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Emily H. Breedlove has been named Entrepreneurship Program Manager at AdvantageWest, the economic development partnership for the 23 counties of Western North Carolina.

In her new role, Breedlove will provide direction and management for the Certified Entrepreneurial Community® Program, an intensive five-step process developed by AdvantageWest as the first initiative of its type in the U.S. to certify communities as entrepreneur- ready. Currently, there are 10 communities that have completed the CEC program; several others are in various stages of completing the rigorous process, which typically takes up to two years.

Breedlove brings extensive experience to her new role. Prior to joining AdvantageWest, she created the Black Rock Company, a Macon County-based marketing and consulting company that is now being purchased by Big Boom Designs, a regional internet marketing company. She also founded the Center for New Mountain Business to provide resources for small business.

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Community leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending the Chick-fil-A Leadercast hosted by Dnet Internet Services on May 4, 2012. The event will be held at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

Chick-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day leader development event broadcast live from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including Franklin.

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The Western North Carolina Alliance turns 30 this year and is marking this milestone with a public celebration set for 6:30-9 p.m. March 1 at the First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St., in Asheville.

The evening will be a joint celebration to kick-off our anniversary events, as well as the release of a book by Mars Hill history professor Kathy Newfont, entitled, “Blue Ridge Commons: Environmental Activism and Forest History in Western North Carolina.” The book features a few chapters on the Alliance’s history, as well as photos from our archives.

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After months of back and forth between Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman and members of the Board of Education, a hybrid version of intersession will be held throughout the district next week.

After the Fall intersession members of the board and community members raised concerns surrounding the cost efficiency of the week-long educational enrichment attempt, and board members requested a detailed cost analysis of the Fall intersession in order to better assess steps that could be taken to save the district money in the Spring.

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Informational meeting held at town hall

Scott and Sylvia Cochran, promoters of the Smoky Mountain Rumble biker rally set to take place in downtown Franklin this August, visited Town Hall last Thursday, Feb. 23, to discuss their promotion of the event and what residents and local business leaders can expect when a barrage of motorcycles roll into town on August 17. “We’re here to put heads into beds and bring revenue to the Town of Franklin,” said Sylvia Cochran, before the pair opened the floor up for questions.

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Party leaders seek to clarify roles for election season.

On Tuesday, March 6, the Macon County Democratic Party will hold its annual precinct meetings.

All meetings are free and open to any registered Democrat residing in the precinct.

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Penland named chairman as commissioners appoint planning board members

The filing period for this election season ended yesterday, and the race for three county commission seats are set. Republican commissioner Jimmy Tate, district one, will be facing challenger Steve Higdon in the primary this May. The primary race between the two candidates will determine who will be the representative of district one for the next four years, as no Democratic challenger filed to contend for the unexpired term.

Chairman of the board and district two representative, Kevin Corbin, will be squaring off against Republican challenger Vic Drummond on the May primary ballot. Like the district one race, the winner of the district two primary race will hold the commission seat for the next four years, as no Democrat filed to compete in the race. Drummond filed to run on the last filing day on Feb. 29.

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I am registered unaffiliated. May I vote in a primary election?

Yes.

Can Unaffiliated voters vote in any Party primary?

The Democrat and Republican parties allow unaffiliated voters to vote in their Party Primary Elections. The Unaffiliated Voter may choose one party's ballot or they may choose to vote a Non-Partisan Ballot. Voting a party ballot will not change the voter’s party affiliation.

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EMS crews were called to the scene of a vehicle that crashed into the Cullasaja River at 51 Haven Meadow Ln. on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Tracy Thompson, of Franklin, who was helping out the owner of the car, attempted to crank the Jeep Liberty, but was not accustomed to a stick shift. The vehicle began to roll toward the river taking a fence and a bench with it.

As the vehicle got closer to the river, Thompson jumped out in order to avoid taking a cold swim.

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Could be applied to all advisory boards

Macon County Commissioners recently adopted a code of conduct policy for planning board members to adhere to – a policy aimed at squelching political animosities between planning board members – with the intent on making the advisory board more effective and less controversial. The standards of conduct applies exclusively to the planning board, and contains 17 different sets of criteria newly appointed planning board members must abide by. Anyone wanting to volunteer on the planning board must sign the standards of conduct before being appointed by the Board of Commissioners.

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