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In the 2013-14 fiscal year budget, commissioners made a commitment to emergency services in Macon County. Funds were appropriated to update emergency vehicles including two new ambulances and six new patrol cars.

After completing the bidding process, Macon County commissioners formally approved a bid from Franklin Ford for six new 2014 Police Interceptor Sedans at $23,996.33 each. The bidding process attracted two bidders, Franklin Ford with a total project bid of $143,978 and Iiderton with a total project cost of $145,134 for six 2014 Dodge Chargers.

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Voters took to the polls last Tuesday and decided on new leadership for various municipal boards in Jackson County. Current Sylva Town Board member Christina Matheson was elected as Sylva's new mayor after defeating newcomer Jeremy Edmonds with 162 votes to Edmonds' 36.

“I am extremely excited, honored and humbled,” Matheson said.

After learning that outgoing Mayor Maurice Moody was not seeking re-election, Matheson felt compelled to step up. “I have served on the Sylva Town Council for four years and have learned much about municipal government,” said Matheson. “When Mayor Moody decided not to run for another term as mayor, I felt it was the right time for me to 'throw my hat into the ring. I loved Sylva and was committed to all that it represents. I felt I could be effective in the position of mayor and be a positive catalyst for Sylva’s growth and prosperity.”

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The Macon County Community Building once again hosted the Franklin Gun Show. Travelers who used Highway 441 to enter into Franklin likely ran into the lines of cars ready to find a parking place in the area. Despite the traffic, Ron Haven of Gem Capitol Shows doesn't think the turnout was what it had been in the past.

“I don't think there were as many people at this show as there usually is,” said Haven. “It was still a good show, but I don't think it was as good as the last one we had. It's actually something that has been affecting a lot of the shows lately. I was talking to a promoter out of Asheville recently and he was saying that his attendance was down also.”

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Franklin's Tourism Development Authority (TDA) held its monthly meeting on Tuesday night at Town Hall. Members had a light agenda to consider and promptly got to work, but before diving in they reviewed the financial report which showed that the TDA acquired $9,262.61 in room occupancy taxes for the month of September.

“If you look at July, August and September, all three months are down from previous years,” member Summer Woodard said. “We almost revert back to worse than 2009, 2010. I don't really know what the difference is between what is going on this year and this time last year, but I think it's definitely something the board should take under consideration.”

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Last Sunday, the Sylva Police Department in Jackson County responded to the Jackson Plaza off Highway 441 due to an apparent suicide.

Following an investigation, primary investigator Detective Daniel Peoples, with the assistance of NC SBI agents Shannon Ashe and Lee Tritt, was able to determine that Claude Bolton, 19, of Sylva, had apparently committed suicide by inhaling toxic chemicals.

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North Carolina Highway Patrol ended its Operation Stop Arm campaign on Friday, Oct. 25. The campaign which began on Monday, Oct. 21, was focused on promoting traffic safety around North Carolina schools, school buses and school bus stops.

During the weeklong enforcement campaign, troopers followed more than 671 school buses across the state to remind motorists of the dangers that exist in and around school buses and school zones. Troopers issued 18 citations to motorists who failed to stop for a school bus. It is estimated that each school day, more than 2,000 drivers violate North Carolina’s school bus stop arm law.

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Drunk drivers wearing even the most creative costumes could not hide from law enforcement officers across the state during the Halloween “Booze It & Lose It” campaign. They arrested 842 people for driving drunk from Oct. 25 to Oct. 31.

“Participation in this important campaign from our law enforcement partners is up across the state, and it shows in our results,” said Don Nail, director of the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “Halloween can be a scary time, but thanks to local and state agencies patrolling our roads day and night for drunk drivers, they prevented countless real-life nightmares."

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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.

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