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At Monday's Franklin Board of Aldermen meeting, the board addressed an ongoing topic of rezoning that has been on the radar for the last few months. Under consideration were sections of East Main, West Palmer, Green and Gaston Streets. Town Planner Derek Roland was at the meeting to discuss the ins and outs of the rezoning plan.

“We've had a situation where a mobile home burnt down on Gaston Street and because of the way it was zoned, the owner couldn't even replace it with a similar home,” said Roland. “There has been similar situations with businesses that are obviously set up for mechanic type shops but because of the zoning, if a business goes out, a new one can't move into the building offering the same type of service. East Franklin is zoned as a C-2 so rezoning the area of West Palmer and East Main to a C-2 would allow the section of the town to grow economically and welcome businesses who are looking to move in here.”

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Editor’s note: The Macon County News has historically provided its readers with profiles of candidates running for local offices. Parts I and II were featured in the last two editions of the newspaper and include biographical information for the mayoral candidates and four of the 10 candidates for alderman. Visit maconnews.com to read Part I and II 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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The Macon County Board of Education divvied up the majority of a $99,035 allotment given by the county for capital improvements at the July board meeting.

While the school board had originally requested $297,035 in 19 outstanding infrastructure improvements ranging from replacing vacuum cleaners to new carpet, county commissioners allotted $99,035 and directed the school board to prioritize the needs.

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Highlands residents have both familiar and new faces to choose from for November's 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 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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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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