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Lightning illuminated the sky Sunday near Western Carolina University as thunderstorms rumbled through the area bringing much needed rain.

Weather has made the news across the nation as record high temperatures have produced sweltering conditions in the Southeast and the mid-Atlantic region.

Locally, Sunday night’s storm resulted in power outages for more than 2,000 homes and some downed trees.

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During their June meeting, Sylva's Town Board said good-bye to two-term Commissioner Stacy Knotts. Knotts, who informed the board in January she would be leaving in June, is leaving the board to move with her husband Gibbs Knotts who accepted a position as a Political Science Department Chair at the College of Charleston.

“I want to thank my fellow board members, the outstanding staff at the Town of Sylva, and the residents of Sylva for the support,” said Knotts. “It has been an honor to serve in this position.”

According to Knotts, she first campaigned to work toward making Sylva an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. “I accomplished many of my goals during my time in office,” said Knotts. “My three proudest accomplishments were the roles I played in getting curbside recycling, the much needed sidewalk from Sylva to Dillsboro, and the Bridge Park, which has been a great gathering place for the community.”

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Colonel Michael Gilchrist, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol announced the No Texting, Just Driving educational awareness campaign at a press conference recently at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The new campaign is a safety initiative designed to educate the motoring public on the dangers of distracted driving, particularly texting while driving with the hopes of reducing traffic fatalities and injuries.

Troopers across the state will focus on the dangers of texting while driving to the public through various means such as radio and television public service announcements, “No Texting, Just Driving” presentations, as well as the distribution of educational awareness literature to include campaign specific posters, windshield stickers, pledge cards and other informational items.

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After six years in Macon County, Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman sat with members of the Macon County Board of Education for the last time during Monday night's regularly scheduled board meeting.

Dr. Brigman, who has served as superintendent since 2006, will assume his new position in Catawba County as their superintendent on July 1.

On behalf of the board, School Board Chair Tommy Cabe presented Dr. Brigman with a plaque Monday night recognizing his dedication and service to the students and school system.

“Thank you Dr. Brigman for everything that you have done for the students in Macon County,” said Cabe. “I came to the board right before Dr. Brigman and under his leadership this board has been able to make great strides for public education in our community.”

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