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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.

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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)

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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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Shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday morning, Western Carolina University in Cullowhee sent out an alert to a students urging them to stay away from the commercial strip on campus for reason of a fire in the vicinity. The school did not cancel classes and there were no injuries reported as a result of the incident.

“We certainly are grateful that no one was injured during this incident, neither the owners and employees of the businesses nor the firefighters and first responders who rushed to the scene,” said WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher. “Our thoughts are with our friends and neighbors who own and work at these establishments.”

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On Saturday afternoon, the Macon County Sheriff's Office began what would result in an 18-hour standoff following a hostage situation in the Oak Grove community.

Sheriff Robbie Holland informed media outlets of the situation on Saturday to let the community know that law enforcement officers were on the scene and the community was not at risk.

Shortly after daylight on Sunday morning, law enforcement took Robert Childs, 51, into custody and charged him with felonious breaking and entering, 2nd degree kidnapping, and domestic criminal trespassing. According to reports, the home Childs broke into was the residence of his estranged wife and son. Childs reportedly lives on the same property but in a different residence. To gain access into the home, Childs broke down the front door using an axe.

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County looking at options as landfill nears capacity.

County leaders met Tuesday night to discuss the future of the Macon County Landfill. With an average of 30,000 tons of trash a year being piled into the landfill, the current plan's days are numbered.

Commissioner Paul Higdon, who acts as the liaison to the solid waste department brought the capacity issue to the attention of the board during its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, requesting a special called meeting to discuss possible solutions. Tuesday night, commissioners heard from Chris Stahl, director of Solid Waste Management for Macon County, on possible solutions to avoid reaching capacity at the landfill.

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This Friday, Nov. 22, will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States of America. Shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 22, 1963, Kennedy was fatally shot while riding in a presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas with his wife Jacqueline, and Texas Governor John Connally, and his wife Nellie. After nearly a year of investigations, it was determined that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone and was responsible for Kennedy's death.

Newspapers all around the country dedicated front page headlines spreading the details of Kennedy's death to a nation in mourning. Macon County News' founder, the late Gary Gooder, was working as editor of the Del Ray Beach News- Journal in Florida at the time and authored a front page editorial memorializing the tragic day that will forever go down in history.

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Franklin Alderman and mayor-elect Bob Scott (left) and Franklin Police Chief David Adams (right) attended the North Carolina FBI National Academy Associate's Fall Training Seminar in Asheville, Friday, where Daniel Linskey, Superintendent in Chief of the Boston Police Department (center) conducted a training session on how the Boston Police handled the 117th Boston Marathon terrorist bombing.

Linskey was the on-scene commander for the bombing and hunt for the bombing suspects. Linskey talked about lessons learned, how the bombing scene was secured and evidence gathered and the information amassed that led to the arrest of one suspect and the death of the other in a gun battle. The pressure cooker bombs left three dead and 264 injured.

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Runway widening postponed waiting for grant authorizations

The Airport Authority met recently to discuss plans concerning the future of the airport.

Present at the meeting were Richard Rhodes from Rhodes Construction, Reuben Moore, division operations engineer at North Carolina Department of Transportation, and Erik Rysdon from W.K. Dickson, an engineering, planning, and design firm out of Charlotte who has worked with the authority for many years.

The board members discussed potential projects that had been proposed through the year 2020, but decided to prioritize four specifically, beginning with the paving and lighting project that has been discussed at the last few meetings.

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In the 2013-14 fiscal year budget, commissioners made a commitment to emergency services in Macon County. Funds were appropriated to update emergency vehicles including two new ambulances and six new patrol cars.

After completing the bidding process, Macon County commissioners formally approved a bid from Franklin Ford for six new 2014 Police Interceptor Sedans at $23,996.33 each. The bidding process attracted two bidders, Franklin Ford with a total project bid of $143,978 and Iiderton with a total project cost of $145,134 for six 2014 Dodge Chargers.

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