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Dillsboro woman pleads guilty in child abuse case

A Dillsboro woman charged with felony child abuse for inflicting serious bodily harm to her step-granddaughter entered a guilty plea last Tuesday, May 8, in Jackson County Superior Court.

Lisa Plank Hart, 45, pleaded guilty to a Class C felony of child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, and faces a maximum of 228 months in jail.

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Macon County citizens headed to the polls on Tuesday and voted to run all three county commissioners up for re-election on the ballot in November. According to the unofficial results, incumbents Jimmy Tate (R- District I), Kevin Corbin (R-District II), and Bobby Kuppers (D-District III) each beat out their challengers in the primary and will run for re-election in November. Corbin and Tate will likely run unopposed.

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Each of the four alcohol related measures on the ballot in Jackson County passed, with voters coming out in favor of alcohol sales being permitted countywide, making Jackson only the third county in Western North Carolina to have countywide sales. Jackson residents voted to allow the on-premises and off-premises sale of malt beverages, unfortified wine, the operation of ABC stores and the sale of mixed beverages in hotels, restaurants, private clubs, community theaters and convention centers countywide.

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At noon on Saturday, May 4, 1957, Franklin residents gathered around their radios and turned the dial to 1050 for the very first time to listen to the launch of WFSC-AM. Last Friday, 55 years to the day that Franklin's First Voice got its start, the power switch was flipped and for the first time, the radio station could be heard from down in Clayton to Waynesville and even parts of Pigeon Forge.

Just in time to celebrate WFSCAM's 55th birthday, the radio station completed a nearly three-year process of upgrading the station’s frequency to 5,000 watts in order to provide a clearer signal to reach a wider audience.

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Apology will not be made to EBCI

The Franklin Town of Aldermen decided that no apology needed to be sent to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for the maintenance decision on the Nikwasi Indian Mound.

During Monday night’s Aldermen meeting, board member Bob Scott read a letter he had drafted apologizing to the Chief Michell Hicks of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for what he viewed as an impromptu decision to kill the grass on the mound and replant eco-grass to cut down on maintenance costs. After reading the letter to the board, Scott made a motion to send the Cherokee the formal letter, but did not receive a second vote from any of the board members, so the motion died.

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Paige Roberson to assume the position July 1.

Sylva’s Town Board named twentyfive year old Jackson County native Paige Roberson as the new town manager last Thursday.

Roberson, who currently serves as Sylva's Main Street Economic Development director and director for the Downtown Sylva Association (DSA), became an assistant to interim Town Manager Mike Morgan in April. Her first official day in her new position will be July 1.

“I am extremely grateful and humbled to be hired as the new town manager,” said Roberson. “I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the town that I grew up in and love so much.” Roberson will replace Morgan, who was hired after forced resignation of previous Town Manager Adrienne Isenhower, last September.

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A motorcycle accident occurred on the Sylva Road. at 10:34 a.m. on Wednesday. Taylor Ross Green from Nicholson, Ga. was traveling North on the Sylva Road, on his 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle, when Zona Balcom Coe from Westminister, S.C., turned in front of Green in a 2008 Ford Expedition, as she was trying to turn into Car City Mini Mart. Green hit the Expedition on the right side of the bumper causing him to crash his motorcycle. Green was transported to Mission Hospital by MAMA. Coe was charged with failure to yield. Officer Paul Bourcq of the Franklin Police Department was the investigating officer.

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REACH of Macon County gets funding match from Jackson Commissioners.

Nearly three months after REACH of Jackson County shut its doors, Jackson’s Board of Commissioners continued the discussion of the implosion.

Just before REACH closed on Feb. 9, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) put a lien on all of the organization’s property in Jackson County. The IRS did so in response to REACH’s failure to pay employee and employer payroll taxes dating back several years.

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The Macon County Commissioners and the Planning Board met at a local restaurant in Franklin last Thursday to discuss the future of planning throughout the county.

Over the past few months, Macon County’s Planning Board has fallen under scrutiny, and after a four-month hiatus from its monthly meetings, reconvened to meet with commissioners. Board of commissioner chairman Kevin Corbin began the joint meeting noting that because of the diligence on behalf of the Planning Board, Macon County is on the forefront of economic development and progress.

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U-Save-It Pharmacy victim to ‘smash and grab’ robbery

Detectives with the Franklin Police Department are investigating a break-in at the U-Save-It Pharmacy that resulted in the theft of hundreds of prescription narcotics, in what they are calling a “smash and grab” robbery.

The incident occurred at approximately 5 a.m. on Friday morning, according to Detective Tracy Chastain, at the pharmacy which is located just off of U.S. 441S. in Franklin Plaza. It has yet to be determined whether more than one person was involved in the prescription theft. While some details are scarce, Chastain confirmed on Wednesday that entry to the business was gained by smashing in the window of the front door.

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