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Do you walk or ride a bicycle in North Carolina? If so, here’s your chance to tell the N.C. Department of Transportation how it can help improve your overall experience. The department is giving the public an opportunity to voice needs and concerns related to bicycle and pedestrian safety through an online survey launched this week.

“Building a safer transportation network is a primary goal of our department, and meeting the safety needs of our state’s bicyclists and pedestrians is a key part of that,” said Deputy Secretary of Transit Jim Westmoreland. “The feedback we receive from this survey will allow us to better plan to meet these needs, and in turn improve the overall biking and walking experience in North Carolina.”

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Robert Benjamin Smith, 24, of Cherokee, NC, has entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Bryson City on Wednesday, Jan. 19, to second degree murder in connection with his involvement in a Oct. 22, 2010, fatal stabbing incident which occurred on the Cherokee Indian Reservation.

According to official court documents, on Oct. 22, 2010 after having spent the day together drinking beer and using drugs, the defendant and victim got into a fight which resulted in the victim being stabbed to death. On Wednesday, Jan. 19, Smith entered a guilty plea to one count of second degree murder, a lesser-included offense of first degree murder. The plea was offered pursuant to a plea agreement.

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As healthcare costs continue to rise across the state and nation, Town of Franklin Manager Sam Greenwood took time at Saturday’s annual retreat to explain to Aldermen the ailing state of affairs for town employee benefits. He proved to be the primary negotiator of this complicated topic as well as the chief mediator between the State and Town governments.

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October accident led to death of Parker Mathis

A 20-year-old Franklin man who lost control of his truck and drove off the road last October, killing one passenger and seriously injuring another, has been indicted by a grand jury and charged with felonies related to reckless driving and driving after consuming intoxicating substances as a minor. The indictment handed down during the superior court session on Wednesday, Jan. 12, charges Donald Thomas Courtney of Hidden Valley Road with one felony count of death by vehicle and one felony count of serious injury by vehicle. 

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