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Temperatures dip as WNC receives a dusting of snow

The cold front that caused significant snowfall in much of the northern parts of the nation resulted in very cold temperatures in Western North Carolina.

Parts of Macon County received a dusting of snow on Tuesday morning which lingered into Wednesday in Winding Stairs Gap and in the higher elevations where the temperatures hovered near the freezing mark.

Photo by Vickie Carpenter

Rep. Mark Meadows gives State of the Region report

Last week, United States President Barack Obama gave the State of the Union address, outlining his priorities for 2015 as well as touting his administration's accomplishments to date. While Obama's address focused on the country as a whole, Western North Carolina's Congressional representative Mark Meadows has his sights set on his district and how to directly impact his constituents.

With a new year under way and after a successful campaign to secure his seat as the representative for the 11th Congressional District, Meadows is ready to bring change to Western North Carolina. His first priority, jobs.

"I’ve spoken to countless constituents across the 11th District and I keep hearing the same thing: the American people want their elected officials to focus on growing the economy and getting Americans back to work," said Congressman Mark Meadows. "I’ve championed pro-growth policies during my time in Congress and will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle when possible.

Macon County Schools system bracing for significant budget shortfall

After hoping to make it through the 2014-15 school year by the skin of their teeth, Macon County Schools is once again bracing for significant budget shortfall.

In 2014-15, the school district was dealt a hand that consisted of a $188,946 reduction in teacher assistant funding, an additional cost of $131,619.93 to cover the salary increase passed by the state to cover the locally paid teachers, and a salary increase of all other locally paid employees to the tune of $34,224.62. Those budget adjustments came after the school district developed the year's budget, meaning the school system had to scramble to make ends meet to account for the $354,666.52 shortfall.

Macon public library celebrates Pooh’s birthday

Last Tuesday and Thursday, the Macon County Public Library celebrated Winnie the Pooh’s birthday with fun, games, and sweets.

The Children’s Library staff, Maggie Kennedy and Cristen Dando came dressed as Winnie the Pooh and his pal Tigger and read tales from the dynamic duo’s adventures in the 100 Acre Woods.

The event was part of National Winnie the Pooh Day, which was celebrated on January 18.

 

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Roy Owenby will talk about his book “The Owl Knows” Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m. at the Jackson County Public Library.Local author Roy Owenby will present a talk about his novel “The Owl Knows” on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m., in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex. This program is free of charge.

“The Owl Knows” is an Appalachian Trail mystery set in Macon County. Two female teachers are hiking the Trail, when one is murdered and the other mysteriously disappears. The plot thickens as local law enforcement, aided by the FBI, begin to unravel the mystery.

Author Roy Owenby, was born in Nantahala. A Navy veteran, he graduated from Appalachian State University at age 40.

Local author Roy Owenby will present a talk about his novel “The Owl Knows” on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m., in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex. This program is free of charge.

“The Owl Knows” is an Appalachian Trail mystery set in Macon County. Two female teachers are hiking the Trail, when one is murdered and the other mysteriously disappears. The plot thickens as local law enforcement, aided by the FBI, begin to unravel the mystery.

Author Roy Owenby, was born in Nantahala. A Navy veteran, he graduated from Appalachian State University at age 40. After 35 years in various supervisory and management positions, he currently works part-time for the N.C. Department of Commerce. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Israel and Europe. He is a featured writer for the Burningtown News, an online newspaper. He has written more than 200 short stories, many of which will be featured in an upcoming book entitled “Taters, Corn Shellers and Lard Buckets,” a caricature of Southern Appalachian life.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. For more information, call the JCPL at (828)586-2016.





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