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Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County Board of County Commissioners.

Franklin Town Board of Aldermen

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Monday, October 31, 2022

2022 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to be Harvested Nov. 2
Public invited to view virtual ceremony from the Pisgah National Forest


PRESS RELEASE (10-31-2022) 
NATIONAL FOREST IN NORTH CAROLINA

2022 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to be Harvested Nov. 2 

Public invited to view virtual ceremony from the Pisgah National Forest

Asheville, NC October 31, 2022 – After almost a year of planning, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, a 78-foot red spruce affectionately called “Ruby,” will be harvested from the Pisgah National Forest in a virtual ceremony on Nov. 2, 2022 at 11 AM. The ceremony will include a musical performance by Woody Platt and Shannon Whitworth, and the Cherokee Legend of the Evergreen Trees told by this year’s Youth Tree Lighter, Coche Tiger, a citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.


The ceremony will be live-streamed on the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree’s Facebook page at 11 a.m., located at facebook.com/uscapitolchristmastree.


Following the ceremony, the tree will be harvested by Rodney Smith, a 30-year employee of the Uhwarrie National Forest, using a STIHL chainsaw. With support from Dover Crane and Barlett Tree Experts, the Red Spruce will be carefully maneuvered into placement on a flatbed trailer provided by Hale Trailer. The tree will be transported by a specially decaled Kenworth T680 driven by Ed Kingdon, Jr and Deb Kingdon of North Carolina-based carrier Hardy Brothers Trucking.


After the harvest, Ruby will get ready to hit the road for a 14-day long tour from the Pisgah National Forest to Washington, D. C. With support from partners, including presenting sponsor 84 Lumber, the tree will make several stops along the way to celebrate with North Carolina communities “from the mountains to the sea,” before arriving to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The tour starts with a Harvest Celebration at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center on November 5 from 3:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. For a complete list of times and stops, visit www.uscapitolchristmastree.com.   


The red spruce that will adorn the West Lawn represents an iconic tree species for southern Appalachia. As part of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree program, the U.S. Forest Service is partnering with the National Forest Foundation to raise funds for a new state-of-the-art nursery that will grow red spruce seedlings to be used in reforestation efforts. The Forest Service has contributed $50,000 and the National Forest Foundation is raising $200,000 more.


Someday that greenhouse will contain the seedlings of Ruby. A team of foresters collected cones from Ruby, which contain seeds that will be grown into seedlings that will contribute to the next generation of red spruce trees growing across the southern Appalachian region.


The nursery will be managed by the Southern Highlands Reserve, a nationally recognized nonprofit arboretum, and research center. This organization has embarked upon the epic task of raising 50,000 red spruce trees to be planted on public lands in North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, and Virginia, where they have already planted more than 6,000 trees. Other partners in these restoration efforts include The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

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News and Weather Briefing for Monday, October 31, 2022



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Science and Technology
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On This Day
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GENERAL OUTLOOK

Rain chances increase today as a low pressure system tracks northeast across the Midwest. Drier weather and warmer temperatures return on Tuesday and persist through the end of the week as broad surface high pressure spreads back over the region.

FROG FAIR SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, NOV 5th FROM 10AM TO 4PM

Friends of the Greenway announce their Fall arts and crafts fundraising event. FROG FAIR will be held Nov 5, 2022 from 10-4 at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main at the Town bridge in Franklin. Vendor spaces are available (only registration fee goes to FROG)--check our website (littletennessee.org) for registration forms or stop by FROG Quarters. Make sure to mark your calendar--arts and crafts, food, and music will make it a special day. For more information, email frog28734@gmail.com.

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Local Weather

General Forecast Through Wednesday Night





Franklin Area

Today

Rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then a chance of showers, mainly between noon and 4pm. Patchy fog before 2pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid 60s. Light and variable wind in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s.


Highlands Plateau

Today

Rain and possibly a thunderstorm before 3pm, then a chance of showers, mainly between 3pm and 5pm. Areas of fog. Highs in the mid 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Tonight

Widespread fog, mainly after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Light and variable wind in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday

Widespread fog, mainly before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s. Light winds out of the north.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with highs near 60.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 40s.


Otto and South Central Macon County

Today

Rain and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then a chance of showers, mainly between 1pm and 4pm. Patchy fog before 3pm. Highs in the mid 60s. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Calm winds.

