61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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The Town of Franklin will soon begin searching for a new manager. At last week’s retreat, the board of aldermen began discussions about seeking a new permanent manager to replace the current interim manager, Sam Greenwood, whose term is set to expire in April 2012.

The board decided to begin seeking a new manager no later than September. Board members also indicated that they would be most comfortable seeking a manager with experience in government in western North Carolina.

Greenwood is employed by the town for 1,000 hours per year and, according to his contract, is paid $68,270 annually with $10,000 contributed to his retirement plan and $500 provided monthly for travel.

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Aldermen meet for annual retreat to review issues for 2011The Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen gathered at Town Hall for their annual winter retreat Jan. 15, hunkering down for an extended planning session to discuss several issues that the town will face throughout the coming year. Alderman Jerry Evans and Town Planner Michael Grubermann were both absent from the meeting.

Town budget

The stability of Franklin’s budget is strong for the time being, but as Greenwood explained, is also dependent on the actions of lawmakers in Raleigh.

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...grants to N.C. agencies

In an effort to help families find decent housing and to prevent future foreclosures, the Obama Administration today announced nearly $73 million in housing counseling grants to more than 500 national, regional and local organizations. As a result of the funding announced today, hundreds of thousands of households will have a greater opportunity to find housing or keep the homes they have because of the housing counseling and counseling training grants awarded today by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.

Housing counseling agencies located in 29 communities in North Carolina will offer comprehensive services, and some will have specific funding, such as the $34,650 Outer Banks Community Development Corporation which was granted to provide assistance with mortgage scams and mortgage modification. See links below for detailed information on each grant.

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Angel Medical Center was a recipient of a $5,000 grant from Bi-Lo during their Gift of Giving Month. The grant will help fund a Cancer Patient Navigator who will work with patients who are diagnosed with cancer assisting them from diagnoses through survivorship. The Cancer Patient Navigator will also work with caregivers, and help patients and their families to access resources that are available from many sources.

The Franklin Bi-Lo is the sponsor for the joint endeavor between AMC and Macon County Public Health for a monthly health education program, Ladies Night Out.

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The recommendations from the state task force on ex-offender reintegration represent a big step toward safer communities and second chances for North Carolinians, observers say.

For two years, the NC legislature’s Joint Select Committee on Ex-Offender Reintegration into Society has debated how best to address the problems of recidivism and the reintegration of ex-offenders into society.

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...during 2010 N.C. highway safety campaigns

State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has announced that state and local law enforcement officers across North Carolina issued 622,413 traffic and criminal citations during highway safety campaigns last year.

Last year’s totals include 16,096 driving while impaired arrests and 51,754 occupant protection citations for safety belt and child passenger safety violations. Officers also issued 174,250 speeding violations and 6,485 recovered fugitives from justice.

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For many, the snow on Christmas Day was a welcomed miracle. But enough is enough. This week, the massive, slow moving storm system, which shut down metropolitan areas all over the southeast, dumped from six inches to over a foot of snow in the western North Carolina region. The snow and icy conditions shut down businesses, public schools and universities. Major roads were dangerous; secondary roads, treacherous; and back roads, nearly impassable.

But it could have been worse. According to Fred Alexander of Duke Energy, there were only 30 to 40 widely scattered power outages reported in Macon County. This was due to the extremely dry conditions after the Sunday night snowfall that kept tree limbs from icing up. “We really dodged a bullet on this one,” Alexander said.

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Newsmakers & Top Headlines of the Year

January through June

A lot has happened in 2010. Nationally, The BP petroleum company had the biggest oil spill yet in the Gulf of Mexico, infuriating the nation as a whole. Healthcare reform was passed expanding coverage for Americans, and Republicans took the House from Democrats after sweeping elections across the nation, buoyed by support from the Tea Party movement.

Macon County had its share of activity this year as well. It saw the construction of a Veteran’s Memorial, the demolition of the Dillsboro Dam, the elections of new politicians and the humanitarian deeds of people coming together locally.

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On Tuesday, at the year’s first regular meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, Kevin Corbin took the oath of office to complete the remainder of Senator Jim Davis’s term on the board. The local insurance agent and past chairman of the Board of Education was unanimously selected by the Executive Committee of the Macon County Republican Party after Davis won his bid for N.C. Senate during the midterm elections in November.

After Corbin was sworn in, he thanked his friends and family for attending the ceremony. He also thanked the Republican Party for the opportunity, in particular Gary Dills, chairman of the executive committee of the Macon County Republican Party, who he said had first approached him about serving the remainder of Davis’s term.

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In a world where jobs and food are scarce for many, one man stands tall in the name of charity.

Last Friday, as flurries floated about a nearfreezing Highlands Road, local insurance salesman Patrick Jenkins prepared himself for two days of wintry weather.

Last year, Jenkins spent 48 hours suspended 60 feet in the air by a crane. This year he repeated the feat in the name of the “Cold for a Cause” donation drive, which benefits local relief agency CareNet. The organization has more than 4,700 families on file who have used its services over the past several years.

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