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An incident of domestic violence in Clayton, Ga., on Sunday, ended with a Franklin man driving himself all the way to Angel Medical Center with a gunshot wound. Investigators with both the Clayton Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are still trying to put the pieces together.

At approximately 9 p.m., Clayton Police officers reportedly responded to a complaint of domestic violence on Duncan Street, behind the post office in downtown Clayton. Upon arrival, officers Riley Owens and Shawn Wilson detected a strong odor of alcohol on Marty Thompson, Nikki Wykle, Brandon Coalley and Lesley Anglin, all of Franklin, whom were reportedly “shaken” by what had just transpired minutes before. According to reports, officers noted that they appeared to be inebriated.

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Across North Carolina on Tuesday, newly elected officials were sworn into office. In Macon County, the Board of Education swore in two returning board members and welcomed one new face. After running uncontested races, Stephanie McCall and Jim Breedlove secured their seats on the board and were sworn back into office. Melissa Evans, who won the November election against long-time board member Tommy Baldwin, was sworn into office for the first time to represent the Nantahala District.

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During December's regularly scheduled meeting of the Franklin Board of Aldermen, Town Manager Sam Greenwood asked the board to consider moving Pickin' on the Square to the Town Hall parking lot for the 2013 season.

Historically held on Town Square at the Gazebo, Pickin' has been temporarily moved to Town Hall from time to time for small renovation projects to the Square, and according to Greenwood, individuals involved with the event seems to like the alternate venue.

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Ricky Fouts is scheduled to be in court today (Dec. 6).

A Burningtown man charged with murdering his son made bail last week.

Ricky Fouts, 52, was charged with second degree murder after he allegedly shot his 30-year-old son Cy Levi Fouts after a family dispute lead to his death on the evening of Nov. 13. The father was arrested and held in Macon County Sheriff’s Office custody on a $125,000 secured bond.

On Monday, Nov. 26, bail bondsman Darlene Ensley posted bail releasing Ricky Fouts from custody at approximately 10:24 a.m. As part of the condition of his release, Fouts is to have no contact with incident witness Julia Hixon.

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