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Even though the sale of synthetic marijuana is legal in Macon County, Sheriff Robert Holland says that illegal versions of the drug are being sold and it is a problem that his department is currently taking measures against.

“We are aware it is an issue and a problem and we are taking measures to address it,” said Holland. “It is very difficult when you are talking about chemical compounds and scientific makeup of the substances.”

Synthetic marijuana, which is sold under many names including K2, incense, and Spice, is typically a blend of herbal mixtures that when consumed create effects similar to cannabis, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The product can be found in gas stations and in smoke shops. The packaging for the substance clearly states "not for human consumption," but people often buy them for their psychoactive effects.

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The Division of Employment Security (DES) will be expanding the weekly process by which unemployment insurance claimants certify they are eligible for benefits. This is another effort on the Division’s part to strengthen the state’s unemployment insurance program and emphasize a commitment on fraud prevention.

Weekly certification is the process used to verify that the claimant was unemployed during the week and is eligible for benefits. A claimant will need to certify for eligibility for every week that they want to receive a benefit payment. This certification can be filed through the Internet and over the phone.

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State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has announced that state and local law enforcement officers will be out in force as part of the Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign. Checkpoints and stepped-up patrols will be conducted beginning Friday, Dec. 7, through Wednesday, Jan. 2, across North Carolina in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the roads.

“Make the responsible decision to designate a driver if you plan to drink this holiday season,” Conti said. “The choice you make could save a life.”

In 2011, there were more than 950 alcoholrelated crashes in North Carolina during the holiday campaign, which ran from Dec. 3 through Jan. 2, resulting in 44 fatalities and 702 injuries.

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Josie Sanctis of Charlotte, N.C., was crowned Mrs. North Carolina 2013 Saturday night Oct. 27, at the Charles Mack Citizen Center Theatre, Mooresville in front of a sellout crowd. Sanctis, 28, is a graduate of Appalachian State University and was a Kappa Delta sorority member. She is a Regional Sales Executive for Align Networks in the Carolinas and has been married for two years to Andrew Sanctis.

“Josie is a role model for all the women of North Carolina with her positive goal oriented can do attitude. She is constantly giving back to her community and bringing awareness to Trichotillomania disorder, a condition affecting her and one she will champion as Mrs. North Carolina,” according to Frederick Galle, director for Mrs. America and Executive Director for Mrs. North Carolina.

Sanctis is the granddaughter of Sonny and Ann Warren, residents of Clarks Chapel Community in Franklin.

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