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Jackson authorities are investigating the case of a 14-year-old white female who was reportedly raped earlier this month.

The incident occurred on Sept. 8 in the Sylva area, according to reports, which resulted in the subsequent arrest of suspect, 19-year-old Jonathan Tyler Pitts on Sept. 15.

“In this case, the investigation has determined the suspect made friends with the victim via the internet social networking site, Facebook,” reads a statement released by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office last Friday. “Further investigation has determined the name used during this correspondence was an alias used by the suspect to avoid detection.”

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After months of inquiries, Macon County officials have opted not to contest the Census results revealed earlier this year, after the findings revealed that Macon was no longer the fastest growing county in Western North Carolina.

Last May, officials expressed their skepticism of the findings and their intent to re-examine those figures with federal workers. County Manager Jack Horton noted that the preliminary population figures released last year proved lower than the final count of the Census. “We thought that was unusual, given the fact that most of the preliminary estimates in other counties actually ended up being lower than what their final count was,” said Horton at the time.

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Several grants were approved at last Monday’s Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen continuation meeting. Alderman Billy Mashburn was absent from the meeting due to family obligations.

But the aldermen were cautious in the process, favoring nonprofit applicants to others, following months of talks in establishing a new grant funding process — a policy that would establish a grant ranking system for community nonprofits.

In fact, Karen Stiwinter, on behalf of the Macon County Community Foundation, offered her organization’s services as an entity that distributes 100 percent of all grant funds it collects to non-profits. Stiwinter came with local architect Tom Ritter, the foundation’s president for next year.

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Last Friday Macon County Commissioners formally submitted a bid of $247,000 for the old Cartoogechaye School property. County Manager Jack Horton and board Chairman Brian McClellan updated the board on the bid to possibly obtain the school located on U.S. 64 west of Franklin.

The old Cartoogechaye school was considered surplus in October 2007 after a new school was built. McClellan explains the bid to retain the school as being a service to the taxpayers in Macon County who paid to build the new school site. County commissioners voted to bid on the school just before the 10-day “upset period” was set to expire, upsetting an earlier bid of $235,000 which was placed by a farmer with plans to use the land adjacent to Cartoogechaye Creek for tomato fields.

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