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Since a new salvage yard reporting law went into effect a month ago, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles’ License and Theft Bureau has received 41 reports of stolen vehicles, stopping 22 from being sold to salvage yards and confiscating 19 following sales.

The new law requires salvage yards and metal recyclers to verify vehicle information before selling parts or crushing vehicles they buy. Of those identified, the Bureau and several local law enforcement agencies have recovered 33 vehicles and also uncovered three fictitious IDs still under investigation. Additionally, the Bureau is beginning to receive reports of illegal activities in buying and selling junked cars.

“This is a great example of how one new law has already made a big difference in a very short amount of time,” said Motor Vehicles Commissioner Kelly J. Thomas. He said the number of vehicles stolen in North Carolina during 2012 totaled more than 15,876.


Another year comes to a close and the country as well as the state has experienced a year of ups and downs. We saw the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and President Obama's fight with the United States Congress to keep in moving forward.

We saw a house divided when it came time for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and their attempts to reach a deal on the budget in order to avoid default and we were helpless as the sequester tightened around various aspects of our lives.


Recognizing the dedication and willingness to serve the residents of Macon County, each year the Macon County Sheriff’s Department holds an annual banquet to honor the outstanding men and women in law enforcement. In appreciation of local law enforcement, Congressman Mark Meadows attended the MCSO annual banquet at the Dillard House. Meadows thanked Macon County law enforcement officers for their sacrifices made by the officers and their families and assisted Holland in presenting the awards.

The Macon County Sheriff’s Department named Joshua Stewart Deputy of the Year during their annual banquet.


Moody appointed to two-year term

When voters took to the polls in the Sylva Municipal election, they voted to elect Christina Matheson as the new mayor, but when it came time for Matheson to take her Oath of Office, she had other plans in mind. Matheson, who started her professional career as a lawyer, turned down the position as Mayor of Sylva to accept a position with the District Attorney’s Office.

Because Matheson decided against taking the mayor's seat, Sylva’s Town Board voted to unanimously reinstate long time Mayor Maurice Moody to another term in office. “Maurice will serve two years until the next election,” explained Sylva Town Manager Paige Roberson. “In the 2015 election, someone will be elected to the mayor’s seat to serve the remaining two years of the term. In 2017, the election schedule will resume as normal.”


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