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Petition involving Macon County School District calendar

The lawsuit involving the Macon County School System that was filed earlier this summer by the non-profit organization, Save Our Summers—North Carolina (SOSNC) and Macon County parent, Sabrina Hawkins, was withdrawn on Monday.

According to Macon County Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman, now that the petition has been withdrawn, the school system can shift its focus to better educate the children within the county. “We are relieved that we can continue focusing on teaching and are able to save the money that we would have had to spend on legal counsel to better serve our students,” said Brigman.

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The Highway Patrol ended its “Operation Stop Arm” campaign on Friday, Oct. 21. The campaign which began on Monday, Oct. 17, was focused on promoting traffic safety around North Carolina schools, school buses and school bus stops. During the week long campaign, troopers across the state looked for violations in and near school zones as well as followed school buses looking for motorists who failed to stop for the school bus stop arm law. Troopers drove marked and unmarked patrol cars during the operation.

During the week-long enforcement campaign, troopers followed more than 950 school buses across the state to remind motorists of the dangers that exist in and around school buses and school zones. Troopers issued numerous citations to motorists who failed to stop for a school bus.

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Jackson authorities arrested several individuals from Graham, Haywood and Swain counties last Wednesday on charges related to the sale of methamphetamine.

According to a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office statement released on Oct. 20, county deputies obtained a search warrant on Oct. 19 for the residence of 38-year-old Danny William Ratliff.

At approximately 10:15 p.m., Jackson deputies and agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation executed the search warrant at Ratliff’s home on 333 Barkers Creek Road in the Qualla Community of Jackson County, where they found an active methamphetamine laboratory.

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Macon County residents and citizens from across the Western North Carolina region arrived at the Macon County Courthouse Wednesday night to offer their testimony on the proposed Duke Energy rate increases. A number of people spoke out at the judicial hearing, jumping on the opportunity to voice their concerns to Duke Energy representatives.

Last July, Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC filed an application with the North Carolina Utilities Commission requesting to increase its rates by approximately 15.2 percent. The latter percentage does not include impacts from riders and chargers that have been approved by, or are pending before the N.C. Utilities Commission. In conjunction with the riders and chargers, the rate request amounts to an approximate 17 percent increase.

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published: 10/18/2013
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