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Jackie Downs rides the cherry picker to hang the snowflake lights on poles around Franklin. Wreaths and bows have gone up downtown and the tree will go up later this week in time for the tree lighting ceremony on the square in downtown Franklin on Friday.

See a full slate of Christmas activities after the jump and see the holiday calendar of events in our pull-out Christmas Gift Guide in the center of this week's issue.

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The Macon County Sheriff’s Office has issued a statement regarding an incident which occurred at Macon Middle School Friday morning.

Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland states that, “At no time was any student or any other person in any danger.”

A student told another student that he/she had found what he/she believed to be a “pipe bomb” and this was subsequently reported to school personnel. The Sheriff’s Office and other first responders were notified and initiated an investigation. The initial information available did not indicate that any device was on school property. However in an abundance of caution, a portion of the campus was treated as a crime scene and thoroughly searched by deputies and no explosive device was discovered.

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A Burningtown family is mourning the loss of 30-yearold Cy Levi Fouts after a family dispute lead to his death Tuesday evening. According to police reports, the Macon County Sheriff's office responded to a 911 call a little after 6 p.m. on Tuesday from Cecelia Carpenter who advised police that Cy Levi Fouts had been arguing with his father, Ricky Fouts, 52, throughout the day and police intervention was needed.

According to police reports, Carpenter called and advised that Ricky and Levi were intoxicated and had been fighting with each other all day. Carpenter advised that Levi had called her to inform her of the confrontation. According to the 911 transcripts, Carpenter said that Ricky had threatened Levi earlier Tuesday with a gun and had even fired the gun at Levi last week.

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Old Parker Meadows golf course site of proposed park.

After identifying a need in the community and a way to bring economic advancement to Macon County, the board of commissioners unanimously approved moving ahead with plans to purchase the old Parker Meadows golf course and transform it into a new state-of-the-art recreation complex.

The plan for a new recreation complex is not a new one, but has been in the backs of minds of county leaders for years.

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Franklin Mayor Joe Collins joined the Franklin Noon Day Rotary in honoring lifelong Macon County resident and businessman J.C. Jacobs on Wednesday afternoon for Jacobs’ dedication and service to the Macon County community.

“Part of the vocational service this year is to honor business men and women who have contributed to our town and community while operating their business,” said Bill McGaha, Vocational Service Director for Rotary.

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Regional merchants gathered last weekend at the community building on Hwy. 441 S. for the Gem Capitol Shows gun show.

The next Gun Show will be held in Murphy, N.C. Dec. 1 and 2.

 

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During a special called meeting of the Macon County Board of Education last Thursday, the board announced that Franklin High School Principal Dr. Chris Baldwin has be named the next superintendent for the school district.

Baldwin said he was humbled by the opportunity and excited to have the chance to serve.

“It’s a great responsibility,” said Baldwin. “I pledge to do my very best for our students and our schools, because there is no better school system, or better place to live than Macon County. I thank the school board for their confidence in me.”

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With budget cuts across every level and in every department in state and federal government, the federal allotment for heating assistance is one of the many things that have become scarce for those in need.

According to Shania Adkins, Executive Director for CareNet, after four days of taking applications, more than half of the federal funds available for heating assistance to Maconians is gone.

“We started taking applications on Nov. 1 and after two days we had received 121 applications and allocated out $44,000,” said Adkins, who has been the director for CareNet only since June. “The latest numbers show that after four days and 174 applications, we have used $59,000 of the $99,000 available.

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Business owners scold town for lack of communication.

Main Street business owners approached the Franklin aldermen Monday night to share their discontent with the lack of communication between town officials and downtown merchants.

The frustration of several downtown businesses stems from a push and shove with town officials regarding the monthly Street- Fest events hosted by Venture Local Franklin and Streets of Franklin. To date, four Street- Fests have been successfully executed on Main Street, without any help or support from town officials. “Four StreetFests were planned, one each month from July to October, the first three bringing approximately 600 people downtown each time,” said Martha Holbrook, owner of Rosebud Cottage. “There was a comfortable, friendly, relaxed hometown atmosphere. Many said they ran into old friends and simply enjoyed browsing through the shops, stopping for food, enjoying the different styles of music played and the dance groups that performed.”

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An Otto couple facing the charge of first degree murder for the death of their son was granted bail last week.

At the October 29 session of Macon County Superior Court, judge Charles Ginn gave Frank Kelly Pruitt, 62, and his wife, Kathy Paulette Pruitt, 53, both $100,000 secured bonds. Should the defendants make bond, they are to have no contact with the victim’s family, and will be required to wear GPS ankle bracelets so their whereabouts are known to authorities.

On July 8, Robert Pruitt, 34, was shot at a residence on Coweeta Lab Road. His parents, Frank and Kathy, have been charged with their son’s first degree murder. Around the time of the incident, Frank Pruitt had called 9-1-1and declared to dispatch that he was going to shoot his son on the grounds that he was armed and drunk. Subsequent toxicology reports prove however that the son did not have alcohol in his system at the time of his death.

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