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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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Company says up to seven carriers can use the tower.

Cell phone service in the Rainbow Springs area will soon be getting a boost. During last Tuesday's Macon County Board of Commissioners meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to approve an application from Pegasus Tower to construct a 170- foot telecommunication tower at 12692 Murphy Road in the Rainbow Springs area.

The tower, which will hopefully boost cellphone service for remote areas of the county, has garnered interest from AT&T, who will be the main tenant on the tower initially.

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Despite the threat of rain, the annual Sweet Corn festival was held last weekend.

A 16 year tradition for Macon County, the annual festival featured live local music, local arts and craft, face painting and of course delicious sweet corn.

The event is hosted each year to bring the community together while raising money for the All Saints Episcopal Church community and CareNet.

Photos by Brittney Parker

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After nearly four decades working in local government, County Manager Jack Horton officially announced his retirement during last night's commissioners’ meeting.

Horton's career in local government administration began on Feb. 9, 1976, in Swain County. Thirty-six years later, Horton has served in three counties other than Macon and has even served two years as a city manager.

"With my service in local government now more than 36 years, the time has come for me to make the difficult decision as to how much longer I intend to work in this capacity," said Horton.

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New fiscal guidelines for 2013-14 color decisions.

After a messy ending to the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the Tourism Development Authority (TDA) has begun the new year with a bit of caution. The board has put forth guidelines that involve a marketing plan; whittled their budget for grant requests by festivals with the expectation of eventual self-sufficiency; and developed a more critical approach towards the requests they do fund. At Monday night's meeting the board employed this new strategy as they revisited three requests that were left over from the spring and looked at other concerns regarding the marketing plan that will be implemented.

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The Macon County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve changes to the county's subdivision ordinance during its July meeting Tuesday night. The changes were brought forth from the Macon County Planning Board, who has been working on the revisions for months.

After controversy due to confusion in the language in the ordinance, commissioners directed the Planning Board to begin reviewing the ordinance and to clarify some of the language used. In the past, confusion on the definition of existing subdivisions in the ordinance was a recurring issue which prompted the ordinance to be reviewed and amended as needed.

"The revisions to the subdivision ordinance are intended to make the review process more streamlined for anyone wanting to subdivide land in Macon County," said County Planner Matt Mason.

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The Town of Franklin had a discharge of untreated sewage from the pump station located at 3174 Wayah Road of approximately 4,500 gallons. The discharge was first discovered on July 6, 2013, at 8 a.m. and lasted approximately one hour. The untreated wastewater entered Wayah Creek.

The spill occurred because of pump station failure, due to heavy rain.

This notice is required by North Carolina General Statutes Article 21 Chapter 143.215.C. For more information, contact assistant to the town manager Summer Woodard at (828)524-2516.

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