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At the April meeting the Hayesville Town Council approved the drainage project on Curtis St, the electric bill for the new streetlights in the city, selected the low bidder for janitorial services and approved amendments to the zoning ordinance. With Council member Will Penland resigning because of moving outside the city limits, Council received multiple applications from interested city residents to serve Penland’s unexpired term. Lauren Tiger was unanimously selected, sworn in and participated in the meeting.

With all the indications that Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan will not seek re-election, multiple names have been mentioned as potential candidates. High on that list is District 51 Senator Steve Gooch. His work with rural broadband expansion and his Vice Chair positions on both Appropriations and Transportation have provided state-wide name recognition. When reached, Gooch declined comment until Lt. Governor Duncan makes a formal announcement, but he did indicate he would give the decision serious consideration if the opportunity arose.

The Murphy Town Council approved the Murphy Business Alliance’s plan for the July 3 downtown event celebrating Independence Day. Also approved at their April meeting was a resolution for a public auction of the Tanglewood property, the formal approval for the Murphy Rural Fire District to occupy the National Guard Armory and the Engineering contract for a new belt press.

Both Georgia and North Carolina are currently pausing the scheduling of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine until the safety is determined by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices which meets today to assess the impact of blood clotting cases occurring with the J&J vaccine.