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Macon Early College 2012 graduate Ethan Edwards went to Raleigh this summer to represent the Western North Carolina Early Colleges, specifically Macon Early College, at the annual New Schools Summer Institute Conference.

Edwards, 19, will return to North Carolina State University on Friday to prepare for his sophomore semester with the Wolfpack where he is studying mechanical engineering. Edwards began attending MEC in 2008 and graduated in 2012 as the class valedictorian. In addition to his high school diploma, because of the unique opportunities at MEC, Edwards also graduated summa cum laude with an Associates Degree from Southwestern Community College. While attending MEC, Edwards made a commitment to his community by becoming an active member of the Clarks Chapel Community Development Organization, Clarks Chapel United Methodist Church and was an Eagle Scout.


Students in Macon County will now have to pay for the driver's education course. During the July meeting of the Macon County Board of Education, members unanimously voted to implement a $20 registration fee for the online driver's education course.

According to Macon County's driving instructor Alton Sutton, the school system was responsible for a a nonrefundable $20 registration fee per student to take the online course. "Since we started having to pay for the course in 2011, about 150 students have not completed the course for one reason or another, costing the school system to lose about $3,000," said Sutton.


Shoppers around North Carolina will have the chance to participate in the state's tax free weekend Aug. 2-4, but it will be for the last time. As part of a tax reform measure that was recently signed into law, the event that has been in place for more than ten years will come to an end.

Sen. Jim Davis, who represents Macon County, supported most parts of Gov. Pat McCrory's budget.

“This is one of the ways that we are trying to make the tax code in North Carolina simpler,” he said. “We're just closing another loop-hole.”


North Carolina’s new Tag and Tax Together program is officially under way and the first combined tag and tax notices are being mailed to drivers with September vehicle registration renewals.

The new bills will reflect both vehicle property tax information from counties and other taxing jurisdictions, as well as vehicle registration and inspection information. Drivers used to pay for tags and taxes separately. The new “Tag & Tax Together” program will require one payment for both bills. Both tag renewals and tax payments must be paid in full to renew vehicle registration.

An easy-to-read map of the combined notice posted on the DMV website shows where property tax information is listed and how to find vehicle registration facts. After receiving your entire payment, NCDMV will renew your vehicle registration and forward the property tax portion of your payment directly to your county revenue office.


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