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The Tourism Development Authority (TDA) of Franklin recently held its monthly meeting on Monday at the Boiler Room.

Biker rally advertisements in sight

Authority members unanimously voted to award a grant to Sylvia Cochran, president of U.S. Rider News and national editor for U.S. Rider News, a motorcycle enthusiast publication. Cochran organizes several motorcycle rallies around the country, including the annual Reunion Run in Helen, Ga., held in the first week of June. The Helen event is now in its 11th year. Cochran’s request was for $4,000, which would pay for promotional expenses. The TDA sponsored Biker Rally event is scheduled for August 27-29 of next year.

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For new recipients of Social Security, other federal benefits

Plan estimated to save taxpayers $1 billion

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is retiring the paper Social Security check for millions of baby boomers and others applying for federal benefits, a move that will save taxpayers $1 billion over the next 10 years. Beginning May 1, 2011, anyone newly applying for Social Security, Veterans Affairs or other federal benefits will need to choose an electronic payment method – paper checks will no longer be an option. People currently receiving their federal benefits by paper check must switch to direct deposit by March 1, 2013.

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has recently charged seven individuals for larcenies which involved removing telephone lines from their poles. The individuals have been linked with four separate occurrences where telephone lines were taken, stripped and sold.

Two separate telephone companies — Frontier Communications and AT&T — have been victimized during this series of events dating back to March 27, 2011. Four individuals have been apprehended and three are still being sought by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Those arrested are:

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The case of the shooting death of a Jackson County woman has come to an end, and upon review of investigation files, the incident has been ruled accidental by District Attorney Mike Bonfoey.

“The investigation conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was thorough and comprehensive,” said Bonfoey in a May 3 statement. “The investigation of the death of Hannah Frey reveals no evidence of criminal homicide. Furthermore, the investigation indicates that the death of Hannah Frey was the result of a tragic accidental shooting. Based on the investigation and a review of the law the District Attorney’s Office concurs with the Sheriff’s Office that no criminal charges should be initiated.”

In the early morning hours of Feb. 18, Hannah Frey, 24, was shot and killed by her uncle, James Dennis Eller, 49, who mistook her for an intruder, according to authorities.

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On Friday, May 13, at 12 noon at the Macon County Courthouse Square, citizens are invited to honor those North Carolina Law Enforcememt officers who gave their life while serving.

Guest speaker is Al Caiata, deputy chief, Cape Coral Florida Police Department, retired.

Presented by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #81, Macon and Jackson counties.

 

 

 

 

At least one fatality was reported in Rabun County, Ga., as a result of a massive storm system that rolled through the southeast last week, spawning a record number of tornados as it tore through the region, leaving a path of destruction behind.

The death of one man in the area of Lake Burton was directly related to the storm. According to the county coroner’s office, Elbert Earl Patton, Jr., age 83, died of injuries sustained during the storm. Several injuries have also been reported.

According to the National Weather Service, as the weather system moved over North Georgia late Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning, a class three tornado with maximum wind speeds of 165 mph touched down at multiple locations along a 14 mile path in Rabun County, from Lake Burton in the south to Mountain City in the north.

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Franklin construction crew volunteers during Mountain City cleanup

“This can all be taken care of,” said Karen Byers. “We’re alright, our animals are alright, so we're just thankful.”

Byers was surprisingly upbeat on Saturday as she looked around her Mountain City home surveying the destruction done by severe weather last Wednesday night, especially given the uprooted trees and extensive damage done to her house on N. Johnson Ave. A large section had been ripped from her roof, and pieces of galvanized roofing lay hanging in branches and strewn across her neighbor's property.

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Town of Franklin opposes legislation regarding publication of legal notices

On Monday, the Town of Franklin voted unanimously to oppose North Carolina Senate Bill 773. The proposed legislation would allow all municipalities and counties throughout the state to publish public notices via governmental websites and would eliminate the requirement for governments to publish public notices in newspapers.

“There are lots and lots of people that don’t have internet,” said Franklin Town Alderman Bob Scott. “Newspapers are still the only means we have to get the word out on public notices. I don’t understand why the Senate wants to do away with that, other than it being a cost saving,” he said.

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The extension of the Macon County Airport runway is approximately two months away from completion, according to airport engineer Eric Rysdon, who reported to Airport Authority members on April 25 that the paving process has begun.

“By the end of May or beginning of June they should be done with paving,” said Rysdon, adding that approximately one month after paving, the finishing touches of the extension will be applied while additional lights are installed to make the runway operational.

Rhodes Brothers Paving has taken on the paving project under the commission of Buchanan and Sons, Inc., based out of Whittier, who began the project last October for the price of $2.6 million.

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Graduation ceremonies for Southwestern Community College will be held in two separate ceremonies Tuesday, May 10, to accommodate the largest graduating class in the college’s history.

Some 271 students are candidates for certificates, diplomas and degrees, including 14 Macon Early College students and 13 New Century Scholars.

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