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Macon County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman found dead last Tuesday afternoon in the Coweeta Lab area of Macon County. The deceased has been identified as 39- year-old Shelly Ann Burris of both Anderson, S.C. and Franklin, N.C.

Burris’ body was discovered by a group of bear hunters last Tuesday afternoon off of a service road in the Nantahala National Forest. Her car was found to be abandoned at a service gate and her body was found down an embankment in a creek.

The cause of death has yet to be released as authorities are awaiting a confirmation of an autopsy report. Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland said on Tuesday afternoon that the preliminary investigation found no injuries to the deceased's body and evidence at the scene indicated that there was no cause for immediate safety concern for the community.

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Macon County Sheiriff's Office responded to a 911 call concerning a deceased man outside of a residence on Maclor Forest Circle on Saturday afternoon.

After a preliminary investigation, the MCSO was able to determine that the man was the owner of the home and has since been identified as 62-year-old Jim Scholten.

Due to the circumstances involving the case and the evidence found by MCSO detectives, the death was deemed to be suspicious in nature and a full investigation by the MCSO and State Bureau of Investigation was conducted over the weekend.

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Shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, investigators with the Macon County Sheriff's Office and United States Forest Service responded to a 911 call in the Coweeta Lab area of Macon County. Bear hunters called in to report that they had discovered an abandoned vehicle and a deceased white female in a creek.

The vehicle was parked at a gated service road off of Coweeta Lab Road leading into the Nantahala National Forest. A couple feet from the gate is an embankment leading down to a creek where the body was found.

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Emergency room nurse receives recognition.

Angel Medical Center Emergency Room nurse, Mandy Tabor Wishon is the latest recipient of the DAISY award. Twice each year an AMC nurse is nominated by patients, family members, physicians or co-workers.

The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the family members of Patrick Barnes who was 33 when he died of an immune system disorder. The family chose to turn their grief into a positive creating the DAISY Award as a way to recognize nurses who they believe are the “unsung heroes of our society who deserve far more recognition and honor than they receive.”

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The Macon County Planning Board met last Thursday for its monthly meeting. Members were tasked by the board of commissioners to look into potential uses for existing properties owned by the county.

County Planner Matt Mason presented members with a portfolio of properties ranging from undeveloped land-locked properties to commercial properties. Some notable properties that were examined during the meeting included the old Cullasaja School, the old county garage just inside the Franklin city limits and a small tract of land between the Highlands Road and the Little Tennessee Greenway. Other properties considered were land locked properties off of Middle Creek in Otto, two pieces of property on Bradley Creek in Cowee, and another piece of property off of Bethel Church Road.

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Early voting began last Thursday in counties across North Carolina. Early voting, which is being held at the Macon County Board of Elections Office located in the courthouse on Main Street, will continue through 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2. Absentee ballots must be received in office by Monday, Nov. 4, at 5 p.m.

As of 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, the board of elections had 96 votes on the record for Franklin.

Three vacant alderman seats and the Mayor position are up for grabs in Franklin.

Election Day will be Tuesday, Nov. 5, with polls opening at 6:30 a.m. and remaining opening until 7:30 p.m. On Election Day, voters may cast their ballots at Town Hall in Franklin.

With early voting beginning today, Oct. 17, the League of Women Voters, (LWV) a non-partisan organization that focuses on voter education, voter rights and citizen participation in government and community, held a candidate forum for the Franklin mayoral candidates last Thursday.

Both candidates for Franklin's vacant mayor seat, Sissy Pattillo and Bob Scott, attended the forum and entertained questions from the LWV as well as from the audience.

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Twelve out of 17 non-profits receive community funds.

Each year, the Macon County Board of Commissioners sets aside $50,000 in a community funding pool to be distributed to local non-profit organizations whose purpose is to help members of the community. Commissioners formed a task force charged with the task of reviewing the funding pool applications and distributing the money.

While the community funding pool was established to help the Macon County Board of Commissioners allocate tax-generated funds to local non-profits in a fair and efficient way, the Macon County Community Funding Pool (CFP) Task Force is comprised of citizens chosen by the board of commissioners...

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Macon County commissioner Ronnie Beale brought home the 2013 John Baggett Award earlier this month from the annual NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) North Carolina conference held in Raleigh.

Named after NAMI North Carolina's first executive director, the John Baggett Award is given each year to recognize the local community effort of a non-member on behalf of people living with mental illness and their families.

“I appreciate this award and this recognition,” said Beale. “There were a lot of other deserving people across the state. I also appreciate the support of this board when it comes to mental illness and the efforts to reduce the effects in Macon County.”

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On Oct. 11, at approximately 07:05 a.m. the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Qualla Motel in the Whittier community of Jackson County in regards to physical injuries on a four-year-old child. Deputies were requested after first responders and EMS arrived on scene and noted the injuries to the child.

The child was transported to Harris Regional Hospital then onto Mission Hospital, where the child died on Saturday, Oct. 12.

The investigation surrounding the circumstances in this case is still ongoing. Further charges will be considered pending the results of the autopsy which has been scheduled for next week.

The Sheriff’s Office has charged a suspect in the injured child investigation at the Qualla Motel in Whittier. Eric Lorenzo Davis, 23, is in custody and has been charged and served with warrants. He is charged with one felony count of intentional child abuse-inflicting serious bodily injury.

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published: 10/18/2013
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