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Cecil Bothwell, candidate for the U.S. Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District in WNC, will be coming to Franklin to host a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Feb. 2, to meet with voters about his run to unseat Congressman Health Shuler. Bothwell is currently an Asheville City Councilman, a seat he was elected to on Nov.3, 2009.

“Town Hall type meetings are the best way for citizens to gain a personal impression of a candidate, and to get straight answers on the issues that matter to them,” Bothwell said of his upcoming meeting in Franklin. “Our current Congressman doesn’t hold regular constituent meetings, and that’s something that will change when I am elected.”


Macon Board of Education under fire for ‘vague’ rules.

After a lengthy debate during Monday night's meeting, the Board of Education voted to approve the Professional Standards of Conduct and Performance for Macon County School System Employees after the 2nd reading of the policy.

The policy, which was approved only after Chairman Tommy Cabe made a tie-breaking vote with board members Stephaine McCall and Tommy Baldwin in favor of adopting the policy, and members Jim Breedlove and Gary Shields against it, is not an entirely new policy. Instead, it is a consolidation of two former Professional Standards of Conduct policies.


Law may revoke license for serious moving violations.

Teenagers will have to be more responsible on North Carolina highways from now on, according to a new state law that may hold serious implications for many young drivers.

The new driving laws are more strict on Tar Heel teenagers, and aim to curtail dangerous driving habits by imposing severe punishments on new drivers who commit misdemeanor, or worse, criminal moving violations.


After former Democratic state Senator John Snow announced his bid to oust incumbent Senator Jim Davis for the District 50 seat of the General Assembly earlier this month, he immediately began working on his campaign strategy. Last Saturday, Macon County’s Democratic Party held a rally for the former Senator at South Macon Elementary School to celebrate his announcement to seek another term in office.

Snow served six years as a state Senator before narrowly losing to Davis in 2010. According to Snow, the new redistricting maps should help his run for Senate. The newly drawn districts took out Transylvania County, which was predominantly a Republican stronghold, and added Haywood County, which has historically been strongly Democratic.


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