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‘I hope to God I didn't kill anyone.’

A woman who crossed over into oncoming traffic and collided with a tractor-trailer truck after falling asleep at the wheel Friday morning is in critical condition but expected to recover. By Friday afternoon, Megan Ehrenkaufer, born 1990, of Scaly Mountain, N.C., was in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville.

A call to 9-1-1 came in at 7:55 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 18 reporting a two-vehicle collision 8.4 miles south of the Franklin city limits on Hwy. 441/Georgia Rd. Ehrenkaufer, a former student of Highlands School, was traveling north on the highway when she veered into oncoming traffic in her 2001 Kia and plowed into the side of a tractor-trailer traveling south.

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REACH strives to prevent violence and help victims make new choices

Last fall, on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 16, the lifeless, beaten body of Amanda Smith Morrow was found on the her neighbors’ front porch just around the corner from her Nutmeg Court home in Jackson County.

According to police, Morrow, a seventh-grade school teacher at Fairview Elementary School, died of a bullet fired point-blank at her right temple. Morrow’s estranged husband, Michael David Morrow, was later charged with the crime.

Unfortunately, this grizzly tale is all too common in North Carolina. According to an unofficial count by the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 73 reported homicides in the state were directly linked to domestic violence in 2010, up slightly from the 70 reported in 2009, when domestic violence homicides accounted for more than 14 percent of the total murders in the state.  The actual rate may be much higher.

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Town of Franklin alderman Jerry Evans passed away last Thursday at the age of 55, due to complications relating to a respiratory illness. According to town officials, his passing was completely unexpected. None of his fellow aldermen realized his illness was so serious, and they were not prepared for the news that he had died on Feb. 17.

More than a year ago, Evans was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring or thickening of the lungs that causes difficulty breathing. “He had a very substantial problem with his lungs,” said Franklin Mayor Joe Collins. “It had been going on for a while.”

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The Swain County Department of Social Services was locked down early Tuesday morning by the State Bureau of Investigation.

According to unnamed sources, the SBI was conducting an investigation because of possible neglect by the Swain County DSS in the Jan. 10 death of 16-month-old Aubrey Littlejohn, of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The child allegedly died while in the care of a relative when the infant’s mother, Jasmine Littlejohn, was in jail following unrelated drug charges. Because the child lived in the county, and not on Indian land, her case came under the watch of the Swain County DSS.

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