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The Macon County Board of Education voted Thursday to join legal action against the state, challenging the constitutionality of a law passed back in July.

The complaint, which was originally filed by the North Carolina School Boards Association in Wake County Superior Court on Dec. 16, challenges the General Assembly’s July decision to provide $4,200 per student in annual taxpayer funds to cover the cost of school vouchers for students electing to attend private schools.

“The Macon County Board of Education was invited, along with all of the other school districts in North Carolina, to join in the North Carolina School Boards Association's challenge to the recently adopted voucher system,” explained Macon County Board of Education attorney John Henning Jr.

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Mayor seeking legal ways to get input from the public.

At last week's Franklin Board of Aldermen meeting, elected officials seemed to be at odds concerning a variety of issues, notably the use of liaisons at East Franklin School and monthly “town hall” style meetings.

Mayor Bob Scott had attempted to establish two liaisons, one for East Franklin Elementary and another for people seeking information about recreation in the area, but the school appointment issue stole the show.

Scott's attempt to place Alderman Barbara McRae as the link between the school that sits inside the city limits in an attempt to build goodwill between the school and the town board was brought into question by Alderman Billy Mashburn.

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At Monday night's Franklin Tourism Development Authority, members were presented with an update of the marketing plan that is being implemented by local marketing firm, Premiere Marketing. Jessica Mason, who has been handling the TDA's account, set to work describing the effects the plan has had so far for the Discover Franklin website.

“As you can see since we started the marketing plan, there's been about 5,000 visits to the site each month,” said Mason. “The number dropped in the winter months and we expected that to happen.”

In the month of September the number was 4,539; in October it was 4,845; and in November, it began dropping with 3,311 visitors and 2,964 in December as the temperatures got colder.

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According to data released by N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper, the state saw a record number of methamphetamine lab busts in 2013. Of the 561 “labs” that were taken down by law enforcement — the vast majority being very small operations — 62 were located in North Carolina’s 18 westernmost counties.

The previous year, 460 such busts occurred statewide, 55 of them in those WNC counties.

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