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Bill now heads for governor’s desk

House Bill 813, a bill that would make it illegal to possess, manufacture, sell, use, and deliver synthetic cannabinoids has passed the North Carolina General Assembly much to the delight of many Macon County residents.

The synthetic cannabinoids, more commonly referred to as synthetic marijuana or “incense,” have garnered a lot of attention in the past few years. Incidents of pain and chaos have filled news headlines, but as of recently, a movement headed by local young people to outlaw the drug has stolen the attention.


AG Cooper still promises an appeal

Customers of Duke Energy will soon see their bills increase as a result of the North Carolina Utilities Commission's decision to allow its last request for a rate hike. The commission approved a 7.5 percent increase in utility rates for consumers.

Duke had sought the increases as a means to pay for upgrades to facilities that have been becoming increasingly outdated over the years, many that were built before or around World War II.


Unemployment rates in Western North Carolina fell between March and April across each of the 18 westernmost counties of the state, according to data released by the N.C. Division of Employment Security.

Even though the county still has the second-highest unemployment rate in the state, Swain County posted the largest over-the-month drop, from 16.5 percent to 14.6 percent.


Tool is available on official NCDMV website

Just in time for the mailing of the first combined “Tag & Tax Together” bills on July 1, North Carolina vehicle owners are getting a new tool to help them understand how the new program works.

The “Vehicle Property Tax Estimator” calculates the property tax for individual vehicles based on their identification, age and address. The estimator is located on the official DMV website and can be easily accessed for use by vehicle owners, car dealers and those registering their vehicles online.


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