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Macon County Sheriff's Office detective Amy Stewart recently received honors from the North Carolina Department of Justice. The award, the Advanced Deputy Professional Law Enforcement Certificate was presented by the N.C. Sheriff's Education and Training Standards Commission on March 5, 2014.

Stewart, who has worked with the sheriff's office for nearly 20 years, said she was honored to gain the recognition.

“I've worked hard to achieve this, but I did it so that I could have the skills to do my job better and to help the community as much as I can. I look forward to continuing to work hard for the betterment of the area that we live in,” she said.

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The most important job you have as a parent is keeping your child safe. Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car accidents. In the United States during 2011, more than 650 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and more than 148,000 were injured.

The western North Carolina community has come together to help host Buckle Up, Baby!, a free car seat safety clinic to help battle the alarming statistics.

Local law enforcement officers along with Angel Medical Center and Safe Kids NC have teamed up to host Buckle Up, Baby! to provide families in western North Carolina with the opportunity to get their car seat checked by certified car seat technicians.

 

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The Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Highlands Police Department and Franklin Police Department will participate in Operation Medicine Drop (OMD) on Saturday, March 22. OMD is a partnership of Safe Kids North Carolina, NC State Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement agencies, to encourage the disposal of unused, unwanted and expired medications.

OMD helps prevent accidental poisonings, overdoses and drug abuse while protecting our environment. Since 2010, more than 50 million dosage units have been collected.

On Saturday, March 22, medications will be collected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kmart and Walmart in Franklin; and Highlands Pharmacy and Main Street Pharmacy in Highlands.

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Due to a budget shortfall brought on by the Federal budget sequester, Macon County commissioners voted to allocate Macon Program for Progress (MPP) $13,000 in emergency funds.

The $13,000 requested by MPP Executive Director Chuck Sutton, is needed for administrative costs associated with operating the HUD section 8 Rental Assistance Program.

This is the second time commissioners have allocated emergency funds to the program due to a budget shortfall as a result of the sequester. In June, MPP requested $12,000 in anticipation of 30 percent of federal funds being deterred. That request was made based on projected funding levels through the calendar year of 2013. Since the sequester, funding levels have not returned to original amounts, causing another shortfall in administration funds.

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published: 10/18/2013
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