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Town, county officials issue twin proclamations to welcome David O. Belcher

Officials from the town of Sylva and Jackson County government issued twin proclamations welcoming David O. Belcher as chancellor of Western Carolina University as activities marking his installation as the university’s new leader hit high gear Monday, March 26.

The proclamations by Maurice Moody, mayor of Sylva, and Jack Debnam, chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, capped a busy Monday of installation-related events that began with a midday performance at WCU by the Catamount Singers and Electric Soul, followed by a dancing flash mob boogying across the Central Plaza as the water fountain affectionately known as the “Cata-Fount” was turned back on for the season.

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The Macon County precincts of Smith Bridge and Flats met to organize and energize democratic and independent voters over breakfast on Saturday.  Guest speakers included candidate for the 50th Senate District, John Snow, and John deVille, vice-president of the Macon County chapter of the North Carolina Association of Educators.

Senate hopeful John Snow discussed that he believes incumbent Jim Davis isn’t working for the people of Western North Carolina.  Snow highlighted how he was an independent-minded advocate for WNC, while Davis was towing the party-line, whether it was to benefit WNC or not.

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The Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin Police Department and Highlands Police Department collected a total of 32,310 dosage units of medication during the third annual Operation Medicine Drop last Saturday, March 24.

Macon County’s Sheriff's Office holds Operation Medicine Drop as part of a statewide event which allows citizens to dispose of unused prescription drugs without being questioned by authorities. The drug take-back event is collecting unused and expired prescription drugs in order to properly and safely dispose of the medications.

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Chester Willette of Otto took the initiative to purchase and install a pro-life billboard along the Georgia Road on 441 South.

Willette worked with the free National Life Center Hotline out of New Jersey to develop the billboard to bring awareness and rally support for the pro-life cause in Macon County.

 

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