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Based on court documents on file at the Macon County Clerk of Court’s office, Debbie Mosteller, former Nantahala Volunteer Fire Department (NFD) treasurer, may have taken a Disney vacation and secured $20,000 worth of new computers, all at the expense of Macon County taxpayers.

Based on search warrants filed on June 11 by State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent J.M. Schick, the Nantahala Volunteer Fire Department, specifically Mosteller, is being investigated for embezzlement that allegedly began in 2009. The investigation, which was launched in May 2014, has already uncovered 74 checks endorsed by Mosteller from 2009 to 2013, which are thought to have purchased $20,000 worth of Dell products and $6,500 for a Walt Disney World Vacation.


For as long as he can remember, Macon County Sheriff’s Office Major Andy Shields only wanted to be one of three things when he grew up: a farmer to be able to spend his days outdoors working with his hands, a garbage man because nothing was cooler than being able to ride on the back of the truck all day, or a police officer, to help other people. When he was just five years old, an encounter with the local police chief solidified what he wanted to be when he grew up, and gave him a role model that would shape his 30 year career in law enforcement.


Summary reports that suspects were tased five times.

Nearly two weeks after law enforcement officers arrested Adam Conley and Kathryn Jeter on the campus of South Macon Elementary, a “Use of Force” Investigative Summary offers additional clues into the confrontation the two suspects had with law enforcement officers before being taken into custody.

According to the investigative summary, officers deployed their tasers five times attempting to place Conley and Jeter under arrest.


High rates just not feasible in a struggling economy.

Commissioner Paul Higdon is putting his 30 years of industry experience and 10 years of experience serving on county’s health board to use in lobbying for lower permitting fees for citizens. During budget discussions, Higdon asked commissioners to consider looking at the county’s current environmental fee structure and look at reducing the fees for citizens, to make it easy on taxpayers.

“Environmental Health fees that I and other people think need restructuring are the onsite wastewater (OSW), or septic system, and well fees,” said Higdon. “First the OSW permits are dual in the fact that a Improvements Permit (IP) and Construction Authorization Permit (AC) are needed prior to building a house or any structure where municipal or community sewer is not available.”


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