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Western Carolina University students coordinating the Cullowhee Voter Initiative, a nonpartisan effort to improve voter education and participation in Jackson County, hosted a bipartisan, bicameral debate on Monday in which members of the North Carolina General Assembly debated issues ranging from education cuts, to the government’s role in restricting religion in public schools.

The debate included North Carolina Republican Senators Jim Davis and Ralph Hise, and Democratic House Representatives Ray Rapp and Rick Glazier. Gibbs Knotts, interim dean of WCU’s College of Arts and Sciences, served as the moderator for the event.


Issues included distortion of Constitution, gay marriage.

Last Saturday afternoon, March. 3, Macon Republicans were given the opportunity to meet and greet with six candidates for the 11th Congressional district seat of North Carolina. The forum was put together by Chris Murray, Chairman of Macon County’s Republican Party, and the Gem Country Republican Women’s Club. The two hour long event was held at the Macon County Community Building.


United States Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that North Carolina will receive more than $1.5 million to improve access to health care and educational services in rural communities.

“Nearly half of all North Carolinians live in rural areas,” said Hagan. ”We need to make sure that people in all corners of our state have access to the same educational opportunities and medical care available in metropolitan areas. This funding will help rural schools prepare students for success in the 21st century economy and ensure that residents in these areas have access to the quality, affordable health care they need and deserve.”


Duke Energy has received the final of six new federal hydro licenses from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for Nantahala Area hydro stations.

The latest license covers Nantahala Hydroelectric Project, located substantially in Macon County, N.C., but with waters also in Clay County.

The new 30-year license triggers a variety of public recreation and aquatic habitat enhancements in the Nantahala River watershed.


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