Tractor Trailer Traffic Stop Leads to Meth Arrests

From the Macon County Sheriff’s Office: “On Friday evening a tractor trailer was stopped by Macon County Deputies on 441 North near Cowee Mountain. Narcotic Officers and K9’s searched the vehicle and recovered approximately 7grams of methamphetamine along with pipes and other drug paraphernalia. Two West Virginia truck drivers Jason Yax and John Blessing were arrested and charged with Possession […]

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Man Facing Felony Charges After Being Arrested for Breaking Into Franklin Restaurant

From the Macon County Sheriff’s Office: “On Saturday morning Macon Deputies responded to a 911 report of a burglary in progress at the Thai Restaurant located on 441 South. When deputies arrived they located a suspect inside the restaurant. Credence Julian was arrested and taken into custody following a brief struggle. Deputies also took into temporary custody two children that […]

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Bryson City Man Sentenced in Statutory Rape Case

From District Attorney Ashley Welch: “David Joe Shuler, 52, of Bryson City was convicted today by a jury in Swain County Superior Court of being an accessory before the fact to statutory rape. Shuler facilitated the crime by pretending to be the father of one of the minor victim’s girlfriends who had come to pick the victim up for an […]

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Macon County Clean Up Day Coming in April

In response to the public outcry about the litter problem in Macon County at their last regular meeting, the Macon County Board of Commissioners voted this week to have a Macon County Clean-up Day on Saturday, April 29th from 8:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. County Manager Derek Roland presented the idea to the board to have a designated clean-up day […]

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SCC Represented in Philadelphia at Conference

Southwestern Community College and the mountains of Western North Carolina will be represented in the big city of Philadelphia, Penn. in a few weeks. Laurel Cargill Radley, SCC’s occupational therapy assistant academic fieldwork coordinator, along with Anna Walls, SCC’s occupational therapy assistant program coordinator and instructor, will be presenters at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Annual Conference & Centennial […]

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Bids for Community Building Discussed at Commissioners Meeting

The renovations to the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building was a topic of discussion for the Macon County Board of Commissioners at their continuation of the March meeting, held earlier in the week. The bid process was opened up for the electrical, gym floor, plumbing, general construction, and doors and windows. According to County Manager, Derek Roland; the bids for […]

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Robot Created by SCC to Be Used by MCSO

Students in Southwestern Community College’s mechatronics engineering program have created a SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) robot for the Macon County Sheriff’s Office. The students’ creation is not only designed to resolve dangerous situations and reduce damage to property, but it could even save a life. Designed to enter dangerous environments such as hostage situations, SWAT robots relay information through […]

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Principal at East Franklin Elementary Retiring at End of Year

After over thirty years as an educator in Macon County, Shirley Parks, Principal at East Franklin Elementary School, will be retiring at the end of this school year. A native of Franklin, Parks has worn many hats, from teacher’s assistant to principal, during her years as an educator in the Macon County School System. Dr. Chris Baldwin, Superintendent of Macon […]

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Strong Storms Knock Out Power to Thousands

Strong thunderstorms raced through Western North Carolina Tuesday evening, bringing damaging straight line winds, heavy rain and even some small hail reported. Several experienced power outages as a result of these storms, and according to Duke Energy, at 9 am, there were still 3,632 customers without power in Jackson County, with Swain County seeing 2,804 without power. In Macon County, […]

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