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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.

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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