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Great-aunt arrested for murder of 15-month-old niece.

A little more than a year after the death of 15-month-old Aubrey Littlejohn, an arrest was made on Friday, Feb. 3, by the Swain County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the District Attorney’s office, Ladybird Powell, Aubrey's great aunt, was arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder, two counts of felony child abuse, kidnapping, extortion, and possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

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Congratulations to Larry Rogers from Lamplighter Realty who was voted by his peers as the 2011 Realtor of the Year. This designation is given to the Realtor who exemplifies professionalism and support for his Fellow Realtors.

Voted for induction into the Realtors Foundation were Jamie Stamey and Deanna Stager of Unique Properties and Hubert Hendrie of Carolina Mountain Properties. This award is given to Realtors who have been in the Franklin Board of Realtors for 15 years or more and are well respected by their fellow Agents for their service.

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Republican candidates and Republicans from throughout Jackson County joined Jackson County GOP Officers and Executive Committee members in officially opening the group’s new North Jackson County GOP Headquarters located at 58 D Sunrise Park Dr. in Sylva, a retail complex opposite the intersection of Highway 107 and the Asheville Highway. For easy recognition of the location very visible signage has been installed however a sign in keeping with those found on other businesses in the complex is on order according to Ralph Slaughter, Jackson County GOP Chair.

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On Wednesday, Feb 1st, Pat McCroy (left in photo) visited WNC to announce his candidacy to be Governor of North Carolina.

Pat Margo (right in photo) represented the Republican Party of Clay County and former Macon County GOP Chairman Gary Dills (center) represented the Party in Macon County.

Almost two hundred people attended the event at the Cedars in Hendersonville.

A Macon County couple was discovered dead by their family when they returned home last Thursday evening in a case that investigators are referring to as an alleged murder-suicide.

Emergency 911 dispatch received an emergency phone call last Thursday evening, Feb. 2, from the address of 909 Little Hogback Mountain Lane. The caller stated that he had discovered his in-laws, Kenneth and Fran Simmons, along with the family dog, dead in their home from apparent gunshot wounds. The caller believed his mother-in-law had shot Mr. Kenneth Simmons and the dog, and later killed herself.

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County insists on evaluating economic impact.

At their first meeting of the new year on Jan. 31, Airport Authority members agreed that keeping an accurate database of planes coming in and out of the airport is a good idea, believing it will show how valuable the facility is to the local economy. After receiving a $2.3 million grant from federal aviation funds, allocated out by the NCDOT Division of Aviation, county commissioners doled out over $200,000 to match the federal grant. The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the match, but asked Airport Authority chairman, Milles Gregory, if the Authority could keep an accurate record of the number of planes using the facility. In early January, Gregory told board members that they would be more than willing to take up the task.

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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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