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On Saturday, August 2, Rolando Duvergel Jr., 18, of Potts Branch Road in Franklin was arrested and charged with felony first degree sex offense with a child according to an arrest warrant obtained from the Macon County Clerk of Court.

According to Sheriff Robert Holland, the incident was reported after a witness walked in as the assault was being committed on a young boy.

“Duvergel is a member of the boy's family. Another family member walked in during the act and from there detectives were called in,” he said.

A medical exam was then conducted of the victim. Duvergel was arrested and remains in the Macon County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.

If the defendant were to make bond, he will be required to provide fingerprints and a DNA sample to remain on file.

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Ballfields will shift to accomodate possible gravesite.

When Macon County commissioners voted to move forward on the Parker Meadows Property, they were well aware of the potential for setbacks. Acknowledging such potential, commissioners made the decision to have an archaeologist onsite during the grading phase of the project to watch for any possible remains in the area due to the project site’s location near a creek bed.

Macon County was home to members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) during early settlement, and before ever considering the possibility of constructing a state-of-the art facility at Parker Meadows, commissioners wanted to work with the Tribe to ensure that the project wouldn’t insult or interfere with the EBCI’s culture or heritage. Being sensitive to the EBCI’s rich tradition, when what appeared to be remains were found in what would be an outfield to one of the planned ballfields, Macon County officials took extra precautions to respect the Tribe’s heritage.

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Police chief Harrell takes advantage of photo op.

If you were strolling around the streets of Highlands last week, you may have been surprised to see the 39th president of the United States of America shopping in local boutiques and taking in the fresh mountain air.

President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, spent last week in Highlands for a little vacation while attending a fundraiser for Mercer University. Carter, who served as the governor of Georgia before serving as president of the United States from 1977 until 1981, has been a member of the Mercer University Board of Trustees since December 2012.

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Democratic candidate for N.C. Senate Jane Hipps was in town this week, meeting and greeting with constituents discussing issues important to North Carolinians including education, healthcare and fracking.

Pictured with Hipps are teachers and supporters, from left, Shirley Reynolds, Mildred Swafford, Evelyn Pangle, Hipps, Terri Hunter and Nancy Scott.

Photo by Betsey Gooder

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