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A Macon County couple was discovered dead by their family when they returned home last Thursday evening in a case that investigators are referring to as an alleged murder-suicide.

Emergency dispatchers received a phone call last Thursday evening, Feb. 2, from the address of 909 Little Hogback Mountain Lane in Highlands. The caller, who identified himself as the couples son-in-law, told dispatchers that he had discovered his inlaws, Kenneth and Fran Simmons, along with the family dog, dead in their home from apparent gunshot wounds. The caller believed his mother-in-law had shot Mr. Kenneth Simmons and the dog, and later killed herself.

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The owners of several towing companies came together during February’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Town of Aldermen to lodge a formal complaint with both Town and County officials regarding the wrecker service rotation used to respond to traffic accidents throughout Franklin.

“Tonight we would like to bring to your attention the ongoing situation regarding how towing companies are dispatched when there is an accident inside the city limits of Franklin,” said Lloyd Cox, Owner of Ambassador Auto in Franklin. Cox was one of two men who addressed the Town Board on behalf of the majority of towing companies operating in Franklin.

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During Monday night's meeting of the Franklin Board of Aldermen, Town Manager Sam Greenwood announced that the Town of Franklin has selected a replacement for Police Chief Terry Bradley.

Bradley announced last October that after 25 years of service to Macon County, he would retire effective March 1, 2012. Shortly after his announcement, Ashley Hyder, Human Resources Officer for the Town began searching for Bradley’s replacement. “The Town is excited that we have been fortunate to have several highly trained and educated candidates, and we feel that we have selected a Chief that will serve our community very well and will bring great value to the Town of Franklin,” said Hyder.

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A public hearing regarding recommended changes to the county’s planning board is scheduled on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Macon County Commissioners will decide on enacting retroactive term limits to the planning board, among other proposed amendments to the board, after the public hearing session. Commissioner Ron Haven proposed enacting term limits of two consecutive three-year terms, retroactively, to the planning board at last month’s continuation meeting on Jan. 14.

According to county attorney Chester Jones, the public hearing session will also encompass the county’s landslide hazard maps.

 

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Great-aunt arrested for murder of 15-month-old niece.

A little more than a year after the death of 15-month-old Aubrey Littlejohn, an arrest was made on Friday, Feb. 3, by the Swain County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the District Attorney’s office, Ladybird Powell, Aubrey's great aunt, was arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder, two counts of felony child abuse, kidnapping, extortion, and possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

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Congratulations to Larry Rogers from Lamplighter Realty who was voted by his peers as the 2011 Realtor of the Year. This designation is given to the Realtor who exemplifies professionalism and support for his Fellow Realtors.

Voted for induction into the Realtors Foundation were Jamie Stamey and Deanna Stager of Unique Properties and Hubert Hendrie of Carolina Mountain Properties. This award is given to Realtors who have been in the Franklin Board of Realtors for 15 years or more and are well respected by their fellow Agents for their service.

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Republican candidates and Republicans from throughout Jackson County joined Jackson County GOP Officers and Executive Committee members in officially opening the group’s new North Jackson County GOP Headquarters located at 58 D Sunrise Park Dr. in Sylva, a retail complex opposite the intersection of Highway 107 and the Asheville Highway. For easy recognition of the location very visible signage has been installed however a sign in keeping with those found on other businesses in the complex is on order according to Ralph Slaughter, Jackson County GOP Chair.

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On Wednesday, Feb 1st, Pat McCroy (left in photo) visited WNC to announce his candidacy to be Governor of North Carolina.

Pat Margo (right in photo) represented the Republican Party of Clay County and former Macon County GOP Chairman Gary Dills (center) represented the Party in Macon County.

Almost two hundred people attended the event at the Cedars in Hendersonville.

A Macon County couple was discovered dead by their family when they returned home last Thursday evening in a case that investigators are referring to as an alleged murder-suicide.

Emergency 911 dispatch received an emergency phone call last Thursday evening, Feb. 2, from the address of 909 Little Hogback Mountain Lane. The caller stated that he had discovered his in-laws, Kenneth and Fran Simmons, along with the family dog, dead in their home from apparent gunshot wounds. The caller believed his mother-in-law had shot Mr. Kenneth Simmons and the dog, and later killed herself.

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County insists on evaluating economic impact.

At their first meeting of the new year on Jan. 31, Airport Authority members agreed that keeping an accurate database of planes coming in and out of the airport is a good idea, believing it will show how valuable the facility is to the local economy. After receiving a $2.3 million grant from federal aviation funds, allocated out by the NCDOT Division of Aviation, county commissioners doled out over $200,000 to match the federal grant. The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the match, but asked Airport Authority chairman, Milles Gregory, if the Authority could keep an accurate record of the number of planes using the facility. In early January, Gregory told board members that they would be more than willing to take up the task.

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