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The Parker Meadows recreation complex project hit a road bump last week. While grading a section of the property that is expected to eventually be the outfield of one of the ball fields, human remains were uncovered in what appeared to be a gravesite.

Macon County Recreation Director Seth Adams explained that what appeared to be teeth were found around some dark spots in an oval shape that was assumed to be a gravesite. Macon officials anticipated something similar happening and took precautions by hiring an archeologist to be on site during the grading portion of areas previously identified as possible locations for artifacts or remains.

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Tragedy struck the Western Carolina University community over the Fourth of July holiday weekend when a newly enrolled student drowned at a local swimming hole.

Shortly after 2 p.m. on July 5, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a possible drowning in the Tuckasegee River near the East La Port Recreation Park in Cullowhee. According to Jackson County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Chip Hall, 18-year-old Timothy Michael Adams was pulled from the river by friends.

When the Sheriff’s Office arrived, Cullowhee Fire Department, MedWest EMS, and the Jackson County Rescue Squad were already at the scene providing aid to Adams. The victim was transported to Med West Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Adams was from Wake Forest, N.C., and had just enrolled at WCU on July 2, three days before his death. Adams, who was a standout high school athlete had declared Sports Management as his major at WCU.

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Republican Jackson County Sheriff Candidates Curtis Lambert and Jimmy Hodgins will be heading into the primary runoff election on Tuesday, July 15. The winner of the runoff election will run against Democrat Chip Hall in the November election who secured his place on the November ticket with 1,559 votes.

During the May primary election, nine candidates filed to run for sheriff including three Republican candidates who were vying for the seat left vacant after long-time Sheriff Jimmy Ashe announced he would not be seeking re-election this November.

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Cooler temperatures predicted for the 4th of July Weekend

The Macon County recreation park pool was the place to be this week as temperatures hovered around the 90 degree mark.

Forecasters predict cooler temperatures for the 4th of July weekend.

Photo by Vickie Carpenter

 

 

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Pending contracts await commission approval.

As soon as Macon County officials get word from the Local Government Commission in the next week or so, they can begin fast tracking work on the county’s new recreational complex. Although awaiting final approval from the LGC is slowing things down a bit, commissioners have moved forward with grading work needed for Phase 1 of the project.

After Macon County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the Parker Meadows site work construction bid to Penland Contracting Company, Inc. last month, Lewis Penland and his team quickly got to work grading and preparing the property for construction.

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The Macon County Airport Authority held its monthly meeting on Tuesday afternoon. While some of the members were absent as a result of other obligations, one seat was left vacant by the late Harold Corbin.

“Harold was a long time member of the airport authority,” said Chairman Milles Gregory. “We'll certainly miss him. He was a very passionate supporter of the airport and was always willing to do whatever he could to help us do what needed to be done down here.”

The board will need to fill the void left by Corbin's passing and intends to submit a recommendation to the board of commissioners at next month's commissioner meeting.

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Article prompts inquiries from across the country.

Sylva garnered national attention recently when Where to Retire, a magazine focused on helping people decide where to relocate during their retirement, named the small Jackson County town as one of the top retirement destination in the country.

Julie Spiro, director of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, said that since the magazine’s publication, the chamber has received calls from people all over the country wanting more information about Sylva.

To date, the chamber has received almost a hundred calls in response to the magazine article. “All 91 calls are requesting information on Sylva and relocating to Jackson County,” said Spiro. “We have had inquiries from more than 14 different states including California, Florida, Virginia, New Mexico and from as far away as Ontario, Canada.”

For everyone who called the chamber in response to the article, Spiro and her team mailed out relocation packages with information about the town and surrounding area. “The package contains: the Chamber's relocation and community magazine, Our Town,” said Spiro. “This is a comprehensive 40-page magazine about the entire county, with insets about each township including Sylva.”

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Back in March, board members from REACH announced plans for a capital campaign that would raise enough money to build a new shelter in the county. The shelter will hopefully be fully constructed by the end of 2015.

REACH is a domestic violence and rape crisis center with the mission of eradicating domestic violence and sexual assault crimes in Macon and Jackson counties through prevention, intervention, and educational services. The organization is also a nonprofit organization, thus operating with the use of grants and donations.

With a total price tag of $1.2 million, the board was able to secure a state grant that would fill the void of $900,000 – leaving $300,000 to be raised.

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On Saturday, June 28, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Southwestern Community College’s Public Safety Training Center in conjunction with local fire departments will be conducting a training exercise at 69 Carl Ammons Road. This exercise will allow local fire departments an opportunity to train in realistic firefighting scenarios. This exercise will culminate in the demolition of a structure by fire.

During this training, evolution flames and smoke will be visible and at times prevalent in the area of Carl Ammons Road in the area of Fulcher Road and McCoy Road. Fire apparatus and other emergency service vehicles will be utilizing these roads as part of the training drill so minor traffic delays are possible.

Employee compensation pay plan put on hold indefinitely

Monday night, in a unanimous vote, the Macon County Board of Commissioners voted to adopt the $45,721,122 budget for fiscal year 2014-15. When the budget was originally brought before the board by county manager Derek Roland, the proposed budget was $1.6 million less than the current year’s budget. After hearing advice from the board and other stakeholders in the planning process, Roland amended the budget to reflect an additional $200,000, which puts the final budget around $1.4 million less than what the county is operating under during this fiscal year.

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