Tuesday

Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Light northwest wind.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with highs near 70.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s.


Nantahala Area

Today

Rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then a chance of showers, mainly between noon and 5pm. Patchy fog before 1pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Light southwest wind.

Tuesday

Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s. Light northwest wind.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s.






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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today or tonight.

Drought Update from the NC Climate Office

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Record Weather Events for October 31st

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2021)

Highest Temperature 84°F in Franklin in 1950
Lowest Temperature 15°F in Highlands in 1917
Greatest Rainfall 5.03 inches in Highlands in 2019

Greatest Snowfall 0.7 in Highlands in 2012

Weather Extremes for Macon County for the month of October Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on 10-05-1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Franklin on 10-30-1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on 10-04-1964
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on 10-20-1913

(the excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Hurricane Hilda)

Record Weather Events for October 31st in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 90°F in Wadesboro, Anson County in 2017
Lowest Temperature 14°F in Celo, Yancey County in 1952
Greatest Rainfall 5.80 inches in Lake Toxaway, Transylvania County in 2019
Greatest Snowfall 3.0 inches in Marshall, Madison County in 2012

Weather Extremes for North Carolina for the month of October Data available from 1872

Highest Temperature 103°F in Wadesboro, Anson County on 10-03-2019
Lowest Temperature 8°F in Banner Elk, Avery County on 10-21-1952
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 12.53 inches in Lumberton, Robeson County on 10-08-2016

Greatest One-Day Snowfall 11.0 inches on Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 10-25-1990

Climate Normals Accumulated Rainfall for the Year to October 1st

Franklin 42.38 inches
Coweeta Experimental Station 53.91 inches
Highlands 65.66 inches




TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Oct 31 2022

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Active Systems:
The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Fifteen, located over the central Caribbean Sea.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...90 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent.



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Almanac

24 Hour Smoke Forecast

Smoke fields from fires across the southeast will be crossing the county today.















Air quality is in the lower range of yellow for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the lower range of yellow.

Fire and Smoke Map




Local Air Monitor



Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (0.4 out of 12) today with Ragweed and Chenopods being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (1.1 out of 12).



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Macon Calendar
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)


FROG FAIR SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, NOV 5th from 10AM TO 4PM

Friends of the Greenway announce their Fall arts and crafts fundraising event. FROG FAIR will be held Nov 5, 2022 from 10-4 at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main at the Town bridge in Franklin. Vendor spaces are available (only registration fee goes to FROG)--check our website (littletennessee.org) for registration forms or stop by FROG Quarters. Make sure to mark your calendar--arts and crafts, food, and music will make it a special day. For more information, email frog28734@gmail.com.



RECEPTION FOR RETIRING POLICE CHIEF BILL HARRELL

A reception for the retiring Franklin Police Chief will be held at the Franklin Town Hall (lower level) on Monday, November 7th from 2pm to 5pm.
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Local and State News


• Safety tips to keep your kiddos and pets safe this Halloween [WLOS-TV (Asheville, NC)]

• Feasting bears force some popular trails to close in Great Smoky Mountains park [Charlotte Oberver]

• Proud Boys, pro-confederate protesters show up to Sanford LGBTQ+ event after organizers face death threats online [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]

• Election 2022 Questions: What are the rules on voting observation? [BPR]

• Town of Franklin Asks Citizens to Voluntarily Restrict Water Usage [Macon Media]

Macon County Commissioner candidate forum
Joint Meeting Between the Macon County Board of Commissioners and the Macon County Board of Education | Macon Media




State Budget Details

• NC Budget Table of Contents [Google Drive (PDF)]

• NC House Bill 103: 2022 Appropriations Act [Google Drive (PDF)]

• Joint Conference Committee Report on the Current Operations Appropriations Act of 2022 [Google Drive (PDF)]

• House Bill 103 Information and Voting History [NC General Assembly Website]

• Raises for state employees, preparations for recession, in proposed state budget [WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC)]


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Special Section: Russo-Ukrainian War Updates
(sharing of a particular source is not an endorsement)
(Longer videos are in the Russo-Ukraine Videos section)



• Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, October 30 [Institute for the Study of War] [PDF for October 30th]

• Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 249 [Al Jazeera]

Is Ukraine the 3rd Most Corrupt Country in the World? | FUNKER530



European Defence and The Russian Challenge - Third Superpower or paper tiger? | Perun



Timothy Snyder: The Making of Modern Ukraine. Class 12. Habsburg Curiosity | Yale Courses






JOMINI OF THE WEST MAP (UTVD Operational Update: ZSU Counter Offensive in Kharkiv, 10-12 Sep 22.)







