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Brittney Parker – Staff Writer The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen have requested that the ABC Committee identify three possible locations for the Town's ABC store to relocate to before they make a decision on whether or not to renew the current store’s lease.

For the past 17 years, the store has been leasing a 6,500 square foot space from Macon Plaza for approximately $6,069.76 per month. In December, Todd Mason, ABC store manager, informed the Town Aldermen that Centro Properties Group (the firm responsible for managing the plaza) proposed raising the monthly rent by 10 percent when the store's lease is up next November.

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) configured a contract in June of 2010 to implement improvements along a two-and-a-half mile stretch of NC Hwy 28, and since that time, the project has seen only minor revisions, according to reports from the NCDOT. The state DOT website reveals that the project is fifty percent complete and is on schedule to conclude this November, which is close to the originally planned completion date.

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On January 19th, 2012 the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office competed in the 2012 N.C. D.A.R.E Officers Association Conference car show in Wilmington, N.C.

D.A.R.E Officer Sgt. Johnny Hollifield attended the conference as well as 60+ D.A.R.E. Officers from all across the state of North Carolina to receive training in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education curriculum as well as related topics. Among the week’s events was a D.A.R.E. car show. The cars entered were voted on by other officers and we are proud to announce that Jackson County Sheriff took 1st place.

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On January 23, 2012, deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspects and charged them with multiple charges after determining they had in their possession stolen items from a construction site in Waynesville and stolen items from the HUB (Jackson County School of Alternatives). Reports were filed on Monday morning about a breaking and entering and larceny that had occurred over the weekend at the HUB. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the suspects on the evening of January 23, 2012 and found items that were stolen from the two mentioned locations.

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