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Mary Tallent, CIC, of Wayah Insurance Group was recently recognized for professional leadership and advanced knowledge by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC), a leading national insurance professional organization.

Tallent was awarded a certificate marking more than 15 years of participation as a designated CIC, which requires annual completion of advanced education and training.

“Mary’s ongoing allegiance and support of the CIC Program is a testament to the value she places on “real world” education and customer satisfaction. Your clients, associates, and the insurance profession as a whole will benefit from such dedication,” cited Dr. William T. Hold, CIC, CPCU, CLU, President of the Society of CIC.

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Southwestern Community College's Small Business Center and The Franklin Chamber of Commerce are hosting a seminar by Martin Brossman entitled “Building Your Web Presence” on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 1:30 p.m. in the Boardroom of the Groves Center on SCC's Macon Campus.

So you have a website, but it is not being found? As a small business these days, you really need more than just a website. The seminar will cover how to make your site easy for Google to find, and you'll learn tips and techniques to get results. In addition, you'll learn basic information about search engines, social media, webbased directories, and internet marketing. Brossman will also go over free and easy website and blogging options, plus, how to avoid many of the internet scams related to having a website.

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Bids rejected for new ambulances on a technicality

According to Haven, the maintenance is not the only thing that is more costly, but the parts for a Dodge are more than a Ford as well.

Beale said that although the maintenance costs may differ between the two vehicles, another benefit of the Dodge Charger is that the car has been vetted by the Highway Patrol. “The Charger has been used and approved by the State Highway Patrol, so we know what to expect when adding them to our fleet,” said Beale.

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Macon County News reporter travels to the Big Apple.

My historical tour of New York extended well beyond the city's most well known monuments, but encompassed a sense of ambiguity toward the purpose of our visit.

Although Andrew and I have both been to the city multiple times, we still opted to do the typical tourist things like visit Central Park. Now, I was born and raised in Western North Carolina. I grew up barefoot and dirty in these mountains and couldn't imagine living anywhere else in the world. So to just climb on the rocks or lay in the grass of Central Park, seemed like I was getting the short end of the stick. It is inconceivable for me to think that for so many people in Manhattan, the only bit of escape to nature that people have is the acre or so of grass spread beneath the trunks of a few sparse trees. Don't get me wrong, to kick off my flip flops and lay back with my eyes shut, hands behind my head and enjoy the sun beaming through the leaves of an oak tree was therapeutic, but with the faint sound of horns honking and the shuffle of everyday life, it just can't compare to any back yard in Western North Carolina.

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