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Affordable ‘garden flats’ to be certified energy efficient.

As part of the town of Franklin's Principals of Growth priority to create more affordable housing within the town, the Franklin Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a Special Use Permit for a 60-unit housing complex along Siler Road on Monday night.

Jim Yamin with Workforce Homestead Inc, the firm responsible for the housing unit outlined plans for the property in full details to aldermen on Monday night. The 60-unit affordable housing complex is proposed on five acres of land currently owned by James Vanderwoude along Siler Road.


When Macon County Commissioner Ronnie Beale was elected president of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) he made it his mission to make people in the eastern part of the state aware of where Macon County was located on a map.

Last August, he made huge progress toward that goal when around 100 county commissioners took a tour through Macon County, getting an idea of the landscape. Last week, he brought his goal full circle as he made history by being the first President of the association to hold a meeting as far west as Macon County since the association was started in 1908.


An arrest has been made more than two months after the Kmart building in Franklin was evacuated due to a fire.

Michael Scott, 18, of Franklin, was arrested at the Macon County Courthouse without incident on Monday, April 27. He was charged with felony burning certain building, and was given a $1,000 secured bond by Macon County Magistrate Erin Moorman.

"The Franklin Police Department has worked closely with the State Bureau of Investigation, the county fire marshal, and the Kmart Loss Prevention staff to complete a thorough investigation into the fire that occurred in February," said Franklin Police Chief David Adams.

On February 14, emergency personnel responded to a report of a fire in the upstairs storage room at Kmart located in the Westgate Plaza. After the fire was extinguished, Arson Investigator Farrell Jamison deemed the fire to be suspicious, as no electrical sources existed in the storage room other than an overhead light.


Since 2010, bow hunters have been allowed to hunt on Sundays on private land. Falconry has also been allowed on Sundays on both private and public lands, but a debate in the North Carolina legislator may soon open the doors to allow for all types of hunting on private lands on Sundays.

If North Carolina were to pass either Senate Bill 658, or House Bill 640, the state would join 39 other states in the country that allow hunting on Sundays. Both pieces of proposed legislation would only allow Sunday hunting on private property.

Commissioner Paul Higdon brought the legislation to the attention of the board of commissioners last week and asked that the board take a stance opposing the measure. In a 4-1 vote, the board of commissioners decided to send a letter to Senator Jim Davis and Representative Roger West voicing their opposition of the bill to allow hunting on Sundays. Commissioner Jim Tate was the lone nay vote, and said he did so because growing up, he would often hunt in Georgia with his family on Sundays and supported the practice.


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