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Macon County law enforcement spent most of last Wednesday searching for an Otto man wanted for charges of robbery in Rabun County, Ga. 

On Wednesday morning, Aug. 21, Franklin Police Officer Jonathan Bean attempted to arrest Jeffery Alan Tedesco, 30, of Coweeta Lab Road, at C&R Lube on the Highlands Road in Franklin on Wednesday morning, he fled from officers.

Tedesco was wanted by the Rabun County Sheriff's Office on a fugitive warrant for burglary charges. He fled onto the greenway behind C&R Lube.


Planning Board to consider surplus county properties.

The Macon County Planning Board held its monthly meeting on August 15 to discuss the ongoing issue of the floodplain ordinance.

As a result of a request made by Wells Grove Baptist Church, county commissioners tasked the board with looking at possible changes to the ordinance. The current ordinance disallows the use of fill in a floodplain.


The Macon County Airport Authority board held its monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon. Erik Rysdon was in attendance to provide updates to the board about a variety of issues. Rysdon, a project manager at W.K. Dickson, an engineering, planning, and design firm out of Charlotte, is leading the runway widening project. The contract was recently awarded to Reeves Construction. He is also the board's go-to when other issues arise or new projects come about.

As far as the widening project is concerned, Rysdon told the board that the Division of Aviation (DOA) had not gotten back to him about approval as of yet, but that it should be coming soon.


Riders in the Nantahala area to take the biggest hit.

Fare increases for Macon County Transit were approved by commissioners during last week's meeting. While County Commissioner Ronnie Beale opposed the rate increases, the new fares passed in a 4-1 vote.

Macon County Transit Director Kim Angel brought the rate increases before the board and explained that her request was based on changes in operational costs. “The reason we ask for fares and cost share are to meet match requirements on grants, and when grant money runs out, the money we collect from passengers keeps the system running," said Angel.


At the August meeting of the Franklin Board of Aldermen, a public hearing was held for comments about suggested changes for sweepstakes parlors. The suggestion made by Town Planner Derek Roland would amend text of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and restrict sweepstakes parlors to C-3 Commercial areas should they ever become legal.

“The application that was sent down to the planning board has been expanded from its original version,” said Roland. “We didn't originally include a formal definition so the planning board recommended adding the amendment that would define the devices in a similar manner to the state's wording. They also recommended a portion of the text to set guidelines that are similar to ones followed by private clubs. That's where we stand right now.”

According to the UDO, that means sweepstakes parlors “shall not be located within a 500-foot radius of another establishment housing Electronic Machines and Devices for Sweepstakes, nor within 250 feet of a residential use or residential zoning classification.”


The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) pleaded with the Macon County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night asking for help to get rights to the Nikwasi Indian Mound. Although the property is within Macon County, the lease to the mound belongs to the Town of Franklin.

Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Michell Hicks spoke Tuesday night saying that he was compelled to fight to "bring the mound home."

"The mound belongs to the Cherokee people and the deed needs to be back in our names," said Hicks. "It is time for that mound to come back home."


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.”


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.


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.


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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published: 10/18/2013
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