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Although the economy is slowly starting to improve, people across the country are still looking for ways to save a penny wherever possible. Without having to increase taxes in the county and operating on the lowest tax rate in the state, the Macon County Board of Commissioners continues to closely examine the budget to find new ways to save taxpayer dollars to help the county through the recession.

With the best interest of citizens in mind, commissioners voted Tuesday night to approve modifications to two existing loans with BB&T bank, which will save the county $51,000 the first year.


In a continuation meeting of the Franklin Town Board of Aldermen, the board voted to spend all of the $40,000 appropriated in the town's budget for grant requests. With little discussion, the board voted to honor the requests of the nine non-profits applying for funding because of the services they offer Franklin residents.

Non-profit grant requests that were approved include:


September 29 is “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” and the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) has partnered with local law enforcement agencies in Western North Carolina to give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by safely disposing prescription drug medications at designated locations. Members of the community will be able to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs by bringing them to one of the 42 sites open on Saturday. The service is free.

Franklin will have two locations operating on Saturday, one in the Kmart Plaza and the other in the Walmart shopping center. Both locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Macon County Commissioners are moving forward with plans to transform the old Cowee School into a cultural heritage center for the community.

Last Tuesday, the Macon County Board of Commissioners approved $69,448 to be allocated over a nine and a half month period to contract with Stacy Guffey to coordinate the project and to provide additional supplies and furnishings to help get the project started.

Because of his continued dedication and involvement with the Cowee School, Guffey was hired as the coordinator for the project. The nine and a half month contract will pay Guffey $27,000, or $3,000 per month. Guffey's contract includes the business plan developed by Guffey for the old Cowee School property that designated the school as the Macon County Heritage Center.


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