- published 3/27 (Larry) - unpublished ?

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Opinion Letters

As an addition to your recent excellent article on John and Dorothy Crawford, may I add my own two cents. As a member of the Franklin Gem and Mineral Society, the public should know these two citizens were original founding members of our club, and occasionally still attend meetings.

On at least one occasion, they also gave a presentation on a current political topic that affected Maconians. Would that all citizens were to stay so well informed. Also, as a Senior Companion at our Senior Services Center, it was wonderful to see our center named for them in a special ceremony.


I would like to pass on some information that could potentially help the Macon County Humane Society or Macon County Animal Control. Anyone can go to "the animal rescue site" and click on "animal rescue site click give." At this site one can choose "the Shelter Challenge," then in the search screen type "Macon" and both the Humane Society and Animal Shelter come up along with several others. You can then choose one to "vote" for. The shelters that accumulate the most votes get prizes to help their shelters.


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.


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.

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