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Even though the last of the United States combat troops were pulled out of Vietnam on March 29, 1973, the official end of America’s commitment to the war in Vietnam came on April 30, 1975. On that day, forty years ago, the last of the civilians, some South Vietnamese military and a small contingent of United States Marines were removed from the American Embassy by a massive helicopter airlift effort.

It was thus that the United States evacuated Southeast Asia following more than two decades of warfare. The American involvement dates back to the 1950s with support given to the French in their resistance to the rising communist power in what was then called French Indochina. In the beginning, the French were supported by American Military Advisors and were provided American military equipment. By 1965, the United States had inherited the war effort and American military boots were on the ground, leading to hundreds of thousands of American soldiers serving in the Vietnamese jungles. In the end, the United States lost more than 58,000 young men (average age about 23 years old). Thousands more were maimed, mangled, wounded and held in Viet Cong prisoner of war camps.

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The cold front that caused significant snowfall in much of the northern parts of the nation resulted in very cold temperatures in Western North Carolina.

Parts of Macon County received a dusting of snow on Tuesday morning which lingered into Wednesday in Winding Stairs Gap and in the higher elevations where the temperatures hovered near the freezing mark.

Photo by Vickie Carpenter

Attendance requirements, voting rights are questioned.

With a revolving door of members, either from terms expiring or shifts in leadership, the Franklin Tourism Development Authority (TDA) will once again be seeking legal advice from town attorney John Henning Jr.

During its January meeting, members of the TDA discussed discrepancies in policies and practices of the authority and decided that soliciting advice from Henning would be prudent. One issue plaguing members over the last few months has involved the board's membership as well as its attendance policies.

According to Session Law 2004-105, which established local TDA boards, individual authorities are statutorily obligated to be comprised of a total of nine members, onethird of which must be individuals who are affiliated with businesses that collect the room occupancy tax in town, such as hotels, and at least three-fourths of the members must be individuals who are currently active in the promotion of travel and tourism in the town.

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With Macon County's recreation facilities virtually doubling with the addition of the Parker Meadows complex, Recreation Director Seth Adams informed commissioners of increased budget needs to adequately manage the county's facilities.

Adams was one of several department heads within the county to present to commissioners earlier this month during a special called budget work session, signifying the beginning of the county's budget season.

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