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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."


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.

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