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Webster Enterprises Inc is a not-for-profit organization operating in Sylva, N.C. The company currently serves Jackson, Macon and Swain counties, and is designated to assist persons with disabilities and disadvantages find success in the working world.

Recently, Webster Enterprises was given a generous grant in the amount of $37,500 from the Evergreen Foundation. In addition to renovating the facility’s existing workspace, Webster will also use this money to repair and replace its non-working HVAC units and non-working handicapped door openers.

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Fatz Cafe has partnered with many organizations through its Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser program, raising $477,748 in 2010 to benefit local communities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. Groups big and small, ranging from local schools, churches and non-profits, have participated in the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser program. The program goal is to lend a helping hand and great food to bring neighbors together and enrich communities across the Southeast.

Early on Saturday mornings, Operating Partners and Fatz Cafe employees open their restaurant hours before their scheduled shift to flip pancakes with volunteers from various local organizations, transforming Fatz Cafe into a hot spot for hotcakes.

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On Jan. 19, Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland, along with a few of his deputies, paid a visit to local businesses and issued them written requests asking them to voluntarily stop selling “herbal incense” products.

The controversial “incense” has gained national attention in recent months as a popular smokable product. The hazy craze is reportedly due to the fact that the effects of smoking incense are similar to those of marijuana.

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Few endorse NCDOT’s $13 million ‘preferred alternative’

A wide range of opinions was still on display Tuesday at the NCDOT's public hearing on improvements to Needmore Road, but few spoke out in support of the preferred alternative which the Department of Transportation has been pushing since the first public hearing held in September in Swain County.

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Kyle Allen MorganMacon County Superior Court was held from Jan. 12-14. The session was held after being delayed by inclement weather. The honorable Judge James L. Baker presided during the proceedings, and handed down several felony sentences.

— Kyle Allen Morgan, 23, pled guilty to driving while impaired, reckless driving, failure to stop at stop sign, fleeing and eluding arrest, speeding and injury to real property. Morgan was given 36 months of supervised probation, six months of which will be on intensive probation, and must complete alcohol assessment classes. Morgan is not to operate a motor vehicle within 90 days after his judgment.

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Local restaurant corrects equipment problem; reopens for business

 

In recent weeks, rumors have been circulating about Franklin’s Domino’s Pizza. Some were saying the restaurant, located at 417 East Main Street, was shut down because of a bug infestation. Other rumors were even more outrageous.

However, health inspectors say that the rumors have gone a little far, though the establishment did, in fact, close its doors for about a week.

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North Carolina counties voted as their top two legislative priorities on Friday to oppose any attempt by the state to shift funding responsibility for secondary roads to counties and to seek full reinstatement of lottery funds and ADM funds for school construction. More than 200 county officials from across North Carolina gathered for the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ biannual Legislative Goals Conference, which was held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham County on Jan. 20-21.

“We understand this is going to be a tough budget session for the General Assembly, and the upcoming year will also be a difficult year for counties,” said NCACC Executive Director David F. Thompson. “Many of the goals that counties adopted reflect that reality.”

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Findings are healthy economic indicator for Franklin

The most recent tracking data for occupancy tax revenue coming into the Lodging Tax Fund of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce indicates that tourism was up significantly in 2010 over the previous year. According to Franklin Town Planner and small inn owner Mike Grubermann, the data is a healthy economic indicator for the town.

At the year’s first meeting of the Chamber’s Tourism Development Committee (TDC) on Jan. 20, Grubermann was also unanimously selected as the committee’s 2010 chairman, replacing outgoing chairman, John Norris.

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The Macon County Clerk of Court will no longer process passport applications after January 31, according to Clerk of Superior Court Vic Perry.

Perry said the federal government recently made changes in passport processing requirements that make it more time consuming for his staff and costlier to the state.

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...on the Nantahala River

The Forest Service will be accepting applications for up to 12 temporary commercial permits for the Nantahala River in 2011. Permits will be offered to groups such as colleges, universities, camps and clubs who wish to provide instruction and training for hard boat navigation. Permitted groups will be allowed to use the river on Mondays through Thursdays, May 1 to Nov. 10, with three permits allowed per day. Applications will be accepted Feb. 1-28, 2011. If there are more than 12 qualified applicants, permittees will be selected by a lottery system.

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published: 10/18/2013
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