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At Tuesday night's county commissioner meeting, Luke Bateman who serves as the Chairman of the Macon County Board of Elections was tasked with approaching the board to request a budget amendment to the 2013-14 fiscal year budget to the tune of just over $41,000 – a sum required to carry out the primary election set to take place in May.

According to Bateman, the shortfall is a result of an incident that occurred back in January when it was discovered that a sum of $50,000 had been paid out to various individuals with little or no verification. An investigation is still being conducted by the State Board of Elections and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations.

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Warren Cabe is leaving his role as the Franklin Town Manager as of May 2, a year after he began. The move was announced at Monday night's Board of Aldermen meeting after the board went into a closed session to discuss personnel matters. Upon returning, the board made a motion to accept Cabe's letter of resignation.

“I am thankful for the Town of Franklin and my time working for this board. I have learned a lot during my time as manager. The reason that I am leaving is in no way an ill result of my time working as manager,” said Cabe. “An opportunity has presented itself and it's one that I need to pursue.”

Before becoming town manager Cabe served as Macon County Emergency Medical Services Director and then shifted to the Town of Franklin. Now it looks as though he will be returning to the county as the EMS director once again.

 

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The Franklin Board of Aldermen met on Monday for its monthly meeting to discuss a lengthy agenda that included a lease for a new brewery, discussions about the Gazebo on town square and stop sign updates.

After a short public session, the proposed lease of the old town hall property was brought up for discussion and action. Local residents, Ken Murphy and Lenny Jordan approached the board last month to propose a lease that would allow them to install Franklin's first brewpub. The business would brew beer onsite as well as allow locals to sample and enjoy the custom brews on the property.

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In the early morning hours of April 7, 2014, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) was requested by the Cashiers Fire Department to come to Blue Ridge School. The Fire Department was already on scene for a fire alarm activation.

Suspects had forced entry into the school and thousands of dollars of damage to the interior of the building was done. Damages included spray painting and flooding.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the incident and is asking for anyone with any information to contact Detective Rick Buchanan.

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