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Public can comment at continuation meeting March 31.

For the last six months, the Macon County Planning Board has been working to draft a nuisance ordinance intended to regulate malicious noise within the county.

The ordinance would apply to property outside of the municipal limits of Highlands and Franklin, and would specifically aim to regulate "loud, unnecessary, and disturbing noise" which means, "any noise intentionally created which because of its volume level, duration, and/or character, annoys, disturbs, injures, or endangers the comfort, health, peace, or safety of reasonable persons of ordinary sensibilities in the county."

While the planning board approved the ordinance in early February, before it can become the law of the land, commissioners would have to vote to adopt it. While a public hearing is not required for the ordinance, commissioners stated Tuesday night that due to public concerns, a hearing will be held before the commissioner's March 31 continued meeting at 6 p.m. in the boardroom of the courthouse.


Tuesday morning, a BOLO (be on the lookout) for a Silver Ford Taurus was issued in North Georgia, after the vehicle was observed traveling more than 100 miles per hour heading into North Carolina.

Franklin Police Sergeant Lori Beegle spotted the vehicle, which displayed a Michigan license plate, traveling at a high rate of speed near McDonald's on the Georgia Road and attempted to stop the vehicle.

Despite the activation of Beegle's emergency equipment, the driver refused to stop or decrease speed.



Just a few weeks after setting state priorities, county officials from across North Carolina headed to Washington D.C. to attend the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference to discuss legislative goals with congressional representatives.

Macon County was represented by Commission Chair Kevin Corbin and Vice-Chair Jim Tate along with County Manager Derek Roland who joined more than 150 officials from across the state for the conference. While Commissioner Ronnie Beale also attended the conference, he was pulling double duty. While also representing Macon County, Beale represented the entire state as the President of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC).


Confiscated drugs valued in the thousands of dollars.

In the midst of the biggest snow event Macon County has seen so far this winter, Macon County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Langley Sr., arrested Thomas Moore, 39, after finding his truck stopped in the middle of a snow covered road in southern Macon County.

Moore was arrested and charged with one felony count trafficking methamphetamine, one count possession drug paraphernalia, and one count driving while license revoked. He was booked in the Macon County Detention Center and held on a $75,000 secured bond.


West Macon Fire Department was called out to a mobile home fire, Thursday afternoon, Feb. 25, on Potts Branch, off Patton Road.

According to Travis Waldroop with the fire department, the fire started on the rear deck of the single-wide home and worked up the wall and into the attic space.

The drop tank had to be used since the nearest hydrant is located at the junction of Industrial Park Road and Patton Road.



Signs welcoming new visitors to town are synonymous with small town America and are often a staple for the town's identity. Since the 1970s, banners have been hung across Main Street in Franklin to advertise festivals and events within the town.

Neighboring towns such as Dillsboro and Clayton often stretch banners across their roadways to capture thru-traffic, in hopes of boosting attendance to the town's annual shindigs, and until 2013, banners could also be seen strung across Franklin's Main Street. While advertising banners have taken a two-year hiatus, the town of Franklin Board of Aldermen unanimously decided Monday night to give local business owners the go-ahead to re-open discussion of the possibility of draping signs across Main Street.


Five months after police launched an investigation into a Halloween party at Dillard Excavating in Jackson County, criminal charges have been filed.

On Monday, a grand jury handed down indictments for four Jackson residents who allegedly supplied teenagers with alcohol and knowingly interfered with a police investigation into statutory rape allegations.

After the grand jury's indictments, arrests included:

Austin Trent Davis, 19, of Dillsboro, was charged with a statutory sex offense with defendant older than victim by four years and less than six years. Cody Jenkins, 24, of Sylva, was charged with statutory rape of person 13, 14 or 15 years old; two counts of statutory sex offense with 13, 14 or 15 year old. Michelle Dillard, of Sylva, was charged with felony obstruction of justice. Jimmy Henry of Sylva, a former JCSO deputy, was charged with two counts of felony obstruction of justice.


Various departments submit monthly reports to the town of Franklin Board of Aldermen. The board receives the reports as part of their monthly agenda packet. The information details the works of the town and different departments in Franklin.

View the monthly reports after jump!


On Monday night, to a standing room only crowd in town hall, the Franklin Board of Aldermen approved a license agreement to allow The Bowery Restaurant to keep a piece of sidewalk on town property.

The agreement was approved unanimously by the board and included no other discussion other than an opening statement from Franklin Mayor Bob Scott.

"Let me make it clear, there was never any intention to cause any problem for The Bowery," Scott read from a prepared statement. "We welcome The Bowery as a new neighbor.


Last week Porter Street was temporarily blocked as 11 new tanks were delivered to the Lazy Hiker Brewing Co., bringing the new business one step closer to opening its doors.

After having the 11 tanks custom-made for the brewery, they were delivered and set up in the warehouse in the back of Franklin's old town hall last week. Noah McIntee, head brewer for Franklin's first brewery, said with the addition of the tanks, just one more piece of the puzzle is needed to begin brewing exceptional craft beer.

"These 11 tanks put us a little closer to where we need to be to get the doors open and the beer flowing," said McIntee.


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