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Last Wednesday night, the League of Women Voters in Macon County organized their monthly meeting to take place later than its usual noon program so that local educators could attend and talk about education in Macon County.

Macon County Schools Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin opened the meeting by giving an overview of the school system and the impacts that the newly passed state budget will have on the schools in the upcoming 2014-2015 fiscal year.

“First, the teachers received a welldeserved salary increase for the first time in several years. We're really grateful that teachers are earning more,” said Baldwin. “But it does impact our local budget due to our locally paid employees. We must provide the salary increase for our local employees out of our local appropriation.”

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Authority to decide what to do with leftover money.

On Tuesday evening the Macon County Airport Authority met for its monthly meeting to receive an update on the runway widening project and to get a run down of grants being awarded by the state.

Two weeks ago, the airport was forced to shut down for some essential work on the project, but now it's up and running.

“If you look out there now, you'll see that the runway is, in fact, widened,” said James Luther, Senior Project Manager of W.K. Dickson, the consulting firm who coordinates the airports projects.

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No charges have been filed; search warrant issued

Autopsy results released by the Macon County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday showed that the cause of death for the body found in the Middle Burningtown home on Saturday, Aug. 2, was strangulation. The body of Day Williamson, 71, was found in the upstairs back bedroom following a fire that destroyed the home. Although the body was recovered after the fire was put out, the findings of strangulation as a cause of death means that Williamson was deceased before the fire.

Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland said that Charles Andrew Cochran, the inmate that escaped earlier this month remains a prime suspect.

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Two charter buses rolled up town hill last Thursday, carrying county commissioners from across the state. As part of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Annual Conference being held in Asheville, commissioners from all across the Old North State ventured to Macon County, many of which did so for the very first time.

The NCACC's newest president, Macon County Commissioner Ronnie Beale spearheaded the event.

“The visit to Macon County by dozens of county commissioners, along with their families, was important for several reasons,” said Beale.

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