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The Macon County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Forest Service and the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) are seeking information on a rape which occurred Sunday September 25, 2011, at approximately 4:00 p.m. within the Nantahala National Forest at the intersection of Forest Service Road (FSR) 711 and the Wayah Road, FSR 1310.

Authorities report that a female driving through the area stopped to render aid to a person she believed was incapacitated who was lying beside the road. At that time a firearm was used to subdue the victim and she was allegedly forcibly raped.

Law enforcement authorities are seeking information and assistance in identifying a possible suspect. Authorities are looking for a white male, 6’0”, 200 pounds, between the ages of 30 and 40, having brown wavy short hair, no facial hair, green to blue eyes, having a deep voice and a fair complexion. The suspect was last seen wearing dark blue jeans and a medium blue shirt. The subject is armed and considered dangerous and may be carrying a backpack. No vehicle information is available at this time.

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United States Postal Service workers rallied nationwide Tuesday, protesting pending Congressional legislation that they believe would unjustly impact their agency. Several USPS workers gathered in front of Franklin’s post office as well, brandishing signs and giving out informational pamphlets to support their cause.

The organization is under serious financial stress, which has led agency administrators and several Congressional members to propose plans to terminate 120,000 postal employees and close nearly 3,700 facilities nationwide. Postal Service workers are now taking their case to the American people, hoping to publicly convey their message about the solvency of their organization.

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Commissioners fear process would adversely affect middle class

It appears that the Macon County Board of Commissioners will push back property revaluations to 2015, going back to the county’s traditional eight-year cycle, which they hope will save middle-class Maconians money. Otherwise, according to County Tax Director Richard Lightner, property taxes would probably increase for many Macon County residents with a 2013 revaluation.

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NC State Health Council members vote unanimously.

The North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) voted to unanimously approve Macon County’s Petition for Adjustment to Need Determination – essentially paving the way for a dialysis center to be built in the county.

Last week Commissioner Ronnie Beale traveled to Raleigh to hear the results of a vote from the Facilities Planning Section of the Health and Human Services Department. The Facilities Planning Section approved the county’s petition and sent it to the SHCC for a final vote.

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