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Patterson and Meadows square off before July runoff.

The Macon County Chapter of FreedomWorks hosted a debate on Saturday for Republican candidates vying for the 11th Congressional District seat in a July runoff. The seat opened up after current Congressman Health Shuler (D-Waynesville) announced late last year that he would not seek reelection.

The event was closed to the public but more than 50 members of FreedomWorks filled the meeting room at Angel Medical Center on Saturday morning to listen to Mark Meadows of Cashiers and Vance Patterson of Morganton, Republican contenders for the District 11 Congressional Seat.


Transportation Secretary Conti announces campaign totals

North Carolina Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced today that 10,288 drivers and passengers were cited for seat belt and child passenger safety violations during the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which began May 21 and ended June 3.

“Buckling up is a simple action that could save your life,” said Conti. “The stepped up patrols enable law enforcement officers to remind motorists that wearing your seat belt is not only the smart thing to do, it’s the law.”


The Town of Franklin is requesting the cooperation of local business owners, as we partner with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to remove signs located within the public rights-ofway throughout the Municipality and Extra Territorial Jurisdiction of the Town of Franklin. These signs are prohibited by State Law in G.S. 136-32, which specifically states that all violators of the aforementioned section shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Furthermore, these signs are prohibited locally in Chapter 155 Section 10 of the Town of Franklin’s Unified Development Ordinance.

In light of this, the Town of Franklin in conjuction with the North Carolina Department of Transportaion will be removing all temporary signs and objects from the public rights-of-way during the week of June 18, 2012.


Justin Conley and Elaine and Bob McCollum were elected by voters in the 11th Congressional District during a convention held in Haywood County on May 19th to represent Western North Carolina at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) which will be held in Charlotte this September.

“Attending and participating in your political party’s National Convention, as members of the host state delegation, is most likely a once in a lifetime event,” said Elaine. “It will be both humbling and exciting for us to work alongside our political peers and party activists as we chart the future of the Democratic Party.


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