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Administration of drug could save lives from overdose.

In 2013, 40,000 overdoses occurred in North Carolina, 1,000 of which were accounted for in Macon County resulting in six deaths. That number may soon decrease as the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition is working to distribute naloxone or Narcan, to law enforcement and other interested agencies across the state.

Robert Childs, head of the NC Harm Reduction Coalition, spoke to law enforcement, emergency personnel and other organization Monday morning about naloxone, a drug that dramatically reverses the effects of opiates. The drug that is available to the public comes in three forms: a needle to be filled with the medication, a preloaded component, or a nasal spray.


Macon County Commissioners got an in depth look into the school system's proposed budget last Thursday when the Board of Education and the Board of Commissioners convened in a joint meeting at Iotla Valley Elementary.

Macon County School Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin presented county leaders with a line item budget, highlighting financial concerns of the school district's local budget.

Based on historical information presented by Baldwin, since the 2011-12 school year, budgetary items within the school district have been reduced by $1,317,689. Budget line items such as athletics were reduced by $70,351, while others, such as technology, were reduced by $243,315.


State boasts $400 million surplus at Raleigh meeting.

While addressing hundreds of North Carolina county leaders for the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners County Assembly Day, Governor Pat McCrory announced that this fiscal year, the state government expects to tally $400 million surplus. Previous consensus budget forecasts predicted a revenue shortfall of $271 million for the fiscal year.

According to Gov. McCrory, the surplus can be attributed to a 2013 tax law change that lowered income tax rates, narrowed deductions, and slightly expanded the sales tax base. Sales tax revenue has increased this year as well. Earlier this month, it was announced that the state has paid off a $2.8 billion unemployment insurance debt to the federal government.


Group seeks to support town’s remaining festivals.

With fewer festivals on the calendar for Franklin this summer, the Tourism Development Authority (TDA) made it a point to ensure adequate support was provided for the ones that are scheduled.

Between two different grant requests, the TDA approved $2,530 to support the Taste of Scotland festival set for Father's Day weekend, June 19-21.

"I think with the Taste of Scotland being one of the only festivals we have scheduled this summer, we need to be sure and support it," said board member Matt Bateman.


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