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On January 19th, 2012 the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office competed in the 2012 N.C. D.A.R.E Officers Association Conference car show in Wilmington, N.C.

D.A.R.E Officer Sgt. Johnny Hollifield attended the conference as well as 60+ D.A.R.E. Officers from all across the state of North Carolina to receive training in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education curriculum as well as related topics. Among the week’s events was a D.A.R.E. car show. The cars entered were voted on by other officers and we are proud to announce that Jackson County Sheriff took 1st place.

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On January 23, 2012, deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspects and charged them with multiple charges after determining they had in their possession stolen items from a construction site in Waynesville and stolen items from the HUB (Jackson County School of Alternatives). Reports were filed on Monday morning about a breaking and entering and larceny that had occurred over the weekend at the HUB. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the suspects on the evening of January 23, 2012 and found items that were stolen from the two mentioned locations.

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any suspect involved in a recent string of vehicle break-ins and related larcenies in Jackson County.

Areas that were primarily targeted were in the Savannah Community.

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In a continuation meeting held on Saturday, Jan. 14, county commissioners convened at Southwestern Community College’s Cecil Groves Building to discuss their goals for 2012. Commissioners also took steps to begin reviewing how the planning board operates.

The controversy surrounding the planning board stems from heated debates among planning board members on proposed steep slope regulations. That particular debate, which is still ongoing, has been cumbersome and controversial. After months of wrangling over the issue, the planning board decided to hold off on submitting a drafted steep slope ordinance to the board last year, and moved on to other issues where they could reach a consensus.

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Commissioners ask NCDOT to clarify McCoy Bridge offer

The decade-long debate surrounding the McCoy Bridge controversy seems to be drawing to a close. The compromise worked out between the board and the NCDOT will likely be realized at some point this year, based on the board’s conversation about the latest NCDOT proposal at their meeting in early January. The letter, written by DOT construction engineer, Brian C. Burch, to county manager Jack Horton suggests that state transportation officials will agree to last year’s compromise.

 

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When the Macon County Board of Commissioners met last Saturday at the Cecil Groves Building at Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus, they talked about the county’s finances and their concerns looking ahead to this year.

One major issue, brought to the board’s attention by county manager Jack Horton, was funding for Macon County Schools (MCS). Normally, the county designates approximately 50 percent of its general fund budget to MCS, and for this fiscal year, the county budgeted about $6.7 million. However, as many citizens are well aware of, these are not “normal” economic times. Nearly two million dollars worth of federal funds used in the past several years by MCS will have dried up by the end of 2012, and with a $459 million K-12 education reduction in last year’s state budget, Macon County School Board officials may have to ask the county to ante up some more funds going into the next school year.

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On Monday night, at 8:56, a call came into dispatch that a car had rolled into the Little Tennessee River on the Greenway, at 730 Riverview St. Tony Ashe, from the Franklin Police Department, was called to investigate. He determined that the car accidently rolled into the river and no charges were filed. George Bell, the driver of the 2001 Pontiac Firebird, said he thought he had a flat tire so he stopped to investigate at the top of an access road that leads down to the Greenway.

Willard Mason, of Franklin, a passenger in the car, got out and then Bell followed. After the two left the vehicle, the car began to roll down the hill, striking Mason on the leg and foot. Mason was treated by Macon County EMS officials and transported to Angel Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

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On Saturday, January 14th, the Macon County GOP held a general meeting and "Meet & Greet" for members and congressional candidates. The event was held at the Boiler Room in Franklin. Six of the eight Republican congressional candidates attended (Spence Campbell, Dan Eichenbaum, Jeff Hunt, Vance Patterson, Chris Petrella, and Kenny West).Jim Clayton attended on behalf of Mark Meadows. Phil Drake delivered a very moving invocation and GOP member Grace Johnson, who led the Pledge of Allegiance, was recognized for her twenty-four years of service in the Army Nurse Corps, retiring as a Lt. Colonel(entered service in 1968).

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Dan Forest is a candidate for Lt. Governor of North Carolina. A strong fiscal and social conservative, Forest has over 23 years of experience as a business leader, architect and entrepreneur.

He is a former Senior Partner with one of North Carolina’s largest Architectural firms – Little Diversified Architectural Consulting – having served as President of the firm’s Durham office.

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Benji Lafamm, owner of Cullasaja Campground, lost control of his 2008 Toyota last Friday and struck the side of the campground’s office.

Lafamm struck a row of mailboxes before crashing into the building. He was airlifted to Mission Hospital in Asheville to be treated for internal injuries.

 

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