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...during 2010 N.C. highway safety campaigns

State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has announced that state and local law enforcement officers across North Carolina issued 622,413 traffic and criminal citations during highway safety campaigns last year.

Last year’s totals include 16,096 driving while impaired arrests and 51,754 occupant protection citations for safety belt and child passenger safety violations. Officers also issued 174,250 speeding violations and 6,485 recovered fugitives from justice.

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For many, the snow on Christmas Day was a welcomed miracle. But enough is enough. This week, the massive, slow moving storm system, which shut down metropolitan areas all over the southeast, dumped from six inches to over a foot of snow in the western North Carolina region. The snow and icy conditions shut down businesses, public schools and universities. Major roads were dangerous; secondary roads, treacherous; and back roads, nearly impassable.

But it could have been worse. According to Fred Alexander of Duke Energy, there were only 30 to 40 widely scattered power outages reported in Macon County. This was due to the extremely dry conditions after the Sunday night snowfall that kept tree limbs from icing up. “We really dodged a bullet on this one,” Alexander said.

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Newsmakers & Top Headlines of the Year

January through June

A lot has happened in 2010. Nationally, The BP petroleum company had the biggest oil spill yet in the Gulf of Mexico, infuriating the nation as a whole. Healthcare reform was passed expanding coverage for Americans, and Republicans took the House from Democrats after sweeping elections across the nation, buoyed by support from the Tea Party movement.

Macon County had its share of activity this year as well. It saw the construction of a Veteran’s Memorial, the demolition of the Dillsboro Dam, the elections of new politicians and the humanitarian deeds of people coming together locally.

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On Tuesday, at the year’s first regular meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, Kevin Corbin took the oath of office to complete the remainder of Senator Jim Davis’s term on the board. The local insurance agent and past chairman of the Board of Education was unanimously selected by the Executive Committee of the Macon County Republican Party after Davis won his bid for N.C. Senate during the midterm elections in November.

After Corbin was sworn in, he thanked his friends and family for attending the ceremony. He also thanked the Republican Party for the opportunity, in particular Gary Dills, chairman of the executive committee of the Macon County Republican Party, who he said had first approached him about serving the remainder of Davis’s term.

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