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Candidates for North Carolina 50th District State Senate district incumbent Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and former Democratic State Sen. John Snow of Murphy were guests at the August meeting of the Macon County League of Women Voters (LWV).

LWV, a non-partisan group, has become known for holding candidate forums around election time to give voters the opportunity to meet with candidates and learn their stance on pressing issues facing the upcoming election. This November will mark the second time in N.C. political history these two candidates have been on the ballot together. Snow held the seat for six years until Davis unseated him in 2010 by less than 200 votes.

Susan Ervin moderated the forum and began by asking candidates what issues they felt were most important going into the November election.


Honey badgers are intelligent animals who are notorious for their strength, ferocity and toughness. They are known for being tireless in combat and embody the capability to exhaust much larger animals in physical confrontations in order to prevail. Because of their shared character traits, it seems only fitting that the honey badger stands as the mascot for the Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC).

A group of strong, intelligent men and women set out on Saturday to cover all of North Carolina when they traveled from Murphy to Manteo to celebrate Young Democrat Day.


The volunteer group, Franklin Young Professionals (FYP), hosted their inaugural Macon Waves Ducky Derby event last Saturday to benefit the FYP Scholarship Fund. In conjunction with the North Carolina Big Sweep and the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, volunteers gathered at the Greenway's Big Bear Park to pitch in.

The event started with community volunteers who braved the Little Tennessee River Saturday morning to remove debris and trash from the river banks. The river clean-up is part of a state-wide initiative known as NC Big Sweep. The Macon County leg of the Big Sweep is organized each year by Guy Gooder and the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee.


Proposed rules for outdoor advertising in highway rights of way

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing Monday, Aug. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Asheville on proposed permanent rules pertaining to selective vegetation removal at permitted outdoor advertising locations within highway rights of way. The rules are available for review on the NCDOT website.

The meeting will take place at the City of Asheville Public Works Building, located at 161 South Charlotte Street, Room A-109. Participants are asked to arrive 30 minutes early to allow ample time to sign in so meeting can begin promptly.


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