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Last Friday, Jan. 24, at approximately 9:55 a.m. a fire broke out in the Holly Springs community.

The fire occurred at 86 Hollyview Circle at a home owned by Bill Marcello.

Franklin, Cullasaja and Mountain Valley Fire Departments were called on to put out the fire.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.



Property owner objects to installation of a sewer line.

Last week, the Town of Franklin held a special meeting to discuss a legal matter in a closed session about a pending lawsuit according to town attorney, John Henning Jr.

In documents obtained from the Macon County Clerk of Court's office, it has come to light that there is a pending lawsuit against the Town of Franklin.

Paperwork was filed on April 2, 2012, on behalf of John W. Mitchell, Jr. Revocable Trust and lists Jones P. Byrd of Van Winkle Law Firm in Asheville as the legal representation for the plaintiff.


The Parker Meadows Recreational Complex may be finished sooner than originally expected. Last week, Macon County Recreational Director Seth Adams and County Planner Matt Mason presented commissioners with three development options for the Parker Meadows property.

The preliminary proposal for the recreation complex was designed to comply with county’s obligation of the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant. Macon County received $500,000 in PARTF funds for the development of the project. After reviewing the plans, Adams and Mason found that the county stands to save a significant amount of money in the long run if they develop the complex all at one time, versus in phases over time. The three proposals are each a little more in depth than the one proposed before it, eventually building up to the final option, which includes a full scale, completed recreation facility.


Friday afternoon, a search warrant issued by Superior Court Judge Bradley B. Letts for the Macon County Board of Elections became available to the public. The search warrant, which sites Assistant Special Agent in Charge T.D. Ammons of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation as the applicant on the warrant, states that there is “probable cause to believe that the Office of the Macon County Board of Elections has been used to commit the offense of embezzlement.”

The search warrant states that on Friday January 17, both Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland and District Attorney Mike Bonfoey requested the SBI’s assistance regarding possible financial crimes at the board of elections office, at which point Ammons was assigned to the investigation.


Gazebo remodel tops the list of upcoming projects.

At the Town of Franklin's annual board retreat that took place last Saturday, aldermen and town officials looked at a variety of issues that would probably surface over the next year. Some of the topics have taken center stage before while others were relatively new.

New plans for the Gazebo

The future of the Gazebo on Town Square has long been a topic of discussion among town officials. Renovations have been discussed at length, and at Saturday's meeting, Town Manager Warren Cabe presented to the board some sample drawings of what the area could look like in the near future.


With temperatures predicted to get to historic lows once again throughout the week, local churches and organizations are concerned about the homeless population in Macon County.

Determining the actual number of homeless individuals varies from organization to organization based on the definition used. According to the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, homeless is defined as “an individual who lacks housing (without regard to whether the individual is a member of a family), including an individual whose primary residence during the night is a supervised public or private facility (such as shelters) that provides temporary living accommodations, and an individual who is a resident in transitional housing. A homeless person is an individual without permanent housing who may live on the streets; stay in a shelter, or mission, single room occupancy facilities, abandoned building or vehicle; or in any other unstable or nonpermanent situation.”


The Franklin Board of Aldermen held its annual retreat last Saturday to discuss actions that could be taken in the future to aid in the town's economic development.

Town-owned vacant properties, particularly the old town hall building, have received plenty of attention ever since last year's retreat. The board previously decided to try and sell the piece of property, but after only receiving one bid of $150,000, well below the tax value, the talks of selling it have gone quiet.


When there weren't enough members to take action on anything at last week's county planning board meeting, the members who were present discussed a variety of topics for a short time before adjourning; one of them being the possibility of a new farmer's market at the Cowee Heritage Center. An organization called MountainWise was commended for their efforts in trying to make that happen, spurring the question, who exactly is MountainWise?


The Macon County Board of Education voted Thursday to join legal action against the state, challenging the constitutionality of a law passed back in July.

The complaint, which was originally filed by the North Carolina School Boards Association in Wake County Superior Court on Dec. 16, challenges the General Assembly’s July decision to provide $4,200 per student in annual taxpayer funds to cover the cost of school vouchers for students electing to attend private schools.

“The Macon County Board of Education was invited, along with all of the other school districts in North Carolina, to join in the North Carolina School Boards Association's challenge to the recently adopted voucher system,” explained Macon County Board of Education attorney John Henning Jr.


Mayor seeking legal ways to get input from the public.

At last week's Franklin Board of Aldermen meeting, elected officials seemed to be at odds concerning a variety of issues, notably the use of liaisons at East Franklin School and monthly “town hall” style meetings.

Mayor Bob Scott had attempted to establish two liaisons, one for East Franklin Elementary and another for people seeking information about recreation in the area, but the school appointment issue stole the show.

Scott's attempt to place Alderman Barbara McRae as the link between the school that sits inside the city limits in an attempt to build goodwill between the school and the town board was brought into question by Alderman Billy Mashburn.


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