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At Tuesday's monthly Airport Authority meeting, W.K. Dickson, a consulting firm, was supposed to open up bidding for the runway widening that will likely take place this fall, but no representative was on hand to do so. Since that business could not be addressed, the authority had only one item to consider.

Bob Scott approached the board to discuss a previous request of allowing REACH to honor veterans by having a USO (United Service Organizations) night sometime in November. The event would serve as a fund raiser and would host a band that would play USO-type music. His hope was that the board would allow the use of its large hangar to house the event.

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Sheriff says more charges pending

A 45-year-old convicted sex offender has been arrested in Macon County after reportedly assaulting a female and breaking into two homes.

According to the Macon County Sheriff's Office, the arrest of Ronald Anthony Miller, of Houston Gap Road, is the result of incidents which allegedly occurred during the early morning hours of July 25. Miller is a registered sex offender who recently moved to the Franklin area after being released from prison in Florida.

According to police reports, an adult female reported that she had been strangled by Miller after giving him a ride.

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Editor’s note: The Macon County News has historically provided its readers with profiles of candidates running for local offices. Part I was featured in last week's edition of the newspaper and includes biographical information for the mayoral candidates and four of the 10 candidates for alderman. Click here to read Part I of the candidate profiles.

Franklin residents have a full slate of candidates from which to choose in November's municipal election as 10 residents have filed for alderman and two have filed for mayor.

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At the Franklin Day-Break Rotary Club meeting Tuesday morning, representatives from Mission Hospital presented a plan to acquire one more helicopter for the MAMA (Mountain Area Medical Airlift) program. The MAMA program currently serves 18 counties in Western North Carolina, operating two air ambulances; one located in Asheville and the other in Franklin.

The program began in 1986 and has made an estimated 18,600 flights to help those suffering from life threatening medical issues. In the last three years, there have been about 150 times that people needed the MAMA helicopters only to find out that they were busy.

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Editor’s note: The Macon County News has historically provided its readers with profiles of candidates running for local offices. Part I includes biographical information for the mayoral candidates and four of the 10 candidates for alderman. The remaining six candidates will be featured in next week’s issue.

Franklin residents will have no shortage of choices in November's upcoming municipal election as 10 residents have filed for alderman and two have filed for mayor.

Only residents who live within Franklin city limits are able to vote in the election, to be held Tuesday, Nov. 5. For mayor, residents will be permitted to vote for one candidate, and the candidate with the most votes will win.

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Editor’s note: This is Part I of candidate profiles for Highlands. Part II featuring the remaining candidates will be in next week’s issue.

Highlands residents have a number of candidates to choose from for November's upcoming municipal election as four residents have filed for town commissioner and two have filed for mayor.

Only residents who live within Highlands city limits are able to vote in the election, which will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5. For mayor, residents will be permitted to vote for one candidate, and the candidate with the most votes will win. For commissioner, there are two open seats on the board, so voters will be able to vote for two candidates and the top two vote getters will be appointed to the board.

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This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of Franklin resident Frances “Frankie” Bullock. On July 26, 1963, the pretty socialite visited her mother and then a friend. Once she returned to her home, the events become unclear. From that night until her body was discovered the following Monday, speculation is that someone she knew entered her home, sat with her at a dining room table for a period of time and then brutally killed her. The exact details of her death may never lead to an explanation or closure for those who knew her — many of whom have since passed away, but her legacy still haunts the residents that live here.

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Particulars on fill in a floodplain still to be worked out.

The floodplain ordinance in Macon County has been a topic of concern for years now. At previous planning board meetings, members of the community, who chose to attend fervently, supported leaving the ordinance as it stands—which would mean disallowing fill to be placed in the floodplain. In recent months, the planning board meetings have seen a small, consistent faction of local residents attend the gatherings to voice their concerns over changing the ordinance, ultimately asking the board to consider keeping the ban on fill in place. The board members were able to push the issue to the side for a short while as the North Carolina General Assembly considered Senate Bill 612, which would require that no local ordinance be stricter than what the state requires, but the bill has been shelved for now. The bill would have nullified the ban on fill. At the request of the county commissioners, the planning board must now provide its recommendations.

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A weekend domestic dispute in Franklin ends with the arrest of a local man and a near house fire.

Roger Dale Smith, age 41, of Franklin, was arrested Sunday and charged with first degree arson.

According to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Smith, 41, was arrested on Sunday and charged with first degree arson after being involved in an argument at a residence located at 21 Kirkland Road.

Police reports state that Smith went into a bedroom in the home to gather belongings when he allegedly set fire to an air conditioner unit that was stuffed with towels and a pillow.

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Leads effort to improve health of babies in Macon County

Local business leaders are working with the March of Dimes to prevent preterm birth to give more babies a healthy start in life. Franklin business leader Jim Bross has taken on the role of March for Babies chair. Bross is the president and CEO of Angel Medical Center (AMC) and is also a proud father to a daughter who is now in college, making his connection with babies both personal and meaningful.

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