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News General

Newsmakers & Top Headlines of the Year (continued from the Jan. 5th issue)

July

The Macon County Board of Commissioners appointed school board member Gary Shields to fill a vacancy on the Southwestern Community College’s Board of Trustees in July.

Shields, former principal of Franklin High School, was appointed to complete the term of Charles Leatherman, who resigned from the SCC board effective June 1. Shields’ term is set to expire on June 30, 2012.

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The Macon County Board of Commissioners recognized county employees for their service and dedication at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Once a year, commissioners host a reception in honor of employees reaching the 10, 15, 20 and 25 year mark in their career with the county.

Each employee received special recognition before the monthly board meeting and were presented with a pin and a plaque to commemorate their accomplishments.

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The Town of Franklin hopes to be able to announce the new Police Chief by the first of February, said Ashley Hyder, human resource officer for the Town.

The search to replace Chief Terry Bradley after he announced his retirement back in September began on Oct. 1. After 25 years of service to Macon County and 18 years as Franklin’s Police Chief, Terry Bradley announced that his last day with the Town will be on Jan. 27, 2012.

“I have had a wonderful career,” said Bradley. “The citizens of Franklin and of Macon County are great people to have served, and it has been a pleasure serving them.”

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Two weeks after receiving notification of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant, the Macon County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved of the designated 10 percent grant match of $232,634 during its regular scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10. In order to receive the grant, given and allocated out by the NCDOT Division of Aviation, Macon County and the state each had to pitch in 10 percent of the total project cost of $2,326,340. The grant match will be appropriated from the county’s fund balance.

The size of the grant is warranted due to the fact that the parking apron has not seen any improvements since the 1970s, according to officials with the Division of Aviation and Milles Gregory, chairman of Macon County’s Airport Authority.

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