-house.

Commissioners voted to award Augusta Aquatics the $338,500 contract for the pool portion of the project. Seth Adams, director of Macon County Recreation Department, said that the company originally submitted the lowest bid at $360,142, but he was able to negotiate the price down to save the county nearly $22,000. “Augusta Aquatics came highly recommended by Aquatics H2O, the firm that drafted the plans for the pool,” said Adams. “They are a larger company and said that this project will be the smallest project they do all year, which made me feel better about it.”

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