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Franklin's newest restaurant opened its doors on Wednesday, offering diners a new, unique upscale dining experience. Serving Southern food with a twist, The Bowery has created a buzz since news broke it would be breathing new life into a vacant main street building.

Despite a huge amount of interest and upwards of $650,000 spent to completely renovate the building and get the doors open to serve dinner, The Bowery's tenure on main street may be short lived.

Monday night, town of Franklin attorney John Henning Jr. presented aldermen with a lease agreement for a strip of property adjacent  to The Bowery owned by the town.

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The Macon County Sheriff's office's newest recruit is starting his career early. At just nine weeks old, MCSO's newest deputy is already training for duty.

Chase is the newest member of the MCSO's K-9 unit. The nine-week-old Belgian Malinois was born Sunday, Nov. 30. MCSO Sergeant Clay Bryson, who heads the county's K-9 unit, donated the pup to the sheriff's department.

"I donated Chase to the Macon County Sheriff's Office and he was picked out of my current litter for his play drive and his lack of fear," said Bryson. "What I mean by that is everything we do in law enforcement we make it a game to the dogs, and the better the play drive they have the longer and harder they will work for their reward or praise. And the lack of fear just means that he doesn’t panic or spook easily to different situations such as riding in a kennel, being on slick floors, hearing loud noises, or being in close proximity to other animals."

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Project expected to take up to two years to complete.

Renovations to the town bridge in Franklin have officially been given a schedule by the N.C. Department of Transportation, with a completion date anticipated sometime in 2018.

The Department of Transportation is in the process of planning an improvement project for the older section of what is known as the town bridge. According to Town Manager Summer Woodard, the DOT plans to acquire easements needed for the project this month, accept bids on the project in March with plans to begin the project in May 2016. Once the project is started, the DOT anticipates it will take 18 months to two years to complete all of the renovations.

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An Amber Alert issued in South Carolina over the weekend resulted in Macon County law enforcement officers searchin the Oak Grove Community for 43-year old suspect Harland Donnell Melton Jr.

According to reports, Alexis Ann Deas, 14, from Chesterfield County, S.C., was abducted from her school on Friday morning around 10 a.m. Melton is accused of taking the girl from her school, and transporting her to Macon County. Melton is the stepfather of the victim.

A BOLO (Be On The Lookout) was issued for Melton and his 1999 Nissan Maxima on Saturday morning. The Amber Alert for Deas was cancelled after she was returned home to South Carolina on Sunday. Deas was transported from Macon County, back to South Carolina by Melton's father, Donnell Melton Sr.

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