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State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced that state and local law enforcement officers will be out in force as part of the Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign.

Checkpoints and stepped-up patrols will be conducted beginning Saturday, Dec. 3 through Monday, Jan. 2, across North Carolina in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the roads.

“Please plan ahead and designate a sober driver this season so everyone can make it home safe over the holidays,” Conti said.

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State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced that more than 3,600 drivers and passengers were cited for seat belt and child passenger safety violations during the Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which was held Nov. 21-27.

“The department is committed to educating motorists about the importance of wearing a seat belt,” said Conti. “Campaigns such as this one are imperative to getting this message out, and I thank all of the law enforcement agencies for participating in this campaign aimed at saving lives.”

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Need help, but don’t know where to turn? Now thanks to a joint effort between the Duke Energy Foundation and the county commissioners in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties, there is a simple place to turn to get answers. Call NC 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 service is operated by the United Way of North Carolina and is available from any cell phone or land line in Western North Carolina.

2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The call is free and the information you provide is confidential. Any language you speak can be translated. By dialing this simple number, you can speak to a referral specialist who will help you find services such as food, housing, utility assistance, counseling, health care, child care, senior services, and volunteer opportunities.

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Western Carolina University will honor its fall graduating class, and recognize a group of graduates who received their degrees after this year’s summer school sessions, as the university holds fall commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17.

The ceremony at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center is open to everyone and no tickets are required for admission. Chancellor David O. Belcher will preside over his first commencement as the university’s chief executive officer and deliver the charge to the fall semester degree candidates and summer graduates.

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