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After a lengthy debate over whether or not to postpone the county’s revaluation, Jackson County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution on Jan. 17 to delay the process until 2016, instead of the scheduled 2013 date. Jackson is just the latest WNC county that has followed the trend across the state to push back property revaluations until the real estate market improves.

The county’s tax administrator/assessor, Bobby McMahan, advised board members to postpone the revaluation date during the county’s Jan. 13 work session, citing a lack of comp data (comparable home prices in a localized area) and an insufficient amount of time to complete the study...

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Adds 22 new guestrooms and additional outdoor heated mineral pool

Old Edwards Inn and Spa announces the addition of 22 new guestrooms and an outdoor heated mineral pool to meet the growing demand for accommodations. The Forbes Four-Star property broke ground on the project Nov. 7,. Scheduled for completion the first quarter of 2013, the addition will bring the hotel’s room count to 90. The new mineral pool will be the third at the resort; the second pool was completed in 2009 as part of the Old Edwards Club golf addition.

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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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