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A Franklin man was arrested on August 7 for the sale of cocaine. Alvin Sharriod Anderson, also known as Terrance Bernard Anderson, 26, allegedly sold cocaine to an informant for the Macon County Sheriff's Department.

In all, 41.5 grams of cocaine and thousands of dollars were seized from Anderson’s home. A pistol was also recovered.

“This was an effort by our undercover unit,” said Sheriff Robert Holland. “They had received information that this individual was selling narcotics and created a situation where an informant was sold significant amounts of cocaine.”

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The Tourism Development Authority (TDA) of Franklin hosted its monthly meeting Monday night at Town Hall. Items discussed included the potential funding of Franklin's annual PumpkinFest, a website hosting update, and a marketing update.

TDA member Summer Woodard provided a presentation concerning PumpkinFest on behalf of executive director of the Main Street Program, Linda Schlott. The request given to the TDA was for a $1,500 grant and for the use of two digital billboards in the Atlanta area.

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The League of Women Voters (LWV) hosted its monthly forum last Thursday at Tartan Hall in the First Presbyterian Church. A nonpartisan civic group, the LWV hosts a variety of guests to bring awareness to local concerns. This particular meeting saw former Sheriff Homer Holbrooks (1986-2002) join current Sheriff Robbie Holland (2002-Present) for an hour's worth of discussion about their roles in the years in which they are serving or have served in the county.

Holland opened up the forum by discussing the path he took that brought him to the office of sheriff.

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Carbon monoxide from a forklift possibly led to the death of one Macon County man and sent 16 others to the hospital last Friday night in an incident that occurred at Norton Creek Farms.

According to the updated Macon County Emergency Service CAD report following the incident, Kristie Hall and Bill Best with the North Carolina Department of Labor tested the forklift used Friday night and within 15 seconds of cranking the machinery, monitors began picking up carbon monoxide (CO) at 1,000 parts per million (ppm).

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Alex Livorio Rivera, 21, of Franklin, was arrested Sunday, July 28, by Franklin Police Officer Elija Kirkland and charged with felony possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, possession with intent to sell/distribute synthetic cannabinoid (86 grams), and possession of marijuana up to a half ounce. A large amount of money and credit cards were seized. Rivera was held on a $25,000 bail.

According to Captain Stephen Apel, the arrest occurred after Kirkland observed a suspicious vehicle stopping at various eateries on the Georgia Road. Driving back to the area, Kirkland saw the vehicle stopping at businesses again.

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At a continuation meeting of the Airport Authority held on Tuesday at the Macon County Airport, the authority hosted a bid opening to choose a qualified contractor for the proposed runway widening that could take place in the fall.

At the authority's June meeting, Erik Rysdon, project manager for W.K. Dickson – a planning, design, engineering consulting firm based in Charlotte, N.C. – went into detail about the project and timeline it would likely take.

“We anticipate things to run smoothly,” he said. “We're going to be able to complete it over the span of about 45 days, with only one week of the airport being completely closed. We're looking at being operational during the day and carrying out the construction at night besides during that one week.”

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Intent to kill charges Macon County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 26-yearold Franklin woman for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill.

According to police reports, Officer Scott Nelson arrested Amanda Bidwell Shope of Old Murphy Road Tuesday, July 30, and charged her with three felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, one felony count of burglary and misdemeanor counts of physical assault and injury to personal property. Police reports show that Shope was armed with a handgun at the time of arrest.

Shope is scheduled to appear in court on August 15. She was booked into the Macon County Detention Center under a $30,000 bond.

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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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