--> • The wives left behind by Russian deserters [DW News]

• LIVEBLOG: 249th day of Russian aggression against Ukraine [TVP World]

• Russia Blames Ukraine, U.K. for Collapse of Grain Deal [WSJ]

• Lavrov draws parallels between Ukraine war, Cuban missile crisis [Al Jazeera]

• Concerns rise as Russia resumes grain blockade of Ukraine [AP News]


News from Russian or pro-Russian outlets or Video About the Russian Perspective

• New details on drone attack in Crimea emerge [Russia Today]

• Zelensky ridiculed for his photo with downed Russian drone [Pravda ]

• US interested in weakening Europe militarily and de-industrializing it – Lavrov [TASS Russian News Agency]


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National and World News Roundup



• Iran Crisis Update, October 30 [Understanding War] [PDF for October 30th]

• Iran’s regime kills a female surgeon during doctors' protests in Tehran [Jerusalem Post]

• Students In Iranian Universities Taking The Brunt Of State Terror [Iran International]

• Switzerland sets record with world's longest passenger train [BBC News]

• Cash-Rich Consumers Could Mean Higher Interest Rates for Longer [Wall Street Journal]

• 'We are a tinderbox': Political violence is ramping up, experts warn [MSN]

• Brazil's Lula defeats Bolsonaro to win presidency again in stunning comeback [Reuters]

• Energy security, not climate change, is driving clean energy investment, IEA chief says [CNBC]

• Elon Musk, new owner of Twitter, tweets unfounded anti-LGBTQ conspiracy theory about Paul Pelosi attack [NBC News]

• US Air Force to deploy nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Australia as tensions with China grow [ABC News (Australia)]

• Antisemitic message referencing Kanye West displayed outside Florida v. Georgia football game [CBC News]

• CNN Exclusive: Suspect in Paul Pelosi attack had bag with zip ties, source says [CNN]

• Guantanamo’s oldest inmate Saifullah Paracha freed after 19 years [Al Jazeera]


European Defence and The Russian Challenge - Third Superpower or paper tiger? | Perun



Global National: Oct. 30, 2022 | Canadian among those injured in Seoul crowd surge



Nightly News Full Broadcast (October 30th)


PBS NewsHour full episode, October 30, 2022



• Yes, the Great Books Make Us Better People [New York Times]



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COVID-19 News and Updates

Here is a section on COVID-19. It includes local, regional, state, national, and global items.



COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County:






• WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard [World Health Organization]

Globally, as of 5:43pm CEST, 28 October 2022, there have been 626,337,158 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,566,610 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 26 October 2022, a total of 12,830,378,906 vaccine doses have been administered.

In United States of America, from 3 January 2020 to 5:43pm CEST, 28 October 2022, there have been 95,946,824 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,059,255 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 21 October 2022, a total of 625,145,993 vaccine doses have been administered.

• TWiV 949: Clinical update with Dr. Daniel Griffin [Microbe YV (audio, shownotes, and links)]

• COVID ‘variant soup’ is making winter surges hard to predict [Nature]

• Is SARS-CoV-2 an oncogenic virus? [Journal of Infection]

• Epidemiologist Jeremy Farrar on the Next Viral Threat [Spiegal International]

• Shanghai Disneyland reduces operations as China tightens COVID curbs [Yahoo! News]




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Science and Technology News Roundup

• Michigan Court Allows Town To Use Drones To Snoop Without Warrants. One Couple Is Suing. [Reason]

• Goodbye binge-watching: Netflix, others, bringing back ad breaks in coming weeks [Global News]

• Discord Bans 68,000 Servers, 55 million Accounts [The Gamer]

• NASA’s Psyche mission to a metal-rich asteroid is back on the books for October 2023 [Tech Crunch]

• Tesla Semi shows off impressive acceleration in final testing ahead of deliveries [Video] [Drive Tesla Canada]

• Video game graphics are a ticking time bomb — the industry needs to focus on art over tech [Laptop Magazine]

• NSF Live: What's Next for Starship [NASA Spaceflight]

