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North Carolina Farm Bureau announced the awarding of its first Ag in the Classroom “Going Local” grant to Macon County teacher Thomas Shepherd, Mountain View Intermediate.

North Carolina Farm Bureau provides agricultural outreach grants to North Carolina teachers through its Ag in the Classroom “Going Local” program.

“There is no more valuable resource in North Carolina than our students and the teachers charged with their education,” said Larry Wooten, president of North Carolina Farm Bureau. “Through this program, our state’s farmers are investing in the future generations that will lead North Carolina, as well as the future of agriculture—the top industry in the state.”


Fueled by the news that Macon County is losing teacher assistants because of more than $300,000 in additional cuts from the state, educators, parents and concerned members of the community gathered at Franklin High School Friday afternoon to participate in a "Walk4Education." With a joint theme of thanking Macon County commissioners and members of the Board of Education for their dedication to education and protesting the lack of commitment on the state level, dozens of community members marched from Franklin High School to Town Hall and back.

Joan Maki, who has served Macon County in the past as an educator helped organize the event.


As the school year begins, more than 700,000 students will be transported on school buses each day across North Carolina. Nationally, more than 450,000 public school buses travel about 4.3 billion miles a year to transport over 23.5 million children to and from school and school-related activities. Macon County students go back to school on Monday, Aug. 26.

The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is when children get on and off the bus. Loading and unloading is where children are in the most danger of not being seen by the bus driver.


Patrol unit demonstrates procedure for DWI arrest.

The patrol division of the Sheriff's Office is comprised of 24 officers who are on call for citizens of Macon County 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Even when they are not actively on duty patrolling all the roads in the county, each officer is afforded a take home vehicle that allows officers to be reached around the clock if needed. Under Lieutenant Ken Lane, the patrol unit works continuously to patrol the streets of Macon County to keep the community safe. The patrol unit is separated into five divisions of the county and officers are assigned to a different division each shift.


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