61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Highlands’ Jimmy Tate to replace McClellan

Jimmy Tate, a sixth generation Highlander, has been selected by Macon County’s Republican Party to replace Brian McClellan, former chairman of the Macon County Board of Commissioners. Tate will serve out McClellan’s term as the District I representative of Highlands, but will be up for reelection in 2012, as mandated by the North Carolina General Statutes. Tate challenged Brian McClellan for the seat in the May 2010 primary, losing by 226 votes.

The executive committee of Macon County’s GOP had to pick a replacement for McClellan after he resigned from the board following a DWI arrest in Jackson County on Nov. 18. The Board of Commissioners unamiously accepted Mc- Clellan’s resignation during a special meeting on Dec. 1.

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At its Monday meeting, the Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen, along with the Macon County Clerk of Court Vic Perry, swore in Joe Collins as Mayor, along with Verlin Curtis, Joyce Handley, Farrell Jamison and Bob Scott for their renewed positions of the board.

 Photos by Davin Eldridge.

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Dozens of people gathered to wish former Franklin Fire and Rescue Chief Pete Haithcock a fond farewell last Friday at a retirement reception held at Town Hall in his honor.

After a total of 34 years of working at the department, starting as a regular fireman, Haithcock officially retired from a long career with a reputation for leaving his post in top notch condition. For the last 15 years, he has reigned as chief of the department.

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Although an overwhelming majority of Macon Bank’s members approved of the institution’s plan to convert to stock ownership during a special meeting on Nov. 8, 2011, the Bank’s Board of Directors decided not to move forward with the conversion due to the nation’s economic woes and financial problems in Europe, a banking crisis that some analysts predict will disintegrate the European Union. Macon Bank’s Board of Directors unanimously adopted a plan to convert the company to stock ownership on Jan. 19, 2011. Their decision to postpone the conversion was attributed to the poor performance of U.S. bank stocks in the market this year.

After filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in June, Macon Bank began to offer shares in September at $10 a share. After the Board of Directors halted the bank’s transformation to stock ownership, Macon Bank’s CEO Roger Plemens sent a letter to stock subscribers stating that Macon Bank would return their funds.

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