61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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The recommendations from the state task force on ex-offender reintegration represent a big step toward safer communities and second chances for North Carolinians, observers say.

For two years, the NC legislature’s Joint Select Committee on Ex-Offender Reintegration into Society has debated how best to address the problems of recidivism and the reintegration of ex-offenders into society.

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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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