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EMS crews were called to the scene of a vehicle that crashed into the Cullasaja River at 51 Haven Meadow Ln. on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Tracy Thompson, of Franklin, who was helping out the owner of the car, attempted to crank the Jeep Liberty, but was not accustomed to a stick shift. The vehicle began to roll toward the river taking a fence and a bench with it.

As the vehicle got closer to the river, Thompson jumped out in order to avoid taking a cold swim.

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Could be applied to all advisory boards

Macon County Commissioners recently adopted a code of conduct policy for planning board members to adhere to – a policy aimed at squelching political animosities between planning board members – with the intent on making the advisory board more effective and less controversial. The standards of conduct applies exclusively to the planning board, and contains 17 different sets of criteria newly appointed planning board members must abide by. Anyone wanting to volunteer on the planning board must sign the standards of conduct before being appointed by the Board of Commissioners.

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Paul Higdon and Rick Snyder to challenge Kuppers.

Anyone who wants to make a difference and be directly involved with public policy at the local or state level has until next Wednesday, Feb. 29, to officially put their names in the hat to run for office or a particular seat in government. The filing period began on Monday, Feb. 13, and so far, several incumbents and candidates in Macon County have formally filed to run, including chairman of the board of commissioners, Kevin Corbin, as well as commissioners Bob Kuppers and Jimmy Tate.

Three district seats for the board of commissioners will be decided on this November. District one of Highlands, one seat in district two, and district three within Macon County will be challenged this spring and fall.

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Representatives of Macon County’s planning department and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) met with residents of Clarks Chapel on Feb. 13, to discuss a new roundabout that will be built at the juncture of Dowdle Mountain Rd and US 441. The project, which also includes a new left turning lane on US 64/441, seeks to improve traffic congestion and traffic flow in the area, before the new Wal-Mart Supercenter opens its doors later this year. The Clarks Chapel Community Club hosted the event.

Matt Mason, supervisor of environmental services with Macon County’s planning department, assisted NCDOT engineers with answering citizen inquiries at the Clarks Chapel community center.

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