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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.

On June 20 around noon, a couple were caught on a surveillance camera robbing coins out of laundry machines at the Community Laundromat located on Lake Emory Road.

According to Franklin Police Chief David Adams, an unidentified white female and a white male entered the laundromat and used a tactic to empty coins out of the machines. The strategy the couple used tricked the machines to deploy change without receiving payment.

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Russell Bowling was honored at Monday night's Board of Aldermen meeting for his years of service and contribution to the Town of Franklin while serving on the Franklin's ABC Board.

Mayor Joe Collins and fellow board member Pat Pattillo presented a plaque showing the town's appreciation of Bowling. Bowling, who served for 19 years, graciously accepted the award and thanked those in attendance and those who had presented the award.

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Officials met last Tuesday to discuss future plans for the Macon County Airport and the proposed expansion of the runway. The Airport Authority meets monthly on every fourth Tuesday. The members gathered in anticipation of an update regarding the widening of runways to allow for use by larger aircraft.

As a result of a report compiled by the division of aviation, the Airport Authority continues in its bid to expand operations at the local airport. Project engineer Erik Rysdon of W.K. Dickson, a planning, design, and engineering consulting firm in Charlotte, was on hand at last week's meeting to discuss future plans revolving around the widening of the runways currently being used.

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The Franklin Board of Aldermen gathered Monday night for its monthly meeting to discuss a variety of issues that the town will be facing, ranging from water issues to rezoning to amusement ordinances. Members of the public were invited to attend and many accepted that invitation.

Brian Tripp from the consulting firm W.K. Dickson was present at the meeting to present a plan that would expand the current infrastructure and guide the town's water system to meet the demand up to and beyond 2035.

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Filing for the 2013 municipal elections in Macon and Jackson counties begins Friday, July 5, at noon and will continue until Friday, July 19, at noon.

In Macon County, between Franklin and Highlands, a total of seven elected officials are up for re-election in November.

The seats on the Franklin Town Board include the mayor seat, currently held by Joe Collins who announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election, and three aldermen seats held by Billy Mashburn, Sissy Pattillo and Bob Scott. In Franklin's last election, all seats up for election ran unopposed.

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After being forced to notify dozens of teachers that their jobs were not guaranteed in the 2013-14 school year because of a lack of funding, after a closed session during their June meeting, the Macon County Board of Education voted to begin the process of hiring those positions that are essential to the education process.

The Board of Education was originally granted $7.1 million from county commissioners for the 2013-14 school year.

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