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The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) Division of Aviation recently approved of a $2.09 million grant award for Macon County’s Airport, with the federal monies going towards the reconstruction and repaving of the airport’s parking apron. According to Milles Gregory, chairperson of Macon County’s airport authority, the airport’s current parking apron “is in shambles” and the project is “long overdue.”

“We are really glad to receive the news and I think this project will do a lot of good in making our airport much better in the future,” said Gregory.

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Concerned citizen identifies perpetrator

After months of investigation, authorities from Buncombe County have apprehended a Franklin man suspected of robbing a bank in Asheville.

Brian Keith Leonhart, 32, was arrested on Dec. 29 at his residence on Cook Street in Franklin, by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office. Leonhart was arrested for robbery with a dangerous weapon, after detectives with the Asheville Police Department obtained a warrant for his arrest.

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Franklin’s Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to approve the purchase of 12 Samsung Galaxy Tablets. The tablets, which will be provided to each member of the board along with Kevin McGonigal, the Town's IT Administrator, Town Manager Sam Greenwood, Assistant to the Manager, Summer Woodard, Town Clerk, Janet Anderson and Town Planner Mike Grubermann.

During Monday night's meeting, under the recommendations of McGonigal, the board approved to initially purchase 12 tablets. Greenwood suggested for the town to consider purchasing more tablets in the future in order to supply each department head with one.

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After serving seven consecutive terms, amounting to 14 years in office, Representative Phil Haire, (D-119) will not be running for an eighth term in the General Assembly.

Western North Carolina was buzzing with the news last week after Haire issued a press release announcing his decision to not seek re-election.

“As visions of sugar plums dance in our heads”, we recall the wonderful memories of family, friends, and fellowship during the Christmas season. As we look forward to the coming New Year, I will not be filing for re-election to the 119th District of the North Carolina House of Representatives,” said Haire. “It has been my highest honor and privilege to have been elected by you to serve as your representative for seven consecutive terms. So, to the finest people, in the finest part of North Carolina and in the best State in the United States, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and wish God’s blessing on each and every one,” he concluded.

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