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Order of the Long Leaf Pine recipients honored

"Here’s to the land/ of the long leaf pine, The summer land/ where the sun doth shine, Where the weak grow strong/ and the strong grow great, Here’s to “down home”, the Old North State!”

When it comes to being a North Carolinian, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine is the highest honor the state can bestow on one of its citizens. The award, doled out by the governor of the state, is a prestigious recognition that has been earned by some of history’s greatest individuals. The honor, which was first established in 1965 has since been awarded to about 15,000 people in the state which include the likes of Maya Angelou, Billy Graham, and Andy Griffith.


The Macon County News has learned of a possible scam taking place in the Franklin area.

A resident reported seeing what looked to be someone injured or dead lying on the side of the Georgia Road with a black SUV nearby. The person stopped, locked the car doors and called 9-1-1. Shortly thereafter, the person lying on the side of the road got up and got in the SUV and drove away.

Persons encountering such a situation are urged to notify law enforcement by calling 9-1-1.

MCSO hosts outreach programs to better serve the community

“As law enforcement, the sheriff’s department's job is to work on behalf of all the citizens and to continue improving programs and services to ensure that the community is best being served,” said guest speaker District Attorney Ashley Welch during the Macon County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy graduation ceremony last Thursday. “Citizens Academy is a great program that is reaching out to the community and offering residents an inside look at law enforcement and all it takes to keep our community safe. Not only do I commend the sheriff’s department for putting the program on, but I commend you as citizens for wanting to spend your time learning more about law enforcement.”


A routine traffic stop over the weekend led to four arrests, and the confiscation of a large quantity of methamphetamine.

“After a traffic stop along 441, our officers pulled over two vehicles, which resulted in the arrest of four individuals,” said Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland. “We did retrieve a large quantity of meth at the time and the investigation into the incident remains ongoing. At this time, we do expect additional charges to be forthcoming as we complete our investigation.”

Jeremy Kenneth Stanley, 19; James Fred Hurst, 41; Elizabeth Anne Tice, 18; and Adam Joshua Sanders, 28, all of Franklin, were arrested and each charged with one felony count trafficking methamphetamine, one felony count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, distribute, a scheduled II controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of maintain a vehicle or a dwelling place for a controlled substance.


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