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Three month investigation targeted subjects involved in manufacturing, trafficking methamphetamines

Guy Austin ZinkandJanuary 28, 2011 — On Thursday, law enforcement officers from several WNC agencies that participated in “Operation Ice Melt” arrested numerous suspects on drug related charges. 

During the course of this investigation 18 individuals were targeted for assisting in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.  Charges include conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

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The Macon County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) installed a new control panel for it’s detention center surveillance system last Wednesday. Before the installation, the jail relied on equipment as old as the facility itself, which was built in 1999.

According to officials, the new addition was crucial because surveillance control panels provide audio and video supervision of jail inmates, as well as remote control of door locks for the four jail dorms in the facility. When the old system finally crashed last December, it burdened not only the Sheriff’s office but also the budget of the county government.

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The planning board has begun its bi-annual review of the Macon County Subdivision Ordinance. The review process, mandated by county law to take place every two years, was written into the code in order to allow for any updates and/or corrections that that the board determines necessary to increase the effectiveness of the ordinance.

At the Jan. 20 meeting of the planning board, County Planner Derek Roland presented a report outlining the effectiveness of the ordinance and recurrent issues that have come up in the course of enforcing the ordinance.

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury has announced that Michigan and North Carolina are the first in the nation to receive State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funds, which will spur small business growth and create jobs across the country. The SSBCI is a new $1.5 billion initiative included in the Small Business Jobs Act, which President Obama signed into law in October. These funds will strengthen state programs that leverage private lending to help finance small businesses and manufacturers that are creditworthy but are not getting the loans they need to expand and create jobs.

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Rep. Heath Shuler has been appointed to serve on the powerful House Committee on the Budget.

“Our nation’s exploding debt has become the single greatest threat to America’s economic future,” Rep. Shuler said. “The Budget Committee in the 112th Congress will play a pivotal role in setting the fiscal course of our nation for the next two years and, hopefully, for years to come. I look forward to using my position on the Committee to find common ground between Republicans and Democrats to balance our budget, cut wasteful spending, and restore fiscal discipline and restraint in Washington.”

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Webster Enterprises Inc is a not-for-profit organization operating in Sylva, N.C. The company currently serves Jackson, Macon and Swain counties, and is designated to assist persons with disabilities and disadvantages find success in the working world.

Recently, Webster Enterprises was given a generous grant in the amount of $37,500 from the Evergreen Foundation. In addition to renovating the facility’s existing workspace, Webster will also use this money to repair and replace its non-working HVAC units and non-working handicapped door openers.

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Fatz Cafe has partnered with many organizations through its Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser program, raising $477,748 in 2010 to benefit local communities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. Groups big and small, ranging from local schools, churches and non-profits, have participated in the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser program. The program goal is to lend a helping hand and great food to bring neighbors together and enrich communities across the Southeast.

Early on Saturday mornings, Operating Partners and Fatz Cafe employees open their restaurant hours before their scheduled shift to flip pancakes with volunteers from various local organizations, transforming Fatz Cafe into a hot spot for hotcakes.

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On Jan. 19, Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland, along with a few of his deputies, paid a visit to local businesses and issued them written requests asking them to voluntarily stop selling “herbal incense” products.

The controversial “incense” has gained national attention in recent months as a popular smokable product. The hazy craze is reportedly due to the fact that the effects of smoking incense are similar to those of marijuana.

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Few endorse NCDOT’s $13 million ‘preferred alternative’

A wide range of opinions was still on display Tuesday at the NCDOT's public hearing on improvements to Needmore Road, but few spoke out in support of the preferred alternative which the Department of Transportation has been pushing since the first public hearing held in September in Swain County.

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Kyle Allen MorganMacon County Superior Court was held from Jan. 12-14. The session was held after being delayed by inclement weather. The honorable Judge James L. Baker presided during the proceedings, and handed down several felony sentences.

— Kyle Allen Morgan, 23, pled guilty to driving while impaired, reckless driving, failure to stop at stop sign, fleeing and eluding arrest, speeding and injury to real property. Morgan was given 36 months of supervised probation, six months of which will be on intensive probation, and must complete alcohol assessment classes. Morgan is not to operate a motor vehicle within 90 days after his judgment.

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