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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for three major awards, The Duke Power Citizenship and Service Award, Citizen of the Year and Club/Organization of the Year.

Nomination letters can be delivered to the Franklin Chamber of Commerce at 425 Porter Street or emailed to LindaH@ Franklin-Chamber.com. Nomination deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 5 p.m.

These awards will be presented at The Annual Awards Banquet and Chamber Annual Meeting on Jan. 21 at Tartan Hall. The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres at 6:15 followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Dinner will be prepared by Chef Connie Grubermann of Oak Hill County Inn.


The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance in locating other potential victims and/or witnesses in the case involving Jessica May Carpenter, 35, of 57 Aurora Lane, Sylva.

While investigating a case where alcohol was bought and given to a minor person, investigators determined further criminal conduct had occurred. Subsequently, Carpenter was charged and arrested with statutory rape or sexual offense of a person 13, 14, or 15 years old and is being held on a $100,000 secured bond.

The investigation into this offense as well as other offenses is continuing. Other witnesses and potential other victims may not have come forward. Those persons are encouraged to contact Detective Andi Clayton at (828) 586-1392. Potential victims may be minors who received alcohol from the suspect or are victims of sexual misconduct.

More than two years after voting to purchase Parker Meadows, Macon County Recreation Director Seth Adams informed commissioners Tuesday night that the county has been approved for a $500,000 grant to begin construction of a new recreation facility on the Parker Meadows property.

North Carolina had $45 million to disburse in PARTF (Parks and Recreation Trust Fund) funds, which provide a dollar-for-dollar matching grant to local governments for parks and recreational projects to serve the public. Out of the 80 projects that applied for funding, 48 projects were left unfunded this cycle.


The Franklin Police Department has named Patrol Officer Timothy Lynn the 2013 Office of the Year.

“The Franklin PD is made up of a great group off men and women,” said Lynn. “They are dedicated to their jobs as law enforcement officers, and they are good at what they do. It was an honor to be chosen among them as the officer of the year.”

Each FPD employee was given a ballot and was able to submit it anonymously, to help make the voting more even handed.


Newly-elected aldermen Barbara McRae and Patti Hallyburton Abel joined the other members of the Franklin Town Board Monday night along with new mayor, Bob Scott.

The new board set to work right away when Town Planner Derek Roland brought to their attention an application to amend the text of the Unified Development Ordinance for Outdoor Display of Goods. The action that would be taken at the meeting would be whether or not to send the application to the Town Planning Board for its consideration and recommendations.


Last Tuesday night Macon County Commissioners unanimously voted to hire Franklin native Derek Roland as the next county manager. The application process to replace long-time county manager Jack Horton began after Horton announced his retirement earlier this year. For the past three months, commissioners reviewed the 38 applications received and carefully considered each applicant's requirements. After narrowing the applicant pool to two individuals and conducting extensive interviews with both candidates, the unanimous decision was made to offer the job to Roland at an annual salary of $100,000.


At the Franklin Board of Aldermen meeting that took place Monday night, new board members Barbara McRae and Patti Hallyburton Abel joined incumbents Joyce Handley, Verlin Curtis, Farrell Jamison, and Billy Mashburn who was re-elected in the November election. New mayor Bob Scott also took the helm for the first time at the meeting.

To open, each member told the rest of the board and the members of the public who had gathered in the meeting room their hopes for the future of the Town of Franklin.


In the last week, a four-month-old baby girl and an 82-year-old woman lost their lives due to traffic accidents. Last Sunday, Fia Barton Scheyer of Franklin was pronounced dead at Angel Medical Center after she was struck by another vehicle on U.S. 64. Scheyer, who had come to a stop, was struck by Abelardo Heredia shortly after noon on Sunday. A head-on collision which occurred on the Highlands Road Monday night claimed the life of four-month-old Lindsay Cardenas and sent two others to the hospital.

Reports show that Cardenas was traveling in a white sedan with her mother, Angelina Feria-Cruz on U.S. 64 near the intersection of Sugarfork Road when a white pick-up truck driven by Kenneth Wayne Pearce crossed the center line and struck the car head-on.


Macon County Department of Social Services (DSS) will accept applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program known as LIHEAP beginning Monday, Dec. 2 and running through Jan. 31. LIHEAP provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help those eligible with their heating expense.

To be eligible a household must have either:

  • An elderly person ages 60 and above OR;
  • A disabled person receiving SSI, SSA, or VA disability AND receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS)


Recent chilly temperatures remind us that winter is on the way. Now cold-hearted scammers are using the threat of a power cutoff to try to scare some consumers into paying bills they don’t actually owe.

Not long ago we warned you about a similar scam aimed at customers of the state’s largest electrical utility company. Now, the crooks are targeting consumers served by North Carolina’s electrical cooperatives.

The scammers tell customers that they owe money on their utility bill, and that their power will be disconnected if they do not pay immediately. The consumer is told to purchase a pre-paid credit card and provide the card’s account number, or send the card by mail.


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