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United States Postal Service workers rallied nationwide Tuesday, protesting pending Congressional legislation that they believe would unjustly impact their agency. Several USPS workers gathered in front of Franklin’s post office as well, brandishing signs and giving out informational pamphlets to support their cause.

The organization is under serious financial stress, which has led agency administrators and several Congressional members to propose plans to terminate 120,000 postal employees and close nearly 3,700 facilities nationwide. Postal Service workers are now taking their case to the American people, hoping to publicly convey their message about the solvency of their organization.

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Commissioners fear process would adversely affect middle class

It appears that the Macon County Board of Commissioners will push back property revaluations to 2015, going back to the county’s traditional eight-year cycle, which they hope will save middle-class Maconians money. Otherwise, according to County Tax Director Richard Lightner, property taxes would probably increase for many Macon County residents with a 2013 revaluation.

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NC State Health Council members vote unanimously.

The North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) voted to unanimously approve Macon County’s Petition for Adjustment to Need Determination – essentially paving the way for a dialysis center to be built in the county.

Last week Commissioner Ronnie Beale traveled to Raleigh to hear the results of a vote from the Facilities Planning Section of the Health and Human Services Department. The Facilities Planning Section approved the county’s petition and sent it to the SHCC for a final vote.

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New truck turn around and information stations questioned

Macon County residents came out in full force last Thursday to ask questions and get information on proposed truck arounds and information statements heading toward Highlands.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) hosted a workshop for the purpose of soliciting public comment during the project development process, and to inform citizens of four proposed truck information stations and truck turn-around locations along US 64/ NC 28 from US-23/ 441 Franklin to NC-106 in Highlands.

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