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The Quilts of Valor Committee of the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild of Franklin, along with members of Misty Mountain Quilters Guild from Blairsville, Ga., and the Cashiers Guild presented Quilts of Valor to members of the North Carolina National Guard's 210th Military Police Company during their company's Christmas party in Sylva on Sunday, Dec. 8.

The men and women, who came from all over North Carolina and several adjacent states, were able to choose their quilt from more than 80 quilts on display. Following the presentation ceremony, guild members wrote the name of each recipient on their quilt, wrapped them in their quilt and thanked them for their service, sacrifice, and valor.


Concord Police Department authorities are looking for public assistance in locating Hunter Millikin, a 16-year-old female who was reported missing Nov. 19, 2013.

Hunter Millikin was last seen on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 at home.

Hunter Millikin is described as 5’3” tall and weighs 116 lbs., with long straight brown hair and brown eyes. She has a double earlobe scar on the right side where she had an earlobe sewn together in corrective surgery. Earlobe is noticeably smaller on right side. Her ears are pierced and she wears big silver hoop earrings.

Hunter is a beloved daughter and friends and family members are pleading with the public to help bring her home.

If anyone has information leading to Hunter’s location, contact Det. Beacor at the Concord Police Department at (704) 920-5000 or private investigator Marty Folding at (910) 612-3508; Chuck Foreman (512)644-9856 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Eric Rudolph, the Western North Carolina-based terrorist who became one of the FBI’s most-wanted suspects after a string of bombings in the 1990s, is giving away his version of his life story. His self-published autobiography, which was briefly for sale earlier this year, is now freely available online.

On Dec. 17, the Virginia-based Army of God, a radical anti-abortion group that has served as Rudolph’s conduit to the outside world since he was sentenced to life in prison in 2005, posted Rudolph’s book, “Between the Lines of Drift: Memoirs of a Militant,” on its website.

In the 248-page work, Rudolph detailed key stages of his life and the bombings he conducted in Atlanta and Birmingham. He also described his years on the run, in a kind of survivalist tutorial. He explained how he stole explosives from an Ashevillearea business to wreak havoc elsewhere.


Changes to state taxes that affect utilities should result in lower power rates for consumers, Attorney General Cooper told the Utilities Commission in a recent filing.

“Overall lower taxes paid by utilities ought to mean lower bills for their customers,” Cooper said. “We’re asking the Utilities Commission to make sure that’s the case.”

Increases in certain taxes paid by utilities should be more than made up for by reductions in other taxes, and the savings should be passed along to utility customers, Cooper argued in comments filed by the Attorney General’s Office late Monday.


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