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The entire debate between absolute historic preservation and increased historic knowledge hangs on one word contained in the deed for the Nikwasi Mound, that being the word “explore.”

Steven Rice, curator of the Macon County Historical Museum, says that the town’s current beautification plans are a direct violation of the property deed. “The deed is very explicit on what can and cannot be done,” Rice said. Town officials state that no definite plans have been made yet.

The deed, which was drawn up in 1946, clearly states that the Nikwasi Mound “shall be preserved for the citizens of Macon County and for posterity, and the same shall be kept as it now stands and shall not be excavated, explored, altered, or impaired in any way or used for any commercial purpose ...”

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A Franklin couple and a Highlands man feel very fortunate to have received only minor injuries after they were involved in a plane crash on Saturday.

Tony Shuler and his wife Janet were flying with veteran pilot Gary Schmitt from Franklin to Brasstown, N.C., in a small single- engine plane when the engine stalled around 5 p.m. Shortly after it crash landed in a field on Waldorf Drive in the Brasstown community.

Schmitt and the Shuler's were airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. The couple was released the following day, but as of Tuesday, Schmitt remained at the hospital in stable condition.

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In a stroke of serious luck, Darren Cagle, 45, of Waynesville, was miraculously saved from drowning last Saturday at Nantahala Lake.Cagle was canoeing with friend Ronnie McClure when he came up missing.

Christine Boyter, a Gastonia nurse, was nearby the ramp that McClure and Cagle were coming into and she noticed Cagle's hat in the water. 

McClure immediately went into the water to find Cagle.  McClure was finally able to locate him and bring him to the surface. 

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New water/sewer plan source of major conflict

Unbeknownst to most, a small civil war has been raging for several months in one of the quieter and more affluent corners of Macon County. Just west of Franklin, Mill Creek Estates has long been a favorite community for retirees and those seeking summer respite.

Tucked in a green valley cradled by the Nantahala National Forest, Mill Creek, with its shady bungalows, manicured lawns and 18- hole golf course, has always seemed more like a peaceful playground than a war zone. But last fall a battle broke out, waged mostly by email, that has threatened to spoil neighborhood relations and to strain the tranquility of lazy afternoons.

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