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Jackson authorities arrested several individuals from Graham, Haywood and Swain Counties last Wednesday on charges related to the sale of methamphetamine.

According to a Jackson County Sheriff's Office statement released on Oct. 20, county deputies received a search warrant on Oct. 19 for the residence of 38-year-old Danny William Ratliff.

At approximately 10:15 p.m., Jackson deputies and agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation executed the search warrant at Ratliff's home on 333 Barkers Creek Road in the Qualla Community of Jackson County, where they found an active methamphetamine laboratory.

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The Occupy Wall Street protest movement which began in New York City on Sept. 17 has been spreading like wildfire throughout the country. The protests reached Main Street Sylva last Saturday, a day deemed for global demonstrations urging “economic justice.”

Almost 100 citizens from Jackson, Macon, Swain, Clay, and Haywood counties, including State Representative Phil Haire, attended the rally, which was held around the fountain at the bottom of the old Jackson County Courthouse.

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Retirement party Friday, Oc. 21 at Town Hall

Patrol Officer Larry Moses will retire this October after giving 28 years of dedicated service to the Town of Franklin. Officer Moses began his career with the Town of Franklin on Oct. 3, 1983, under Chief Ernie Wright and Mayor Woodrow Reeves. He has seen many changes during his service and the most notable change being the growth of his department.

Moses began his career working with only five employees in the police station and will retire working with 18 other colleagues, which he also calls family. He remembers his time of service by sharing stories of the past and his memory of once only having three patrol cars two of which were typically out of commission. He says “we all just packed into one car to get where we needed to go.”

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Macon County Board of Commissioners are taking a closer look at enacting term limits for county advisory boards, with the intent on negating the influence of politics in how appointments and reappointments are made. Chairman Brian McClellan and Commissioner Ronnie Haven brought the idea to the board’s attention at their regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 11.

“I just don’t think it is right for someone to be serving on a board, and be eligible for reappointment, and when the make-up of the board changes they get thrown aside because of politics,” said McClellan. “I think term-limits would go a long way in preventing something like that from happening.”

Commissioners did differentiate between some advisory boards, admitting how hard it can be to get people to serve on some boards. Also, some advisory boards have a greater influence on policy decisions in comparison to others, which is why commissioners directed County Manager Jack Horton to narrow the list down for the body to examine in the future.

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