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News General

Newsmakers & Top Headlines of the Year

2011 was certainly an eventful year — internationally, nationally, and locally. From the Japanese tsunami to the death of Osama bin Laden and the advent of the Arab Spring, events around the world sparked triumph and tragedy.

There were at least 12 natural disasters, and several unnatural ones in America and throughout the globe that resulted in devastating loss of life and crippling financial losses. Bin Laden’s death at the hands of Seal Team six ignited huge celebrations throughout the United States, and successfully concluded the decade-long manhunt for the world’s most wanted person.

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Transport program made New Year’s Eve safer.

For its third consecutive year, sheriff’s deputies in Macon County kept roads safer during the New Year for Operation Think Twice.

With no questions asked, party-goers were given rides by deputies after calling the Macon County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) to request a ride home. “Think Twice,” a local initiative seeking to lower the rate of drinking and driving during the New Year’s celebrations, has seen moderate success in recent years. From 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 6 a.m. on Jan. 1, the public was encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office to request a ride.

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) Division of Aviation recently approved of a $2.09 million grant award for Macon County’s Airport, with the federal monies going towards the reconstruction and repaving of the airport’s parking apron. According to Milles Gregory, chairperson of Macon County’s airport authority, the airport’s current parking apron “is in shambles” and the project is “long overdue.”

“We are really glad to receive the news and I think this project will do a lot of good in making our airport much better in the future,” said Gregory.

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Concerned citizen identifies perpetrator

After months of investigation, authorities from Buncombe County have apprehended a Franklin man suspected of robbing a bank in Asheville.

Brian Keith Leonhart, 32, was arrested on Dec. 29 at his residence on Cook Street in Franklin, by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office. Leonhart was arrested for robbery with a dangerous weapon, after detectives with the Asheville Police Department obtained a warrant for his arrest.

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