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Macon County Department of Social Services (DSS) will accept applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program known as LIHEAP on Monday, Dec.1, 2014. LIHEAP provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help eligible households with heating expenses.

December 1 – December 31:

To be eligible a household must have either:

  • An elderly person ages 60 and above OR;
  • A disabled person receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS)
  • In addition income guidelines must also be met.

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Friday morning, Franklin Police Chief David Adams as well as other deputies will be gathering at Main Street Coffee and Yogurt for the first annual, “Coffee with a Cop” meeting.

“We hope that this builds better community relations and that through talking with the public first hand, we can improve our department,” said Chief Adams. “We want to listen to what citizens have to say about our community and the police department and we see this as an excellent way to do that.”

A local officer brought “Coffee with a Cop” to the attention of Chief Adams. The idea originated out of California and has since swept the nation as an opportunity for law enforcement agencies to work more closely with the community. From answering questions, to seeking advice on procedures and protocol, Chief Adams said no topic is off limits.

"We want to know how the public thinks we are doing, and what we can do to get better,” he said.

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North Carolina’s Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker spent last Friday afternoon touring a handful of the “homegrown” businesses in Macon County.

Starting at Drake Software, Decker met with business owners and employees to discuss what makes living in Macon County so great.

After Drake Software, Decker, who was accompanied by Macon County Commission Chair Kevin Corbin and Economic Development Director Tommy Jenkins, Decker stopped at Duotech to receive a tour of the manufacturing facilities from Engineer Rich Peoples.

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It has been more than a week since Alec Lansing walked away from a camping trip in Jackson County. That means it has been more than a week since his mother Pamela, or any friends and family have heard from the teen.

The camping trip Alec was on hosted by Trails Carolina Wilderness Therapy Program in Lake Toxaway, was intended to be a wilderness therapy camp for the group of high-risk teens. Alec, a slim young man at 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 140 pounds, the 17-year-old was last seen wearing a red, long-sleeve fleece and boots, before he walked away from the camp last Monday.

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