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Attempt to save Franklin’s LBJ Job Corps Center

The Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps (LBJ) has been a vital resource to Macon County for decades. Since 2006, students at LBJ have contributed nearly $2 million in renovations and improvements to countless projects in the county.

From cleaning up trash at Franklin High School after football games to constructing railings at Macon County's Veteran's Park, to planting trees and landscape at schools all over the district, LBJ has partnered with the county to use the vocational training taught at the facility to improve the community.

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The North Carolina Utilities Commission has announced public hearings across the state to solicit input over the Duke Energy rate increase proposal. Franklin will host a hearing for the increase for Macon and surrounding counties on May 21 at 7 p.m. at the Macon County Courthouse.

The public hearing in Franklin will mark the second time that the Utilities Commission has used Macon County as the host for the only public hearing in far western North Carolina, the first being last year regarding Duke Energy's first increase proposal.

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U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, Chair of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, yesterday received the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA) from Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus. The DPSA is the highest honor for a non-Navy individual and is awarded based on contributions and accomplishments that have had impact on the Navy and beyond.

“As a Senator from North Carolina, I am honored to receive the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Navy,” said Hagan.

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With so many news headlines focusing on the the nationwide debate of gun laws, many places throughout the country have seen the sale of ammunition and firearms increase substantially. Many North Carolinians are not fully aware of the state's laws concerning firearms and what they can and cannot do.

In N.C., there are few laws that restrict rifles and shotguns and none that demand owners of any type of gun to register them, including handguns. According to federal law, convicted felons may not own a firearm, therefore making it illegal in N.C. as well.

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