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The Macon County Board of Commissioners will not ask the county planning board to prioritize consideration of an amendment to the High Impact Ordinance. Some residents of the Clarks Chapel community have requested the amendment as a way to preempt the development of a training course for dirt bikes in their neighborhood.

At a December meeting of the county board of adjustments, after meeting stiff resistance from neighbors, Herman “Bud” Talley withdrew a request for a variance that would have allowed him to develop an officially sanctioned, mile-long, motocross racetrack on his 45-acre farm in Clarks Chapel. While Talley has stepped back from his plans for an official facility, he has publicly stated that he is still considering a training course that would operate under the limits proscribed by the High Impact Ordinance.

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The Macon County Board of Commissioners gave Macon County Transit the go-ahead to apply for state and federal grants that will help keep the transportation service rolling smoothly for another year.

On March 8, commissioners unanimously approved a resolution stating their commitment of $39,922 in matching county funds. With the approval, the funding request will now be up for review by the state and federal Departments of Transportation, as MCT now begins their grant seeking process.

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Former Town of Franklin employee Mike Decker has recently moved to county work, after more than a decade of service to the town.

With Wilma Anderson stepping down at the end of the month as Macon County’s Human Resources Director and Deputy Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, Decker will step in to take on her duties.

“Let’s make it real clear, I’m not replacing Wilma,” said Decker. “Nobody could. I’m just going to try to fill the position.”

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WNC Communities as announced Southeast Livestock Exchange has scheduled the first livestock sale at the WNC Regional Livestock Center at 474 Stock Drive in Canton for Monday, March 21, at noon with future sales to be conducted on Mondays thereafter. Cattle can be received at the WNC Regional Livestock Center on Sundays from 1 to 7 p.m. and Mondays beginning at 7 a.m.

It is important to note all livestock traffic should use the industrial entrance to the new livestock market which is Freedom Drive to Beaverdam Road. The following are specific directions traveling from the east or west.

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