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Senator Davis says no way.

First-term North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue (Democrat), who announced last week that she will not seek a second term in office, recently proposed a 3/4 cent sales tax increase in order to prevent deeper cuts to public schools for the 2012/13 fiscal year. A one cent sales tax hike was previously enacted by the 2009-2010 General Assembly as a way to offset declining revenues caused by the Great Recession. The GOP campaigned on killing the tax increase during the 2010 electoral season, and eventually swept into office for the first time in more than a century.

 

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Emergency personnel responded to a single-vehicle accident involving a 2001 Nissan Quest minivan at approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The accident occurred on the Highway 23 Bypass in Franklin.

According to authorities, the Nissan Quest was traveling south, and for unknown reasons the driver lost control of the vehicle, ran across the median into oncoming traffic and rolled at least three times.

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After a lengthy debate over whether or not to postpone the county’s revaluation, Jackson County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution on Jan. 17 to delay the process until 2016, instead of the scheduled 2013 date. Jackson is just the latest WNC county that has followed the trend across the state to push back property revaluations until the real estate market improves.

The county’s tax administrator/assessor, Bobby McMahan, advised board members to postpone the revaluation date during the county’s Jan. 13 work session, citing a lack of comp data (comparable home prices in a localized area) and an insufficient amount of time to complete the study...

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Adds 22 new guestrooms and additional outdoor heated mineral pool

Old Edwards Inn and Spa announces the addition of 22 new guestrooms and an outdoor heated mineral pool to meet the growing demand for accommodations. The Forbes Four-Star property broke ground on the project Nov. 7,. Scheduled for completion the first quarter of 2013, the addition will bring the hotel’s room count to 90. The new mineral pool will be the third at the resort; the second pool was completed in 2009 as part of the Old Edwards Club golf addition.

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Brittney Parker – Staff Writer The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen have requested that the ABC Committee identify three possible locations for the Town's ABC store to relocate to before they make a decision on whether or not to renew the current store’s lease.

For the past 17 years, the store has been leasing a 6,500 square foot space from Macon Plaza for approximately $6,069.76 per month. In December, Todd Mason, ABC store manager, informed the Town Aldermen that Centro Properties Group (the firm responsible for managing the plaza) proposed raising the monthly rent by 10 percent when the store's lease is up next November.

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) configured a contract in June of 2010 to implement improvements along a two-and-a-half mile stretch of NC Hwy 28, and since that time, the project has seen only minor revisions, according to reports from the NCDOT. The state DOT website reveals that the project is fifty percent complete and is on schedule to conclude this November, which is close to the originally planned completion date.

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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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