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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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On Wednesday, Franklin will host the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) for a public hearing regarding Duke Energy’s rate-hike request. The public hearing, which is one of five being held throughout the state, will take place at 7 pm at the Macon County Courthouse in Courtroom A. Residents from all of the western counties are strongly urged to attend the hearing, as the Macon County site is one of only two hearings which are being held in the western part of the state, the other being held in Marion on Tuesday.  

The proposed 17 percent rate increase which will be discussed on Wednesday will be in addition to a five percent rate increase on electricity statewide, which was formally approved by the NCUC on August 9 and became effective September 1. 

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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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