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Two candidates for the Macon County Board of Education filed with alacrity in hopes of grabbing one of the three seats on the board that are up for election this November.

The seats up for election this fall are District I (Highlands) currently held by Stephanie McCall; District III (Nantahala) currently held by Tommy Baldwin; and District IV (Franklin) currently held by Jim Breedlove. The board's five members, which are elected to four-year staggered terms, represent the three school districts and the county at large.

As of press time on Wednesday, according to the Board of Elections, incumbents Jim Breedlove of District IV Franklin and Tommy Baldwin of District III Nantahala, are the only residents who have filed for school board. McCall spoke with the Macon County News Wednesday morning and said she plans to file for re-election before the July 6 deadline.

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According to Macon County's dispatch CAD report, Tuesday afternoon at approximately 2:21 p.m. a four-year-old child from Andrews was injured in a car accident that resulted in a DWI arrest.

According to a report from the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the toddler was “in the door” of a parked vehicle driven by Susan Klocke of Otto at Loafer’s Glory when a second vehicle, driven by Jamie Gregory of Franklin, backed up and collided with the parked vehicle. The CAD report states that the caller “advises child has been hit by a vehicle at Loafer’s Glory. Caller advises she [the child] is awake and her dad is carrying her and she looks to have a leg injury.”

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Shortly before 11 p.m. on Tuesday night, Macon County residents were slightly rattled when an earthquake struck a few miles northeast of Franklin near the Jackson County border. Several residents thought the short “boom” was thunder.

According to David Key, Macon County’s Emergency Services Director, several residents reported hearing a large “boom” and called trying to find out what caused it. Key reported that no damage has been reported as of press time.

Teresa Burns of Sylva said she thought someone had crashed into her garage. “I was about to get in the shower and heard a loud boom,” said Burns.

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Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen passed the proposed town budget for the fiscal year 2012-13 earlier this month, wherein board members resolved the contentious issue of establishing municipal water and sewer rates for Maconians tapped into the utility.

The June 7 meeting was a continuation from a budget workshop held just days before, where officials held little debate over most of the proposed $8.4 million budget laid out by Town Manager Sam Greenwood. The proposed flat budget included no increase on the valuation tax rate, and introduced a small raise in base pay for town employees.

Aldermen and Mayor Joe Collins could not however decide on setting a water and sewer rate schedule. The proposed budget levied for an average increase of six percent for water and 14 percent for sewer services to compensate for a shortfall in utility revenue.

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