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Since 2010, bow hunters have been allowed to hunt on Sundays on private land. Falconry has also been allowed on Sundays on both private and public lands, but a debate in the North Carolina legislator may soon open the doors to allow for all types of hunting on private lands on Sundays.

If North Carolina were to pass either Senate Bill 658, or House Bill 640, the state would join 39 other states in the country that allow hunting on Sundays. Both pieces of proposed legislation would only allow Sunday hunting on private property.

Commissioner Paul Higdon brought the legislation to the attention of the board of commissioners last week and asked that the board take a stance opposing the measure. In a 4-1 vote, the board of commissioners decided to send a letter to Senator Jim Davis and Representative Roger West voicing their opposition of the bill to allow hunting on Sundays. Commissioner Jim Tate was the lone nay vote, and said he did so because growing up, he would often hunt in Georgia with his family on Sundays and supported the practice.

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A state loan weighing in just shy of $3 million is one step closer to being secured for Macon County Schools. Tuesday night, County Manager Derek Roland informed the board of commissioners that the $2.9 million QZAB (Qualified Zone Academy Bonds) loan needed to repair Union Academy and Highlands School is moving forward.

After concerns surrounding collateral for the loan and the required in-kind match, Roland informed the board that those issues were resolved and the project is moving forward. Commissioners voted to send the QZAB application on to the Local Government Commission for consideration.

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Just days after bringing a child into the world, you strap them up and put them in a car seat for the journey home. Whether it is your first child or your fifth, making sure you are up-to-date and educated an proper car seat safety will be one of the first responsibilities you have to your newborn.

Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car accidents. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 650 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 148,000 were injured in 2011.

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Last week, in honor of National Public Health Week, the Macon County Board of Commissioners signed a resolution proclaiming April as Public Health Month in Macon County.

The resolution, which was presented to the board by the health department, encourages families in the community to get active. "We call upon the people of Macon County, NC to observe this by helping our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers and leaders better understand the value of public health and adopt preventive lifestyles habits in light of this year's theme, "Public Health: Start Here.""

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