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Voters took to the polls yesterday, resulting in new leadership for Franklin and Highlands.

In Franklin, two candidates were vying for the open Mayoral seat, left vacant after Joe Collins announced earlier this year he would not be seeking reelection. The mayoral candidates, Bob Scott and Sissy Pattillo, were both sitting aldermen on the Franklin town board. Both Scott and Pattillo ran on the platform of supporting local business and moving Franklin in a new direction. With a total of 493 votes, or 72.82 percent of the votes cast, Scott won the election and will take the helm of the town board in December.

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In the early morning hours last Tuesday, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call involving a sexual assault in the Windy Gap area of Franklin. According to the 911 report from October 29, dispatch reported receiving a call from a 42-year-old female shortly after 3 a.m. reporting she had been raped.

The victim reported that two men came to her residence on two separate occasions. The first time the men approached the victim's residence was reported to be earlier in the evening under the pretext of looking for a dog.

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On Thursday, Oct. 31, a man who was putting gas into his vehicle just north of Coweeta Lab Road on 441 South was struck and injured.

According to North Carolina State Trooper Leah McCall, the suspect left the scene and was thought to be driving a 2000-2013 Chevrolet dually truck.

Anyone who may have information about the incident can call Trooper Leah McCall or Trooper Brody Crawford at 1-800-445-1772.

On Monday, the night before Tuesday's election, the meeting of the Franklin Board of Aldermen served as the last time that the board would meet with its current members. Mayor Joe Collins had decided not to seek reelection back in May, leaving the seat up for grabs. Aldermen Bob Scott and Sissy Pattillo both threw their hats into the race, therefore vacating their seats on the board. Only board member Billy Mashburn would be running for reelection.

No last minute policy changes or sweeping decisions were to be made by the board, though an amendment of the Wireless Communications Ordinance was under consideration. According to Town Attorney John Henning Jr., the changes stem from actions taken by the federal government and the passage of the Middle Class Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

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At Monday night's board of aldermen meeting, town officials received an update concerning the sewer plant renovations that began in May 2012. The project totaled around $5.5 million with $4.4 million coming from a loan and $1 million coming from a North Carolina Rural Center grant.

Town Manager Warren Cabe was on hand to offer the update.

“We are basically in the final stages. The substantial and final completion date was actually the first of October,” said Cabe. “We've actually been going through a punch list over there to make sure that we have all of the t's crossed and i's dotted. We're down to two or three very very minor things that the contractor needs to clean up, but essentially that project is finished.”

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The North Carolina Department of Labor's investigation into the August incident at Norton Creek Farms that resulted in one death and multiple injuries has resulted in an $8,400 fine for business owner Wayne Moss. After being overcome with carbon monoxide, Bobby Ammons, 57, a worker at Norton Creek Farms was pronounced dead.

The Occupational Safety and Health division of N.C. Department of Labor's report found that Norton Creek Farms was in violation of two NCDOL policies.

According to Neal O'Briant, spokesperson for the NCDOL, the report was issued on Oct. 31, and Norton Creek Farms now has 15 working days to file an appeal with the state to contest the NCDOL's findings.

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Spencer repeating rifle worth up to $20,000.

Gerald “Mack” McCall has donated a rare Spencer Rifle to the Macon County Historical Museum.

The Spencer repeating rifle is a manually operated lever-action, repeating rifle fed from a tube magazine that was inserted into the stock. The gun was widely used by the Union Army, especially the cavalry which is evidenced by the ring this particular rifle is equipped with to hold the rifle while riding horses.

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Macon County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman found dead last Tuesday afternoon in the Coweeta Lab area of Macon County. The deceased has been identified as 39- year-old Shelly Ann Burris of both Anderson, S.C. and Franklin, N.C.

Burris’ body was discovered by a group of bear hunters last Tuesday afternoon off of a service road in the Nantahala National Forest. Her car was found to be abandoned at a service gate and her body was found down an embankment in a creek.

The cause of death has yet to be released as authorities are awaiting a confirmation of an autopsy report. Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland said on Tuesday afternoon that the preliminary investigation found no injuries to the deceased's body and evidence at the scene indicated that there was no cause for immediate safety concern for the community.

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Macon County Sheiriff's Office responded to a 911 call concerning a deceased man outside of a residence on Maclor Forest Circle on Saturday afternoon.

After a preliminary investigation, the MCSO was able to determine that the man was the owner of the home and has since been identified as 62-year-old Jim Scholten.

Due to the circumstances involving the case and the evidence found by MCSO detectives, the death was deemed to be suspicious in nature and a full investigation by the MCSO and State Bureau of Investigation was conducted over the weekend.

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Shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, investigators with the Macon County Sheriff's Office and United States Forest Service responded to a 911 call in the Coweeta Lab area of Macon County. Bear hunters called in to report that they had discovered an abandoned vehicle and a deceased white female in a creek.

The vehicle was parked at a gated service road off of Coweeta Lab Road leading into the Nantahala National Forest. A couple feet from the gate is an embankment leading down to a creek where the body was found.

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