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On Wednesday, Feb 1st, Pat McCroy (left in photo) visited WNC to announce his candidacy to be Governor of North Carolina.

Pat Margo (right in photo) represented the Republican Party of Clay County and former Macon County GOP Chairman Gary Dills (center) represented the Party in Macon County.

Almost two hundred people attended the event at the Cedars in Hendersonville.

A Macon County couple was discovered dead by their family when they returned home last Thursday evening in a case that investigators are referring to as an alleged murder-suicide.

Emergency 911 dispatch received an emergency phone call last Thursday evening, Feb. 2, from the address of 909 Little Hogback Mountain Lane. The caller stated that he had discovered his in-laws, Kenneth and Fran Simmons, along with the family dog, dead in their home from apparent gunshot wounds. The caller believed his mother-in-law had shot Mr. Kenneth Simmons and the dog, and later killed herself.

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County insists on evaluating economic impact.

At their first meeting of the new year on Jan. 31, Airport Authority members agreed that keeping an accurate database of planes coming in and out of the airport is a good idea, believing it will show how valuable the facility is to the local economy. After receiving a $2.3 million grant from federal aviation funds, allocated out by the NCDOT Division of Aviation, county commissioners doled out over $200,000 to match the federal grant. The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the match, but asked Airport Authority chairman, Milles Gregory, if the Authority could keep an accurate record of the number of planes using the facility. In early January, Gregory told board members that they would be more than willing to take up the task.

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Senator Davis says no way.

First-term North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue (Democrat), who announced last week that she will not seek a second term in office, recently proposed a 3/4 cent sales tax increase in order to prevent deeper cuts to public schools for the 2012/13 fiscal year. A one cent sales tax hike was previously enacted by the 2009-2010 General Assembly as a way to offset declining revenues caused by the Great Recession. The GOP campaigned on killing the tax increase during the 2010 electoral season, and eventually swept into office for the first time in more than a century.

 

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