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When we think of solicitors, often we think of phone numbers popping up on our caller I.D. that are usually unrecognizable and therefore receive none of our attention as we push the ignore button. If only it were that simple when the solicitor is approaching your car as you sit at a stop light in the Franklin city limits trying not to make eye contact as he or she extends a bucket for your donation, and you hope the light turns green quickly.

This may not be an overwhelming issue in Franklin, but none the less there are moments throughout the year where individuals soliciting funds for their chosen cause may be out in force and in response, town officials may look to form some guidelines for these groups or individuals to follow.

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Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Investigators were able to make several charges on individuals in regards to property crimes in the Glenville and Cashiers area of Jackson County which have occurred over the past month. Some individuals have been charged and arrested. Others still have outstanding warrants.

For those with outstanding warrants noted below, please contact Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Crimestoppers at (828) 631-1125 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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The Highway Patrol ended its Operation Slow Down campaign on Sunday, March 31. The campaign which began on Monday, March 25, was focused on reducing speed related collisions on North Carolina highways. The campaign was conducted in combination with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program No Need to Speed campaign.

Speed remains the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in North Carolina as well as across the country. Last year the Highway Patrol investigated 1,801 fatal collisions on North Carolina. Of those, 245 deaths were contributed to speed, compared to 244 deaths in 2011.

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The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen held its monthly meeting Monday night to discuss a variety of different issues ranging from a rezoning issue to a number of proclamations and ending with discussion of some legal issues that the board hopes to resolve.

Re-zoning petition for Pauline Avenue

Property owners brought forth a request for the re-zoning of three parcels of land located off of Pauline Avenue totalling 13.47 acres. The properties are owned by Gary and Edith Holland and their former daughter-in-law, Natasha Tallent. The request before the board was to rezone the residential area from an R-1 to an R-2.

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If the key to finding a job is networking, don’t miss Southwestern Community College’s Job Fair Thursday, April 4, on the Jackson campus. More than 50 employers will be represented at the free event that will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Burrell Building Conference Center.

“This is a unique opportunity for job seekers in the community because we are bringing all these employers together in one location,” said organizer Patty Kirkley, SCC Career Planning and Placement Coordinator. “If you want to know more about several employers, this will be your one-stop shop. We’ve done all the leg work to bring them together for you.

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Reception held to offer best wishes on his retirement.

The Town of Franklin hosted a reception last Friday for the retiring Town Manager Sam Greenwood.

Greenwood has been Franklin's Town Manager since 2008 when Franklin began to use a council-manager form of government. In a council-manager form of government, the manager works at the will of the elected aldermen.

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On Tuesday afternoon, the Macon County Sheriff's Office assisted local agencies in a high-speed chase that started in South Carolina, moved into Georgia, and ended with a crash at the Macon County Recreation Park.

According to Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland, the suspect was driving a stolen 2000 Lincoln Town Car. The suspect, Jeffrey Bryant Davis of Williamston, S.C., caused a MCSO's Deputy to drive his patrol car into an embankment in front of Huddle House in order to avoid hitting an innocent motorist.

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The Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Highlands Police Department and Franklin Police Department will participate in Operation Medicine Drop on Saturday, March 23. Operation Medicine Drop is a partnership of Safe Kids North Carolina, N.C .State Bureau of Investigation, the Riverkeepers of North Carolina, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of North Carolina and local law enforcement agencies, working together to encourage the public to safely dispose of unused and unwanted medication.

Operation Medicine Drop helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse while protecting our waters. Since 2010, more than 30 million dosages have been collected just during OMD events. North Carolina will hold its fourth annual Operation Medicine Drop March 17-23, to coincide with National Poison Prevention Week. For more information visit www.ncsafekids.org or call (828)349-2075.

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During their regularly scheduled monthly meeting Tuesday night, Macon County Commissioners voted to appoint a Board of Directors to oversee the historic Cowee School project.

County Commissioner Ronnie Beale has been acting as a liaison to the project and informed the board the he considered the community input as well as the advice of County Commissioner Paul Higdon, who represents the Cowee district, when looking for individuals to serve on the board.

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Macon County District Court dismissed charges regarding alleged communicating threats against Macon County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Detective Amy Stewart last Thursday. Court documents signed by prosecutor James H. Moore Jr., show the two criminal cases against Stewart were both dismissed.

The case involving alleged threats made via social media from Stewart toward a Franklin High School student were dismissed because “mediation successful.”

The second case involving Stewart and Macon County Schools' employee Anna Shields was dropped citing, “there is insufficient evidence to warrant prosecution for the following reasons; the statements and actions of the defendant do not constitute a threat as defined by law.”

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