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Last weekend, Young Democrats across the state attempted to highlight solutions to combat growing poverty in North Carolina as part of the “Bootstraps Tour.” Through their efforts more than 1,000 pounds of food have been collected for local food banks.

Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC) chapters in counties from Macon to New Hanover participated and helped YDNC collect the food items. A caravan of Young Democrats traveled across the state from Franklin to Fort Fisher. Stops on the tour included Franklin, Asheville, Forest City, Charlotte, Greeensboro, Raleigh, Greenville and Wilmington.

“North Carolina’s General Assembly has ‘cut off the bootstraps’ of the working-class and the poor by passing bills to kill jobs and rip holes in the social safety net,” said Macon County resident and Young Democrats of North Carolina National Committeeman Justin Conley. “Public education – the most important path out of poverty – is on the chopping block.”


Last Saturday, Franklin joined major cities across the state in an effort to bring awareness to the disease of drug addiction. North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC), a grassroots public health organization, hosted six events statewide in Asheville, Fayetteville, Franklin, Greensboro, Hickory and Chapel Hill. In Franklin, Saturday's event was held at Full Circle Recovery Center (FCRC).

The events consisted of a screening of a short documentary about drug overdose called “Reach for Me,” a brief overview of the epidemic, and a candle-light vigil with opportunities for attendees to remember their loved ones aloud.


North Carolina consumers cannot afford another increase in their power bills, Attorney General Roy Cooper said Wednesday, Aug. 21, soon after his office filed to oppose Duke Energy’s latest request for higher rates.

“People are already struggling to pay their bills and utilities want to raise rates yet again,” Cooper said. “We’ll continue to fight these increases that fail to adequately take consumers into account.”

Cooper filed with the North Carolina Utilities Commission to oppose the latest rate hike request by Duke Energy Carolinas, which could increase rates by 4.5 percent for the first two years and then 5.1 percent after that.


Three Macon County commissioners traveled to Guilford County last week to take part in the 106th Annual North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Conference. "It was a great and informative week," said Commissioner Ronnie Beale who attended the conference along with Commission Chair Kevin Corbin and Commissioner Jimmy Tate. "It is always good to see what other counties are doing and to keep that communication open. I was proud to be there representing the people of Macon County."


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