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Petition involving Macon County School District calendar

The lawsuit involving the Macon County School System that was filed earlier this summer by the non-profit organization, Save Our Summers—North Carolina (SOSNC) and Macon County parent, Sabrina Hawkins, was withdrawn on Monday.

According to Macon County Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman, now that the petition has been withdrawn, the school system can shift its focus to better educate the children within the county. “We are relieved that we can continue focusing on teaching and are able to save the money that we would have had to spend on legal counsel to better serve our students,” said Brigman.

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The Highway Patrol ended its “Operation Stop Arm” campaign on Friday, Oct. 21. The campaign which began on Monday, Oct. 17, was focused on promoting traffic safety around North Carolina schools, school buses and school bus stops. During the week long campaign, troopers across the state looked for violations in and near school zones as well as followed school buses looking for motorists who failed to stop for the school bus stop arm law. Troopers drove marked and unmarked patrol cars during the operation.

During the week-long enforcement campaign, troopers followed more than 950 school buses across the state to remind motorists of the dangers that exist in and around school buses and school zones. Troopers issued numerous citations to motorists who failed to stop for a school bus.

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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 obtained 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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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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