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Last Friday Macon County Commissioners formally submitted a bid of $247,000 for the old Cartoogechaye School property. County Manager Jack Horton and board Chairman Brian McClellan updated the board on the bid to possibly obtain the school located on U.S. 64 west of Franklin.

The old Cartoogechaye school was considered surplus in October 2007 after a new school was built. McClellan explains the bid to retain the school as being a service to the taxpayers in Macon County who paid to build the new school site. County commissioners voted to bid on the school just before the 10-day “upset period” was set to expire, upsetting an earlier bid of $235,000 which was placed by a farmer with plans to use the land adjacent to Cartoogechaye Creek for tomato fields.

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Town of Franklin Mayor Joe Collins signed a proclamation encouraging citizens to observe Constitution Week Sept. 17-23.

Regent of the Battle of Sugartown Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Judy Hughes and Carmen Jessup, Vice Regent of the chapter presented Mayor Collins with the proclamation.

Constitution Week was signed into law (Public Law #915) by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 2, 1956, after the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside a week for the Constitution.

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Assistant District Attorney Heather Baker dismissed the charges against a Cashiers man accused of rape late last month, for lack of conclusive evidence.

On the evening of August 30, Jackson County Sheriff’s Officers arrested 30-yearold Efrain Ubera Morales, of Amethyst Drive in Cashiers. According to JCSO Major Shannon Queen, the suspect was arrested without incident while trying to pay a traffic ticket. “He tried to pay the ticket and an officer recognized him while he was in the magistrate’s office,” said Queen.

The arrest followed an investigation that began on Aug. 14, when officers received a report of a sexual assault that had occurred in the Cashiers area. According to reports, the victim was a 34-yearold Caucasian woman from Cashiers. The primary suspect in the case was described as about 5’6 to 6’0 tall Hispanic male, brown eyes, and black spiked hair.

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In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, R.E.A.C.H. of Macon County is sponsoring a talk and book signing by Angela Dove, who is the author of “No Room for Doubt.” Her book is a nonfiction account of her family’s history and the investigation of her stepmother’s death.

Dove will be featured at two locations on Oct. 6. The first will be at St. Agnes Episcopal Church at 66 Church Street in Franklin, from 10 till 11:30 a.m. This is a tea and light brunch.

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