• Nick on the Rocks - Lake Lewis [Central Washington University]

• Centaur issue delays JPSS-2 launch [Space News]

• Iran’s Secret Manual for Tracking and Controlling Protesters’ Mobile Phones [The Intercept]

• Fall of Civilizations #16. Bagan - City of Temples [SOURCE]

• 25 tips to help you prepare for the 2024 total solar eclipse [Astronomy Magazine]

• Neal Stephenson’s Lamina1 drops white paper on building the open metaverse [Venture Beat] [PDF of White paper]


Podcasts and Long Form Videos (History, Culture, Science, Space, Technology and Current Events)
Anything covering educational, entertainment, history, current events, and technology topics

Andrej Karpathy: Tesla AI, Self-Driving, Optimus, Aliens, and AGI | Lex Fridman Podcast #333



European Defence and The Russian Challenge - Third Superpower or paper tiger? | Perun



Siege of Prusa 1317-1326 - Ottoman History | Kings and Generals



SpaceX Starship Going Next Level, Falcon Heavy Final Countdown, Relativity Stargate and more | Marcus House



All-new Kindle 2022 Release Review | Geekanoids






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Russo-Ukrainian War Videos (mostly long form)

--> Russia retaliates against Ukraine drone attack on Black Sea fleet | DW News



Footage shows Kamikaze drone attack on Russia's black sea fleet | WION



Russia breaks the "grain corridor" deal | World News | TVP World



Battle for Bakhmut heats up as Russian forces edge closer | Al Jazeera



Lithuania readies for a Russian assault if Ukraine falls | Sky News







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On This Day

October 31 is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 61 days remain until the end of the year.

Historical Events



Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)



475 – Romulus Augustulus is proclaimed Western Roman Emperor.

683 – During the Siege of Mecca, the Kaaba catches fire and is burned down.

802 – Empress Irene is deposed and banished to Lesbos. Conspirators place Nikephoros, the minister of finance, on the Byzantine throne.

932 – Abbasid caliph al-Muqtadir is killed while fighting against the forces of general Mu'nis al-Muzaffar. Al-Muqtadir's brother al-Qahir is chosen to succeed him.

1517 – Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther posts his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

1587 – Leiden University Library opens its doors after its founding in 1575.

1822 – Emperor Agustín de Iturbide attempts to dissolve the Congress of the Mexican Empire.

1863 – The New Zealand Wars resume as British forces in New Zealand led by General Duncan Cameron begin their Invasion of the Waikato.

1864 – Nevada is admitted as the 36th U.S. state.

1895 – The strongest earthquake in the Midwestern United States since 1812 strikes near Charleston, Missouri, causing damage and killing at least two.

1903 – The Purdue Wreck, a railroad train collision in Indianapolis, kills 17 people, including 14 players of the Purdue University football team.

1907 – The Parliament of Finland approved the Prohibition Act, but the law was not implemented because it was not ratified by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.

1913 – Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile highway across United States.

1913 – The Indianapolis Streetcar Strike and subsequent riot begins.

1917 – World War I: Battle of Beersheba: The "last successful cavalry charge in history".

1918 – World War I: The Aster Revolution terminates the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867, and Hungary achieves full sovereignty.

1922 – Benito Mussolini is made Prime Minister of Italy

1923 – The first of 160 consecutive days of 100° Fahrenheit at Marble Bar, Western Australia.

1924 – World Savings Day is announced in Milan, Italy by the Members of the Association at the 1st International Savings Bank Congress (World Society of Savings Banks).

1938 – Great Depression: In an effort to restore investor confidence, the New York Stock Exchange unveils a fifteen-point program aimed to upgrade protection for the investing public.

1940 – World War II: The Battle of Britain ends: The United Kingdom prevents a possible German invasion.

1941 – After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed.

1941 – World War II: The destroyer USS Reuben James is torpedoed by a German U-boat near Iceland, killing more than 100 U.S. Navy sailors. It is the first U.S. Navy vessel sunk by enemy action in WWII.

1943 – World War II: An F4U Corsair accomplishes the first successful radar-guided interception by a United States Navy or Marine Corps aircraft.

1956 – Suez Crisis: The United Kingdom and France begin bombing Egypt to force the reopening of the Suez Canal.

