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A Jackson County woman was shot and killed in the early morning hours of Feb. 18 by her uncle, who allegedly mistook her for an intruder, according to Jackson authorities.

Sometime before 3:30 a.m., 24-year-old Hannah Kathryn Frey entered her uncle’s residence on 62 Southview Meadow in the Whittier community. According to a statement by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, officers were notified that she was accidentally shot by her uncle in the neck upon entering the home.

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The Little Tennessee Watershed Association is one step closer to protecting the Little Tennessee River from the threat of losing its headwaters. On Feb. 22, the Rabun County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution in favor of regulating interbasin transfers.

With the declaration, the river stands a chance at remaining a water source for the communities through which it flows, rather than becoming a source of water for rapidly developing cities, such as Atlanta, LTWA executive director Jenny Sanders said on Tuesday.

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As the extension of the Macon County Airport runway moves forward, the Macon County Airport Authority has received estimates for the construction of aircraft hangars as part of the expansion of the airport.

Airport Authority member Harold Corbin reported at last Tuesday’s meeting that the cost to construct 13 hangars would be an estimated $861,000. That estimate includes three 65’ by 60’ hangars and ten “T” hangars for smaller, single engine airplanes. Corbin said that the cost for the three large hangars would be approximately $151,000, while roughly $710,000 would be needed to build the smaller hangars.

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North Carolina lawmakers are looking at a bill that would ban cell phone use for people driving a motor vehicle.

The bill is akin to previous laws passed that were designed to raise highway safety. Last year the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law that made it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to talk on a cell phone while driving. During the same session, the General Assembly also passed a bill that prohibits all drivers from texting while driving.

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The Mr. and Miss FHS Court has been selected for the 2010-11 school year.

The court was nominated by the teachers of Franklin High School and voted on by the student body to represent each grade level.

 

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‘I hope to God I didn't kill anyone.’

A woman who crossed over into oncoming traffic and collided with a tractor-trailer truck after falling asleep at the wheel Friday morning is in critical condition but expected to recover. By Friday afternoon, Megan Ehrenkaufer, born 1990, of Scaly Mountain, N.C., was in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville.

A call to 9-1-1 came in at 7:55 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 18 reporting a two-vehicle collision 8.4 miles south of the Franklin city limits on Hwy. 441/Georgia Rd. Ehrenkaufer, a former student of Highlands School, was traveling north on the highway when she veered into oncoming traffic in her 2001 Kia and plowed into the side of a tractor-trailer traveling south.

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REACH strives to prevent violence and help victims make new choices

Last fall, on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 16, the lifeless, beaten body of Amanda Smith Morrow was found on the her neighbors’ front porch just around the corner from her Nutmeg Court home in Jackson County.

According to police, Morrow, a seventh-grade school teacher at Fairview Elementary School, died of a bullet fired point-blank at her right temple. Morrow’s estranged husband, Michael David Morrow, was later charged with the crime.

Unfortunately, this grizzly tale is all too common in North Carolina. According to an unofficial count by the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 73 reported homicides in the state were directly linked to domestic violence in 2010, up slightly from the 70 reported in 2009, when domestic violence homicides accounted for more than 14 percent of the total murders in the state.  The actual rate may be much higher.

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Town of Franklin alderman Jerry Evans passed away last Thursday at the age of 55, due to complications relating to a respiratory illness. According to town officials, his passing was completely unexpected. None of his fellow aldermen realized his illness was so serious, and they were not prepared for the news that he had died on Feb. 17.

More than a year ago, Evans was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring or thickening of the lungs that causes difficulty breathing. “He had a very substantial problem with his lungs,” said Franklin Mayor Joe Collins. “It had been going on for a while.”

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The Swain County Department of Social Services was locked down early Tuesday morning by the State Bureau of Investigation.

According to unnamed sources, the SBI was conducting an investigation because of possible neglect by the Swain County DSS in the Jan. 10 death of 16-month-old Aubrey Littlejohn, of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The child allegedly died while in the care of a relative when the infant’s mother, Jasmine Littlejohn, was in jail following unrelated drug charges. Because the child lived in the county, and not on Indian land, her case came under the watch of the Swain County DSS.

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A man’s plan to turn his Macon County farm into a motocross track has his neighbors revving for a fight. During the public comment portion of a Macon County Planning Board meeting last Thursday, board members heard from neighbors and other county residents on the issue.

The vast majority – though not all – who attended the meeting were opposed to Herman “Bud” Talley’s plan to establish a motocross racing facility on the 45-acre farm that has been in his family since 1935. Talley, owner of Nantahala Meats in Franklin, says that building the racetrack is a way to save his dying Clarks Chapel community farm from being parceled out for development.

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