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After approving the 2013-14 school year budget resolution that sits hghghgh less than last school year and does not include any sort of pay raise for teachers and approving 14 different fund raisers to generate money for this from field trips to school uniforms, the Macon County Board of Education were given daunting news regarding teacher salaries in the state.

While North Carolina has been identified as 46th in the state for overall teacher pay, Angie Cook informed the board Monday night that based on research published in December 2012 from the National Education Association (NEA), North Carolina sits dead last in teacher salary growth.


Earlier this month, the North Carolina General Assembly reconvened for the purpose of overriding the two vetoes that Governor Pat McCrory made concerning House Bill 392 and House Bill 786.

House Bill 392, which was originally passed by the General Assembly on July 10, will require applicants to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to be drug tested if a social services worker suspects that they are abusing drugs.

TANF, or Work First as it is called in North Carolina, is a federally funded grant program that allows states to create and administer their own assistance programs. It is a program where parents can get short-term job training and other services to help them become employed and selfsufficient. Most recipients have two years to complete the program. Macon County is one of seven counties in the state that utilizes the program.


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.


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