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On Saturday, March 29, a Republican candidates forum will be held in the Community Building in Franklin. Candidates or their representatives running for local seats as well as the U.S. Senate will be present. Macon GOP Chair Carla Miller says, “So often voters feel they don’t know the candidates and have not been exposed to information beyond the ads and signs. This is a great opportunity to shake hands with the candidates and ask them questions. Voters can find out which candidates represent the views and have the backgrounds they believe suits the office.”

Macon GOP Vice-Chair Vince West is coordinating the event. “We are offering candidates and Macon County voters this platform to learn from each other. Candidates or their representatives will speak to the audience, but there will be meet-and-greet sessions as well. Voters have this event to help them make decisions for the May 6 primary.”

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The Macon County Airport Authority held its monthly meeting on Tuesday evening. Erik Rhysdon of W.K. Dickson, a consulting firm out of Charlotte, updated the board on grants that have been sought from the state in regards to the runway widening that is set to begin within the next month or so.

“We've compiled the numbers and got the paperwork for the grants turned in,” said Rhysdon. “With that, next Tuesday (April, 1), we're going to have a meeting here with the contractor to go over pre-construction plans and the construction schedule with him. After that, hopefully on Tuesday we can sit down and nail down a start date hopefully within the week or two weeks after.”

He also discussed plans to approach other companies that specialize in airport beacons because the company that formerly worked on and provided the beacons has halted production on them for the time being.

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On Thursday, April 10, the League of Women Voters of Macon County will sponsor a forum for candidates for county commission. The public is invited. The meeting will be held at noon at Tartan Hall in Franklin.

One seat is open in District 1. Michael Rogers (D), John Shearl (R), and incumbent James Tate (R) are running for the seat. In District 2, incumbent Ronnie Beale (D), incumbent Ron Haven (R), John Martin (L), and Gary Shields (R) are running for two available seats.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization focused on voter education and citizen participation in government. This will be an educational forum, not a rally, and campaign signs are not allowed.

Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

Last Wednesday, Judge Bradley B. Letts sentenced Frank Kelly Pruitt, 63, to an active sentence of eight to 10 years for the 2012 second degree murder of Pruitt’s son, James Robert Pruitt, 34.

"There are no winners at the conclusion of these proceedings because the fact remains that two parents played an active part in the death of their son,” said Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland of the ruling. “Their poor decisions and their actions created a great loss for their whole family especially their grandchildren. This tragedy could have been prevented if the adults involved would have acted like responsible adults. If Mr. and Mrs. Pruitt would have taken advantage of the opportunity to be good parents they would not be residing in our state's prison and their grandchildren would still have their father."

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published: 10/18/2013
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