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
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.
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.
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.
In accordance with a new state law passed during the 2013 legislative session, the State of North Carolina has begun issuing no-fee voter identification cards.
Beginning in 2016, North Carolina will require voters to have a valid photo ID to cast a ballot when voting in person. A list of photo ID that will be acceptable for voting is available on the State Board of Elections’ website. No-fee ID cards are available for people who have no other valid forms of photo identification.
Applications for no-fee voter ID cards can be made at any North Carolina DMV driver license office.
Applicants will need to present documents that verifies their age and identity. Applicants will also need to provide a valid Social Security number.
NCDMV has posted the requirements and documents acceptable for the Voter ID card on its website.
Voter ID cards are mailed to applicants within 10 to 15 days following application.
Under the leadership of Commissioner Kelly Thomas, the Division of Motor Vehicles conducted five rehearsals and training sessions last month for all examiners and information technology personnel to ensure the examiners and IT professionals are trained in the procedures to issue voter identification to all North Carolinians seeking that form of ID.