1956 – Hungarian Revolution of 1956: A Revolutionary Headquarters is established in Hungary. Following Imre Nagy's announcement of October 30, banned non-Communist political parties are reformed, and the MDP is replaced by the MSZMP. József Mindszenty is released from prison. The Soviet Politburo makes the decision to crush the Revolution.

1961 – In the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin's body is removed from the Lenin's Mausoleum, also known as the Lenin Tomb.

1963 – 1963 Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum gas explosion: A gas explosion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Indianapolis kills 81 people and injures another 400 during an ice show.

1968 – Vietnam War October surprise: Citing progress with the Paris peace talks, US President Lyndon B. Johnson announces to the nation that he has ordered a complete cessation of "all air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam" effective November 1.

1973 – Mountjoy Prison helicopter escape. Three Provisional Irish Republican Army members escape from Mountjoy Prison, Dublin aboard a hijacked helicopter that landed in the exercise yard.

1979 – Western Airlines Flight 2605 crashes on landing in Mexico City, killing 73 people.

1984 – Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two Sikh security guards. Riots break out in New Delhi and other cities and around 3,000 Sikhs are killed.

1994 – American Eagle Flight 4184 crashes near Roselawn, Indiana killing all 68 people on board.

1996 – TAM Transportes Aéreos Regionais Flight 402 crashes in São Paulo, Brazil, killing 99 people.

1998 – Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.

1999 – Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.

1999 – EgyptAir Flight 990 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean near Nantucket, killing all 217 people on board.

2000 – Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station. The ISS has been crewed continuously since then.

2000 – Singapore Airlines Flight 006 crashes on takeoff from Taipei, killing 83.

2002 – A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas indicts former Enron chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of his ex-employer.

2003 – Mahathir bin Mohamad resigns as Prime Minister of Malaysia and is replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, marking an end to Mahathir's 22 years in power.

2011 – The global population of humans reaches seven billion. This day is now recognized by the United Nations as the Day of Seven Billion.

2014 – During a test flight, the VSS Enterprise, a Virgin Galactic experimental spaceflight test vehicle, suffers a catastrophic in-flight breakup and crashes in the Mojave Desert, California,

2015 – Metrojet Flight 9268 is bombed over the northern Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board.

2017 – A truck drives into a crowd in Lower Manhattan, New York City, killing eight people.

2020 – Berlin Brandenburg Airport opens its doors after nearly 10 years of delays due to construction issues and project corruption.


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Published at 2:50am on Monday, October 30, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins


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Sunday, October 30, 2022

AMBER ALERT: Asheboro Police Department (10-30-2022)
The Children Are Now Reported to be Safe

**10:50pm** This Amber Alert has been officially canceled. https://twitter.com/AMBERAlert/status/1586910689448591360

**8:47pm** UPDATE: According to police, the father of Londyn Renee Williams and Deshawn Devone Williams met with officers with the Greensboro Police Department Sunday who confirmed the children are safe.






**update 6:56pm** 
The abductors are possibly heading to Florida in a black 2019 Dodge Durango with N.C. license plate JMY-3236.

AMBER ALERT

The Asheboro Police Department is searching for 2 missing children: 

LONDYN RENEE WILLIAMS and DESHAWN DEVONE WILLIAMS. 

LONDYN RENEE WILLIAMS is a 4-year-old, Black, Female, approximately 3 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 40 pounds. She has BLACK hair, and BROWN eyes. PURPLE PANDA SWEATER WITH JEGGINGS WITH CATS ON THE FEET. 

DESHAWN DEVONE WILLIAMS is a 2-year-old, Black, Male, approximately 2 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 28 pounds. He has BLACK hair, and BROWN eyes. RED AND WHITE SHIRT WITH TAN SLACKS. 

The victims are believed to be with: DESHAWN DEVONE WILLIAMS, WILLIAMS DOMINIC MARKEL and HALEY SUE HARRAH. 

DESHAWN DEVONE WILLIAMS is described as 25 years old, Black, Male, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 230 pounds. He has BROWN hair, and BROWN eyes. BLACK HOODIE AND BLACK SKI MASK. 

WILLIAMS DOMINIC MARKEL is described as 20 years old, Black, Male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds. He has BLACK hair, and BROWN eyes. BLACK HOODIE AND BLACK SKI MASK. 

HALEY SUE HARRAH 24, is described as white and 5 feet 4 inches tall. She has brown hair and green eyes.