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The League of Women Voters and Venture Local Franklin will host the initial Community Town Hall Discussion Series on Monday, March 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tartan Hall. The goal of this first discussion is to bring together ideas concerning the design and use of the gazebo property.

Organizers hope to have elected officials, designers, businesses, local groups, citizens, performers and any other stakeholders in attendance.

From 6 to 6:30 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to peruse designs and speak with any designers or elected officials who may be present.

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A Macon County man charged with murder was given a $200,000 bond last Wednesday.

"In the criminal justice system, we have judges and magistrates who are required to set the bonds of defendants,” Sheriff Robbie Holland said of the bond. “While I may or may not agree with the amount set, the fact still remains that bonds are entirely at the discretion of the judicial officials."

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Macon County commissioners voted Tuesday night to change engineers for the Parker Meadows recreation project.

After soliciting bids for the remaining portion of the project, commissioners elected to cut ties with the Asheville based firm Civil Engineering Design, and instead contract with the Franklin-based CEtech Engineering.

The county has worked with Mike LoVoy of Civil Engineering Design since the inception of the recreational complex. LoVoy completed all the preliminary design and engineering work for the proposed project. After county leaders voted to complete the recreation project all at one time instead of in phases over the next few years, they decided to bid out the engineering portion of the project.

The two bids considered, one from LoVoy and the other from Larry Lackey of CEtech, were relatively similar in bidder cost. Although LoVoy’s bid of $49,500 was slightly less than Lackey’s $49,750, LoVoy’s contract left out elements such as travel expenses that would result in additional costs.

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As in the case of Commissioner Ron Haven’s candidacy challenge, another candidate for commissioner was challenged regarding his place of residence. Candidate for county commissioner in District II, Gary Shields, was made aware of a challenge to his residency last week.

Macon County voter Vic Drummond filed the candidate challenge, citing that based on reasonable suspicion and belief, Shields does not meet the requirements for county commissioner office due to not living within the district in which he filed. Drummond filed on Wednesday to drop the challenge.

The document, filed and notarized, states “I, Victor L. Drummond, being a qualified voter in the Macon County Commissioner District II and duly sworn, do hereby file this withdrawal of challenge to the declared candidacy of Gary Mack Shields for Macon County commissioner of District II, and withdraw that challenge not only as to the qualifications of Gary Mack Shields as a candidate of the 2nd District Commissioner race, but also withdraw the challenge to Gary Mack Shields’ qualifactions as a voter in the Precinct of Millshoals.”

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published: 10/18/2013
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