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Opinion Letters

An open letter to Macon County Commissioners, the manager, and county residents:

The alleged embezzlement of around $50,000 from Macon County taxpayers by a county employee highlights incompetency within the county’s “award winning” Finance Department. The allegations in Judge Letts’ search warrant for the Macon County Board of Elections (BOE) office lay out the damning details.

The alleged embezzler wrote at least 29 “check requests” between July 2013 and mid-January 2014 with insufficient documentation and no or forged signature authorizations. Without hesitation, Finance’s accounts payable (A/P) issued checks totaling around $50,000 to sham vendors. The checks were given to the embezzler who allegedly pocketed the money.

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Anyone interested in Macon County constructing outdoor racket ball courts in one of our recreation parks please email or text Mr. Seth Adams, Director of Parks and Recreation, Macon County. He is very interested in constructing the courts but needs interest input.

Please email or text him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or text him at 828-371-1397.

Thank you,

Doug Hastings — Franklin, N.C.

Just a couple thoughts about fracking. When I read that the Department of Energy and Natural Resources Mining and Energy Commission (DENR-MEC) wants to look at fracking potential west of Buncombe County, my jaw dropped. My home water supply is spring fed and all my neighbors are either using spring water or wells. I see no good reason to trade perfectly good (and free) spring water for a city water bill based on some pie in the sky fracking company’s promise of free money sitting under ground. Whenever I hear "Free Money" I assume someone is trying to con me.

Worse than that is the Forced Pooling allowed under the new law (G.S.§ 113-393. Development of lands as drilling unit by agreement or order of Commission. ) If DENRMEC chair James Womack lumps me into a Drilling Unit, then my property rights go out the window putting control of my property and drinking water up to a vote by land owners in my Unit.

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The Friends of the Scottish Museum wish to thank the News for the full page coverage of the 2014 Burns Night Dinner on Jan. 25. The event at Tartan Hall was sold out.

We hosted visitors from Atlanta and Florida. Special thanks to Boy Scout Troop 298 who served the five-course meal and did dishes.

Many businesses along Main Street contributed to our auction or bought dinner tickets, and we greatly appreciate their support.

Eleanor Swift, President
Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum

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