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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.


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.


Operation C.A. R. E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) is about Highway Patrol and State Police agencies who have joined together in the endeavor of reducing human suffering on our highways, particularly during the national holidays.

Operation C.A.R.E. includes a public information and education campaign as well as strict, consistent enforcement during selected holidays by participating law enforcement agencies. This campaign has resulted in increased compliance with traffic laws and a reduction of collision- related deaths and injuries.


Richard S. (“Dick”) Jones Jr., of the Franklin law firm Jones, Key, Melvin & Patton, P.A., received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina State Bar at its recent Annual Meeting in Raleigh.

The DSA is one of the highest honors awarded by the State Bar as it seeks to recognize those who have both cultivated knowledge of the law and enhanced public confidence in the law.

Among several criteria for the award is the devotion of professional time and resources to ensure equal access to justice for all those who, because of economic or social barriers, cannot afford or secure adequate legal counsel. Jones grew up in Franklin during the Great Depression and his mother served on the county’s ration board. His father had served as a North Carolina State Senator but was primarily a practicing lawyer in Franklin. His grandfather (George A. Jones), prior to his service as a Superior Court Judge, started the law firm in Franklin that continues to this day.


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