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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."


As the summer months come to an end, the State Highway Patrol along with the Wildlife Resources Commission and the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division are reminding you to be safe as the Labor Day holiday weekend approachs.

Troopers, Wildlife Resources Officers and ALE agents will be combining efforts this weekend ensuring that motorists and boaters are safely enjoying the last summer travel holiday weekend. Law enforcement officers will be conducting various driving while impaired checkpoints near parks and water recreational areas across the state.

Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 278 fatal collisions and over 8,500 injury collisions during the summer months. This included 88 fatal collisions and 913 injury collisions due to impaired driving.

The Labor Day campaign will begin on Saturday, Aug. 31, and end on Monday, Sept. 2.

Residents of Macon County were invited to attend a “town hall” type meeting at the Franklin High School Fine Arts Center with Republican Congressman Mark Meadows, representative of Macon and 16 other Western North Carolina counties in the 11th district, in the United States House of Representatives.

Supporters of Meadows and Bob Penland who serves as the Outreach Coordinator for the Congressman greeted attendees.

“We're so thankful to have you here,” he said with a firm handshake while waiting for the event to begin.

According to Meadows, he is one of the only representatives in Congress who is meeting with members of his district at a series of town hall meetings. Meadows said he and his staff have just passed 20,000 responses to emails and letters in the span of seven and a half months. Upon taking the stage, he reiterated his commitment to the 11th district by reinforcing his stance on a representative government.


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