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North Carolinians turned in approximately 8.5 million doses of old prescription and over-the-counter drugs during Operation Medicine Drop events on Sept. 29, according to Attorney General Roy Cooper. That beats the previous record of approximately 7.7 million doses collected during a week of drug take back events held in March.

More than 150 prescription drug take-back events were held in 60 counties by 98 agencies across North Carolina last month.

Among the 11,000 pounds of drugs collected were painkillers such as Hydrocodone, Oxycontin and Fentanyl, all of which can be highly addictive and even deadly if abused.

The SBI gathered the drugs collected by local law enforcement and delivered them to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved incinerator in Alamance County for safe destruction.

North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis stopped in Macon County last Friday for a roundtable discussion to listen to community leaders concerning tax reform, education policies, and economic growth in Western North Carolina.

Friday's visit marked the second time Tillis has visited Macon County. Tillis is also the first Speaker of the House to visit Macon County while in office. Roger West, the House of Representative for the 120th District introduced the speaker. “Thom worked his way up through the ranks and first got elected to Speaker in 2011 and led us through some pretty tough times in the House,” said West. “Thom worked well with a lot of the conservative Democrats and got a lot of legislation passed. I can't think of anyone better to lead the House.”


For the second time in the last few months, State Superintendent Dr. June St. Clair Atkinson, the first woman elected State Superintendent of the Public Schools of North Carolina, travelled to Western North Carolina from Raleigh, this time stopping in Franklin.

Serving as State Superintendent since 2005, Dr. Atkinson understands the importance of improving teaching and learning, creating school environments that encourage student success, keeping education modern and relevant, and graduating every student career and college ready.


With election day just four weeks away, the Macon County chapter of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) held a forum for candidates vying for the open seats on the Board of Commissioners and Board of Education. Incumbent Commissioner Bobby Kuppers faced off against challenger Paul Higdon, while Board of Education incumbent Tommy Baldwin squared off against challenger Melissa Evans.

The forum was centered around the candidates thoughts on education in Macon County and their opinion on ways to continue improving the system to be able to provide the best resources for students. John deVille, vice president of Macon County's NCAE, served as the event’s moderator.


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