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Macon County residents and citizens from across the Western North Carolina region arrived at the Macon County Courthouse Wednesday night to offer their testimony on the proposed Duke Energy rate increases. A number of people spoke out at the judicial hearing, jumping on the opportunity to voice their concerns to Duke Energy representatives.

Last July, Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC filed an application with the North Carolina Utilities Commission requesting to increase its rates by approximately 15.2 percent. The latter percentage does not include impacts from riders and chargers that have been approved by, or are pending before the N.C. Utilities Commission. In conjunction with the riders and chargers, the rate request amounts to an approximate 17 percent increase.

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Last day for one stop voting Saturday, Nov. 5

Despite all Franklin candidates eligible for re-election running unopposed, One Stop voting began for the 2011 municipal elections last Thursday, Oct. 20.

According to Kim Bishop, Director for the Macon County Board of Elections, as of Wednesday afternoon, only one citizen had voted in Macon County.

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Diamond Falls residents seek help for subpar road.

Planning Board members met last Thursday to discuss making changes to the subdivision ordinance, a policy geared towards regulating and promoting responsible growth and development within Macon County.

Macon County adopted the original subdivision ordinance in June 2008, and since then, the ordinance has been amended on two separate occasions.

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On Wednesday, Franklin will host the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) for a public hearing regarding Duke Energy’s rate-hike request. The public hearing, which is one of five being held throughout the state, will take place at 7 pm at the Macon County Courthouse in Courtroom A. Residents from all of the western counties are strongly urged to attend the hearing, as the Macon County site is one of only two hearings which are being held in the western part of the state, the other being held in Marion on Tuesday.  

The proposed 17 percent rate increase which will be discussed on Wednesday will be in addition to a five percent rate increase on electricity statewide, which was formally approved by the NCUC on August 9 and became effective September 1. 

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Jackson authorities arrested several individuals from Graham, Haywood and Swain Counties last Wednesday on charges related to the sale of methamphetamine.

According to a Jackson County Sheriff's Office statement released on Oct. 20, county deputies received a search warrant on Oct. 19 for the residence of 38-year-old Danny William Ratliff.

At approximately 10:15 p.m., Jackson deputies and agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation executed the search warrant at Ratliff's home on 333 Barkers Creek Road in the Qualla Community of Jackson County, where they found an active methamphetamine laboratory.

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The Occupy Wall Street protest movement which began in New York City on Sept. 17 has been spreading like wildfire throughout the country. The protests reached Main Street Sylva last Saturday, a day deemed for global demonstrations urging “economic justice.”

Almost 100 citizens from Jackson, Macon, Swain, Clay, and Haywood counties, including State Representative Phil Haire, attended the rally, which was held around the fountain at the bottom of the old Jackson County Courthouse.

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Retirement party Friday, Oc. 21 at Town Hall

Patrol Officer Larry Moses will retire this October after giving 28 years of dedicated service to the Town of Franklin. Officer Moses began his career with the Town of Franklin on Oct. 3, 1983, under Chief Ernie Wright and Mayor Woodrow Reeves. He has seen many changes during his service and the most notable change being the growth of his department.

Moses began his career working with only five employees in the police station and will retire working with 18 other colleagues, which he also calls family. He remembers his time of service by sharing stories of the past and his memory of once only having three patrol cars two of which were typically out of commission. He says “we all just packed into one car to get where we needed to go.”

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Macon County Board of Commissioners are taking a closer look at enacting term limits for county advisory boards, with the intent on negating the influence of politics in how appointments and reappointments are made. Chairman Brian McClellan and Commissioner Ronnie Haven brought the idea to the board’s attention at their regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 11.

“I just don’t think it is right for someone to be serving on a board, and be eligible for reappointment, and when the make-up of the board changes they get thrown aside because of politics,” said McClellan. “I think term-limits would go a long way in preventing something like that from happening.”

Commissioners did differentiate between some advisory boards, admitting how hard it can be to get people to serve on some boards. Also, some advisory boards have a greater influence on policy decisions in comparison to others, which is why commissioners directed County Manager Jack Horton to narrow the list down for the body to examine in the future.

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President Obama flew into the Asheville Regional Airport on Monday for his first stop on a three-day tour of North Carolina and Virginia to promote the American Jobs Act, which he believes will get America back on track during a time when most citizens can't afford to wait. 

After Air Force One landed, President Obama was greeted by Asheville Mayor, Terry Bellamy and North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan. “President Obama's visits helps the economic development opportunities in our community,” said Mayor Bellamy. “We saw an increase in the number of people in restaurants and the downtown area. In the past, because of his visits, more people have come to Asheville which has helped small businesses related to tourism.”

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The Franklin Tourism Development Authority (TDA) unanimously voted to recommend local businesswoman Karen Bacon as its next TDA member to the Town of Franklin. If appointed, Bacon would fill the final seat in the TDA, representing another business that is “tourist related.”

Bacon, owner and operator of Macon Furniture Mart, Buck’s Furniture and Karen & Co. Boutique, was approved for recommendation after she was asked by TDA members last month whether she had an interest in joining. Bacon did not wish to indicate which TDA member asked her to join.

“I’ve been in business for 24 years and I know a lot about the things that are going on in this town,” said Bacon, conveying an interest in overseeing the promotion of tourism in Franklin. “I really want to see the town grow.”

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