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The United States economy appears to be making a comeback, with several months of private sector job growth and the amount of people filing for unemployment benefits slowly decreasing. Yet, as many Americans read and hear about the economy propping back up from the brink, they are watching gas prices soar. According to AAA, gas prices have risen $.49 cents this year alone, and with North Carolina’s gas tax just over 39 cents per gallon, Tar Heels are strongly feeling the effects of the rising demand for fossil fuels throughout the world.

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The community-wide initiative, Read2Me, which is geared toward promoting early literacy for children throughout the county, is teaming up with North Carolina author, Gloria Houston, to bring her book Littlejm to the pages of Macon County's free independent newspaper, the Macon County News.

Read2Me is a public awareness campaign geared towards encouraging the community at large to become highly invested in promoting children learning to read early in order to help all children realize their potential in school and in life.

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Ricky Snyder
Democratic Challenger: District Three

Can you tell Macon County News a little about your background?

“I currently manage two apartment communities: Oak Forest Apartments is a Section 8 Elderly for senior citizens 62 and older, and Orchard View Apartments a Tax Credit (Affordable Housing community). I have been in Housing for about 30 years, the last 13 years at these properties. Affordable housing has been for me a way to help families with low income housing. I am very knowledgeable in housing and in the construction industry. I have certifications in HVAC (Heating and Air conditioning), Blue Print Reading, Electrical Controls, and Home Inspection.

 

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The state General Assembly passed a smoke free law in 2009 that banned smoking in all public bars and restaurants in North Carolina. If an establishment wants to accommodate smokers, they must provide an outside area for smokers to use. The law took effect on January 2, 2010.

State legislators were pressed to pass the law after research indicated that secondhand smoke has been proven to cause cancer, heart disease, and asthma attacks in both smokers and nonsmokers. The law sought to eliminate this problem for non-smoking citizens.

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