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Justin Conley and Corey Duvall, two Macon County residents, were recognized for their dedicated involvement in politics at the statewide Young Democrats and College Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC) 2012 Convention, which was held Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1, in Charlotte. Being founded in 1928, YDNC has the distinction of being the oldest Young Democrats chapter in the country.

YDNC is organized at the county level and active membership is open to any Democrat under the age of 36.


Macon County sees $24,000 less in federal funding.

During a joint meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman informed commissioners that the school district received $178,286 in funds from the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act (SRSCA).

Because of the uncertainty surrounding reauthorization of the SRSCA by Congress, Macon County and other rural counties across the country are experiencing a decrease in funds, which puts most districts in a bind.


The memories and lore surrounding a white flower with six petals once so common in the Cullowhee valley that it was called the Cullowhee lily have inspired Western Carolina University alumni and community members to bring the flower back.

The WCU Alumni Association, the Office of the Chancellor and WCU Facilities Management grounds crews are partnering to reestablish the Cullowhee lily in the community, starting with the WCU campus. Organizers of the initiative, which is still in early planning stages, are seeking additional partners and supporters, and plan to link the effort to the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, said Susan Belcher at a luncheon held Wednesday, March 28, as part of the celebration of her husband’s installation as WCU’s 11th chancellor.


Jackson County GOP Convention on Friday March 16 at the Jackson County Senior Center. Registered Jackson County voters, seated by precincts, first elected delegates to the District and State Conventions before hearing addresses from Wayne King, Vice Chair of the N.C. State GOP, who also introduced the keynote speaker, South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson.

Wilson, a retired U.S. Air Force Officer and presently the Chairman of the Congressional Armed Services Committee, received a standing ovation after his speech where he reviewed the accomplishments of the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. During the address he also warned about claims that the size of government workers is being reduced by over 100,000. “That sounds good doesn’t it” commented the Congressman, “until you learn that most of the reductions are in the military.” The Army is being reduced by 80,000 and the Navy, Marines and Air Force by another 30,000 or more.


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