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Since Alderman Jerry Evans passed away in February, his seat on Franklin’s Town Board has remained vacant. At the board’s continuation meeting on Monday, the seat was finally filled.

The Board voted unanimously to approve Farrell Jamison as the new alderman to assume the remainder of Evans’ term, which ends in November. At that point, a partial two-year term will be up for election, along with three other seats, to finish out Evans’ four-year term, starting in December. The other positions will be four-year terms.

Jamison, who has worked for Franklin Fire and Rescue for 34 years, now works part-time as a fire and rescue training coordinator for Southwestern Community College, along with serving as the county fire investigator.

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Committee members agree that only specific projects should be included in final plan

During a meeting of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) Committee last week, the decision was made to eliminate a list of 22 minor widenings that the North Carolina Department of Transportation has said could be considered for upgrading to current design standards. At the meeting committee members were reviewing public input on the plan that has been collected over the past month.

The CTP is a long-range plan which identifies major transportation improvement needs in Macon County and develops longterm solutions for the next 25 to 30 years. It is a joint effort between the Towns of Franklin and Highlands, Macon County, the NCDOT and the Southwestern Rural Planning Organization.

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Officials skeptical of population figures

Macon County is no longer the fastest growing county in Western North Carolina, according to population figures released by the U.S. Census earlier this year. But Macon officials are skeptical of the census findings, and are preparing to examine them with federal workers in the coming months, said County Manager Jack Horton on Friday.

“The preliminary population figures were higher than the final count of the census. We thought that was unusual, given the fact that most of the preliminary estimates in other counties actually ended up being lower than what their final count was,” said Horton.

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House budget proposal would cut support for Small Town Main Street Programs

Highlands town manager Jim Fatland believes that in these economic times, it is more important than ever to support local small businesses.

“When you have a down economy, you need to be proactive in stimulating jobs,” said Fatland. “We feel the Main Street Program does just that.”

The Town of Highlands, which was selected a year ago to participate in the North Carolina Small Town Main Street Program, has made great strides in moving its downtown forward, in part through the strong support from staff who coordinate the program in the Western North Carolina region, says Fatland.

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published: 10/18/2013
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