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At Monday night's Board of Aldermen meeting, Interim Town Manager Summer Wooodard was unanimously chosen by the board to continue leading the town in its dayto- day operations as Town Manager.

Proving that hard work pays off, Woodard will take over the role that Warren Cabe left vacant back in April of this year. She had temporarily stepped into the role until the board was able to select a new manager.

“I could never express the amount of gratitude I have towards the Town Board for allowing me the opportunity to serve as the Town of Franklin Manager,” said Woodard. “It is truly an honor to serve my hometown. My roots are here. The issues that our town and the citizens of Franklin face affect us all. I want the citizens to know that they have someone to come to and express their concerns because I, too, have a vested interest in our hometown.”

 

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In April, Hospice House Foundation of Western North Carolina president Michele Alderson approached the Franklin Board of Aldermen with an important request. Alderson was seeking their support in the pursuit of a $100,000 grant originating from the N.C. Department of Commerce.

A stipulation of the building reuse grant is that a government entity must make the request and the organization who is awarded the grant must create a certain number of jobs.

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Starting yesterday (Wednesday), film crews flooded into Macon County and closed down some streets in town for the filming of a movie garnering national buzz. Although the movie has no official title, it is being deemed “Loomis Fargo,” and is currently being filmed all over Western North Carolina.

The film’s location manager, Tom Parrish, contacted the Town of Franklin last week to inform them that letters had been sent out to residents around the Green Street area of Franklin informing them of the film’s production this week.

Newly hired Town Manager Summer Woodard confirmed Wednesday morning that both she and Mayor Bob Scott were informed that the movie would be shooting scenes in Franklin this week and would need the aid of Franklin Police Department to mark of streets during filming.

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Officials are in communication with Eastern Band.

The Parker Meadows recreation complex project hit a road bump last week. While grading a section of the property that is expected to eventually be the outfield of one of the ball fields, human remains were uncovered in what appeared to be a gravesite.

Macon County Recreation Director Seth Adams explained that what appeared to be teeth were found around some dark spots in an oval shape that was assumed to be a gravesite. Macon officials anticipated something similar happening and took precautions by hiring an archeologist to be on site during the grading portion of areas previously identified as possible locations for artifacts or remains.

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Tragedy struck the Western Carolina University community over the Fourth of July holiday weekend when a newly enrolled student drowned at a local swimming hole.

Shortly after 2 p.m. on July 5, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a possible drowning in the Tuckasegee River near the East La Port Recreation Park in Cullowhee. According to Jackson County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Chip Hall, 18-year-old Timothy Michael Adams was pulled from the river by friends.

When the Sheriff’s Office arrived, Cullowhee Fire Department, MedWest EMS, and the Jackson County Rescue Squad were already at the scene providing aid to Adams. The victim was transported to Med West Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Adams was from Wake Forest, N.C., and had just enrolled at WCU on July 2, three days before his death. Adams, who was a standout high school athlete had declared Sports Management as his major at WCU.

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Republican Jackson County Sheriff Candidates Curtis Lambert and Jimmy Hodgins will be heading into the primary runoff election on Tuesday, July 15. The winner of the runoff election will run against Democrat Chip Hall in the November election who secured his place on the November ticket with 1,559 votes.

During the May primary election, nine candidates filed to run for sheriff including three Republican candidates who were vying for the seat left vacant after long-time Sheriff Jimmy Ashe announced he would not be seeking re-election this November.

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Cooler temperatures predicted for the 4th of July Weekend

The Macon County recreation park pool was the place to be this week as temperatures hovered around the 90 degree mark.

Forecasters predict cooler temperatures for the 4th of July weekend.

Photo by Vickie Carpenter

 

 

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Pending contracts await commission approval.

As soon as Macon County officials get word from the Local Government Commission in the next week or so, they can begin fast tracking work on the county’s new recreational complex. Although awaiting final approval from the LGC is slowing things down a bit, commissioners have moved forward with grading work needed for Phase 1 of the project.

After Macon County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the Parker Meadows site work construction bid to Penland Contracting Company, Inc. last month, Lewis Penland and his team quickly got to work grading and preparing the property for construction.

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The Macon County Airport Authority held its monthly meeting on Tuesday afternoon. While some of the members were absent as a result of other obligations, one seat was left vacant by the late Harold Corbin.

“Harold was a long time member of the airport authority,” said Chairman Milles Gregory. “We'll certainly miss him. He was a very passionate supporter of the airport and was always willing to do whatever he could to help us do what needed to be done down here.”

The board will need to fill the void left by Corbin's passing and intends to submit a recommendation to the board of commissioners at next month's commissioner meeting.

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Article prompts inquiries from across the country.

Sylva garnered national attention recently when Where to Retire, a magazine focused on helping people decide where to relocate during their retirement, named the small Jackson County town as one of the top retirement destination in the country.

Julie Spiro, director of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, said that since the magazine’s publication, the chamber has received calls from people all over the country wanting more information about Sylva.

To date, the chamber has received almost a hundred calls in response to the magazine article. “All 91 calls are requesting information on Sylva and relocating to Jackson County,” said Spiro. “We have had inquiries from more than 14 different states including California, Florida, Virginia, New Mexico and from as far away as Ontario, Canada.”

For everyone who called the chamber in response to the article, Spiro and her team mailed out relocation packages with information about the town and surrounding area. “The package contains: the Chamber's relocation and community magazine, Our Town,” said Spiro. “This is a comprehensive 40-page magazine about the entire county, with insets about each township including Sylva.”

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