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Think spring and consider fruit-bearing plants in your landscape. The Macon County 4-H Council is taking orders for raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, and strawberry plants, grape vine, and peach, pear, cherry, and apple trees. These plants are bare root, except for blueberries, and come directly from the nursery. Place your orders by February 20 with Cooperative Extension at 193 Thomas Heights Road. Order blanks are online at macon.ces.ncsu.edu. Just drop off your order at the Agricultural Services Center. Plants will be available for pick-up March 7 and 8 at the Agricultural Services Center.

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The staff attorney for the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a national organization dedicated to preserving the Constitutional separation of church and state, has sent a second formal letter to Macon County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Dan Brigman, requesting that he “refrain from including religious references in email correspondence from your official public school account or on future blog postings.”

The letter from the nonprofit organization, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), is the second response Dr. Brigman has received this school year, the first letter being a direct response to the sermon delivered last June by Rev. Daniel “Cowboy” Stewart during a commencement address given at Nantahala School.

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State Senator Jim Davis (R-50) recently filed his bid for re-election, knowing he is facing an uphill battle against Democratic challenger John Snow (D-Murphy) this fall. In the new legislative districts drawn up by GOP state legislators, Davis lost the Republican stronghold of Transylvania County and received all of Haywood County, a county that happens to include a lot of Democratic voters. The change will undoubtedly affect his desire to serve a second term. Nevertheless, Davis formally launched his campaign at the Macon County Board of Elections last Wednesday, Feb. 15th.

When asked what his campaign would focus on, Davis responded with one word, “spending.” With so many existing problems with the state’s finances, Davis wants to continue serving in order to help North Carolina “pay our bills” and to secure the state’s fiscal solvency for the long-term.

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District Attorney Jeff Hunt, a candidate for the 11th District Republican nomination, made his run for Congress official by filing paperwork with the North Carolina Board of Elections. In a statement at the announcement, Hunt outlined his reasons for running and what his platform will be as the campaign moves toward the May 8th primary.

“I’m running for Congress because we must send representatives to Washington who are serious about reducing the debt and stopping deficit spending. We must regain control of our nation’s finances or we simply won’t have the same country we have known” said Hunt.

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