25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Julie H. Spiro, executive director of the Jackson County Chamber & Tourism Authority is alerting its members of a possible scam. The chamber has received several calls from members concerning a company called Skyline Publishing calling chamber members and area businesses and trying to sell ads in a Jackson County Visitor Guide or for the Fly Fishing Trail.

Spiro advised that the company is not affiliated in any way with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Travel & Tourism Authority. The chamber produces its own county visitor guide, and relocation guide and does not use the company out of Jacksonville, Fla.

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The Board of Commissioners recognized two citizens of Macon County for their outstanding work in recieving state awards in their respective fields.

After Commission Chairman Brian McClellan called the meeting to order saying, “We are always glad to see a full house and the interest that citizens of our county take in the conducting of the business in our county,” he took time to recognize Jane Kimsey of the Department of Social Services. Kimsey received the Director of the Year award in North Carolina. According to McClellan, directors in all 100 counties in the state are considered before a winner is selected. “This award, which is a highly prestigious award, is very well deserved,” said McClellan.

 

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A woman was seriously injured after being swept over a short waterfall on Tuesday.

Stephanie Cookston, 18, of Franklin, was with three friends on the Highlands side of 'Bust Your Butt' Falls in a pool off the side of the Cullasaja River. Cookston approached a swift running current of the river near the edge of a short fall and was swept over.

Within minutes, more than 15 responders from Highlands Fire Department, Cullasaja Gorge Fire and Rescue, U.S. Forest Service and Macon County Sheriff's Office were on scene.

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Macon County authorities are still searching for an unknown man who reportedly sexually assaulted a female at her Rose Creek Cove Road home on the evening of August 1.

According to Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland there has been an overwhelming response from the community concerning the incident. “There has been a tremendous response from residents and that is what it is going to take to catch this individual,” he said on Monday. “Officers are continuing to get information and are following up with the investigation, which is ongoing.”

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