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An upcoming requirement for commercial drivers aimed at making the roads safer will go into effect Jan. 30, 2014. That’s when the state’s commercial drivers must meet a federal regulation to report to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. Commercial drivers who don’t meet the deadline could risk losing their privilege to drive any vehicle in the state.

Since the regulation became effective in 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has provided two years for commercial drivers to certify whether they drive interstate or intrastate and for what purpose. If required, they must also provide their current DOT medical card to NCDMV by the 2014 deadline.


NCPacks4Patriots is providing a taste and touch of home to those serving our country in combat zones. The holidays are the hardest times to be away from your family and friends, so let’s show our troops how much their service is appreciated by sharing a bit of home with them.

Items needed:

  • Small Christmas trees (1-3 ft)
  • Lightweight unbreakable ornaments, garland, lights, wall hangings
  • Stockings and holiday treat bags filled with toiletries, snacks, small gifts like socks, handheld video games, card games, puzzle books, DVDs, CDs, hand and foot warmers.
  • Holiday-themed DVDs, CDs of holiday music
  • Financial support to mail packages


Last week, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released the standardized test scores for the 2012- 2013 academic school year. The data uses a culmination of both standardized end-of-grade and end-of-course tests to determine the performance of area students. The results showed that both Macon and Jackson counties fall just behind the state average of 44.7.

With an overall score of 43.4, the Macon County School District fares better than neighboring Jackson County, which sits at 42.4 passing rate.


As the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service nears its centennial celebration, the organization is holding a series of 12 listening sessions across the state in November and December 2013. Cooperative Extension, which provides educational programs in 4- H, Agriculture, Family & Consumer Sciences and Community Development to citizens in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, is seeking public input as the organization launches a strategic planning initiative for the future. Residents of Macon County are invited to attend the listening sessions. The listening session closest to Macon County will be at Swain County Technology and Training Center, 45 East Ridge Road in Bryson City. The session will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6:30 till 8:30 p.m.


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