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With the advent of social media on the rise in American culture, The Macon County News & Shopping Guide has now come into the technological fold.

This week, MCN’s website, maconnews.com, is proud to present a new feature that will allow its readers to interact with one other in a whole new way. We hope to generate public interest and discourse on local matters with the new feature. It serves to further involve readers in the issues that matter most. We want to know; What are your thoughts? At the bottom of each news article, our online readers can find a comment box and “like” button, which will allow them to interact with one another via Facebook. There they can share their thoughts or questions on any given subject. User generated content will be moderated in order to avoid inappropriate or gratuitous language. The new feature mirrors the activity generated on the Macon County News’ Facebook page.

MCN invites you, the reader, to not only get involved in online discussion, but to also “like” our Facebook page for all current news and updates for the Macon, Jackson and Rabun county areas. We look forward to hearing your views.

Deputies with the Macon County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) arrested Scott Cole IV on Thursday, Aug. 16. Cole was charged with felony counts of manufacturing marijuana, marijuana possession and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. Cole, who is expected to appear in court on Aug. 30, was also charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to an application for a search warrant from MCSO Detective Chris Murray, after Cole became the owner of his residence, the power records indicated a dramatic increase in power consumption. The search warrant shows that the power consumption ranged from being 2045 kilowatt hours at a cost of $188.83 for the period of Nov. 22, 2011, to Dec. 22, 2011, and steadily increased until reaching a high of 4144 killowatt hours at $404.16 for June 21, 2012 to July 2012.

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While toxicology reports are still pending in the case of James Robert Pruitt—the deceased victim of a July 8 shooting in Otto—details from an autopsy report released by the state Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, reveal that he did, in fact, die by a single gunshot wound.

The report, released on July 23, determined that Pruitt died from a gunshot wound to his left leg, and that there was evidence of hypertensive type cardiovascular disease. According to Dr. Lawrence Selby, who performed the autopsy at Harris Regional Hospital on July 9, Pruitt was shot in the upper left thigh by a .22 caliber handgun while walking up steps. The bullet traveled “through the region of the femoral artery,” read the report, which added that “copious blood is present through and about this wound. No projectiles are recovered.”

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Franklin Fire and Rescue responded to a reported structure fire at Caterpillar Precision Seals located at 517 Industrial Park Road Friday, Aug. 10, at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Smoke was visible when crews arrived and the building had been evacuated.

Crews conducted an interior attack extinguishing the fire in a large equipment area within 15 minutes.

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Live dealers at the gaming tables beginning this week.

After the Department of the Interior signed into law the amendment to the gaming compact between the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the state of North Carolina two weeks ago, the casino acted fast and dealt out the first live hand Wednesday night at 6 p.m.

This compact expands the Eastern Band's gaming enterprise and is creating more than 500 new jobs at Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel in Western North Carolina.

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Initiative enforces registration of sex offenders.

The Macon County Sheriff’s Office participated in the U.S. Marshals Service Operation Mountain Top on Aug. 1. This was a multiagency, multi-county initiative to verify that registered sex offenders were in compliance with all Federal and North Carolina registration requirements. Participating agencies included the U.S. Marshals Service, Macon County Sheriff’s Office, 30th District Attorney’s Office, FBI, N.C. SBI, N.C. Division of Community Corrections, and the Sheriff’s Offices in Clay, Graham and Cherokee counties.

The purpose of this initiative was to enforce the provisions of SORNA, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act which is Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-248). SORNA provides a comprehensive set of minimum standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United States. SORNA aims to close potential gaps and loopholes and strengthen the nationwide network of sex offender registration and notification programs. In addition to the initial registration requirements, North Carolina law requires registered sex offenders to verify their information in the registry twice a year.

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With the holidays in sight as summer draws closer to an end, Franklin’s Tourism Development Authority was faced with numerous grant requests for several upcoming events to be held locally. TDA Chairwoman Candy Pressley was on vacation, therefore Summer Woodard substituted in her place.

NHC event

A grant request made by Dr. San Ho Choi, Nantahala Hiking Club (NHC) Vice President, was made in the amount of $500 to help advertise in print media the upcoming national Family Hike Day on Sept. 29. The event is scheduled to be held at Standing Indian.

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Will purchase meat; bolster federal nutrition programs

As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to help farmers, ranchers, small businesses, and communities being impacted by the nation's persistent drought, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced USDA's intent to purchase up to $170 million of pork, lamb, chicken, and catfish for federal food nutrition assistance programs, including food banks. The purchase will help relieve pressure on American livestock producers during the drought, while helping to bring the nation's meat supply in line with demand while providing high quality, nutritious food to recipients of USDA's nutrition programs.

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The Franklin Police Department is launching a “Safe Streets” campaign Aug. 17 through Aug. 31. Officers from surrounding jurisdictions will participate in several safety checkpoints and saturation patrols this coming weekend. Officers will be aggressively looking for speeders, aggressive drivers and drunk drivers.

With this weekend’s upcoming motorcycle rally Franklin will likely see an increase in motorcycle traffic on its roadways. Motorists should be aware that motorcycles are more difficult to notice than a car or truck so are advised to look twice before changing lanes, entering a roadway, and traveling through an intersection. Remember to allow a greater following distance behind motorcycles; they can stop much faster than your car or truck.

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With the Macon County School District kicking off the start of the 2012-2013 school year today, Macon County officials held the opening and dedication of the brand new $14 million Iotla Valley Elementary School last Monday.

Both current and past members of the Board of Commissioners and Board of Education who have worked on the long range plan of improving the infrastructure of schools in the county since 1995, were joined by school system staff and community members for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

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