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Newsmakers & Top Headlines of the Year (continued from the Jan. 5th issue)

July

The Macon County Board of Commissioners appointed school board member Gary Shields to fill a vacancy on the Southwestern Community College’s Board of Trustees in July.

Shields, former principal of Franklin High School, was appointed to complete the term of Charles Leatherman, who resigned from the SCC board effective June 1. Shields’ term is set to expire on June 30, 2012.

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The Macon County Board of Commissioners recognized county employees for their service and dedication at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Once a year, commissioners host a reception in honor of employees reaching the 10, 15, 20 and 25 year mark in their career with the county.

Each employee received special recognition before the monthly board meeting and were presented with a pin and a plaque to commemorate their accomplishments.

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The Town of Franklin hopes to be able to announce the new Police Chief by the first of February, said Ashley Hyder, human resource officer for the Town.

The search to replace Chief Terry Bradley after he announced his retirement back in September began on Oct. 1. After 25 years of service to Macon County and 18 years as Franklin’s Police Chief, Terry Bradley announced that his last day with the Town will be on Jan. 27, 2012.

“I have had a wonderful career,” said Bradley. “The citizens of Franklin and of Macon County are great people to have served, and it has been a pleasure serving them.”

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Two weeks after receiving notification of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant, the Macon County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved of the designated 10 percent grant match of $232,634 during its regular scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10. In order to receive the grant, given and allocated out by the NCDOT Division of Aviation, Macon County and the state each had to pitch in 10 percent of the total project cost of $2,326,340. The grant match will be appropriated from the county’s fund balance.

The size of the grant is warranted due to the fact that the parking apron has not seen any improvements since the 1970s, according to officials with the Division of Aviation and Milles Gregory, chairman of Macon County’s Airport Authority.

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The Macon County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Lawrenceville, Georgia couple on Dec. 29 for drug trafficking charges. According to a report filed by Sheriff deputy Robert Rovegno, Lee Winston Cabe, 40, was charged with trafficking opium, simple possession of a scheduled IV controlled substance, possession of a concealed weapon, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cabe’s secured bond was set at $12,000.

Rovegno also arrested Charlotte Ordway Cabe, 59, for trafficking opium, simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her secured bond was set at $10,000. Both suspects have been released from the Macon County Detention Center.

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Newsmakers & Top Headlines of the Year

2011 was certainly an eventful year — internationally, nationally, and locally. From the Japanese tsunami to the death of Osama bin Laden and the advent of the Arab Spring, events around the world sparked triumph and tragedy.

There were at least 12 natural disasters, and several unnatural ones in America and throughout the globe that resulted in devastating loss of life and crippling financial losses. Bin Laden’s death at the hands of Seal Team six ignited huge celebrations throughout the United States, and successfully concluded the decade-long manhunt for the world’s most wanted person.

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Transport program made New Year’s Eve safer.

For its third consecutive year, sheriff’s deputies in Macon County kept roads safer during the New Year for Operation Think Twice.

With no questions asked, party-goers were given rides by deputies after calling the Macon County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) to request a ride home. “Think Twice,” a local initiative seeking to lower the rate of drinking and driving during the New Year’s celebrations, has seen moderate success in recent years. From 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 6 a.m. on Jan. 1, the public was encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office to request a ride.

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) Division of Aviation recently approved of a $2.09 million grant award for Macon County’s Airport, with the federal monies going towards the reconstruction and repaving of the airport’s parking apron. According to Milles Gregory, chairperson of Macon County’s airport authority, the airport’s current parking apron “is in shambles” and the project is “long overdue.”

“We are really glad to receive the news and I think this project will do a lot of good in making our airport much better in the future,” said Gregory.

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Concerned citizen identifies perpetrator

After months of investigation, authorities from Buncombe County have apprehended a Franklin man suspected of robbing a bank in Asheville.

Brian Keith Leonhart, 32, was arrested on Dec. 29 at his residence on Cook Street in Franklin, by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office. Leonhart was arrested for robbery with a dangerous weapon, after detectives with the Asheville Police Department obtained a warrant for his arrest.

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Franklin’s Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to approve the purchase of 12 Samsung Galaxy Tablets. The tablets, which will be provided to each member of the board along with Kevin McGonigal, the Town's IT Administrator, Town Manager Sam Greenwood, Assistant to the Manager, Summer Woodard, Town Clerk, Janet Anderson and Town Planner Mike Grubermann.

During Monday night's meeting, under the recommendations of McGonigal, the board approved to initially purchase 12 tablets. Greenwood suggested for the town to consider purchasing more tablets in the future in order to supply each department head with one.

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