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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 obtained 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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Macon County residents and citizens from across the Western North Carolina region arrived at the Macon County Courthouse Wednesday night to offer their testimony on the proposed Duke Energy rate increases. A number of people spoke out at the judicial hearing, jumping on the opportunity to voice their concerns to Duke Energy representatives.

Last July, Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC filed an application with the North Carolina Utilities Commission requesting to increase its rates by approximately 15.2 percent. The latter percentage does not include impacts from riders and chargers that have been approved by, or are pending before the N.C. Utilities Commission. In conjunction with the riders and chargers, the rate request amounts to an approximate 17 percent increase.

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Last day for one stop voting Saturday, Nov. 5

Despite all Franklin candidates eligible for re-election running unopposed, One Stop voting began for the 2011 municipal elections last Thursday, Oct. 20.

According to Kim Bishop, Director for the Macon County Board of Elections, as of Wednesday afternoon, only one citizen had voted in Macon County.

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Diamond Falls residents seek help for subpar road.

Planning Board members met last Thursday to discuss making changes to the subdivision ordinance, a policy geared towards regulating and promoting responsible growth and development within Macon County.

Macon County adopted the original subdivision ordinance in June 2008, and since then, the ordinance has been amended on two separate occasions.

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