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Jerry Wolfe, tribal elder of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, delivered the opening prayer in the Cherokee language at the N.C. Senate session June 19, 2014.

Wolfe, 89, was named a Beloved Man by the tribal council in April, 2013, an honor which has not been bestowed by the Eastern Band in more than 200 years. He is a fluent speaker of the Cherokee language and a tribal traditionalist steeped in the knowledge of tribal history and culture.

Widely recognized for his service to the Eastern Band, Wolfe is a Navy veteran who was aboard a ship both during the D-Day invasion at Normandy and the Japanese surrender that ended World War II.


Western Carolina University students have provided representatives of local tourism interests in 26 Western North Carolina counties with data illustrating the impact of the travel and tourism industry on the economy of their particular counties.

Members of economic development organizations and chambers of commerce and owners and operators of private sector businesses in the tourism industry received the data in the form of “tourism economic fact sheets” presented last month, at the inaugural “Tourism Works for Western North Carolina” conference presented by WCU’s College of Business and held at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching.


The majority of Macon County residents are breaking the law when it comes to trash disposal.

The list of items that are now banned from landfills and transfer stations in the state is long. While it may be hard to keep up with all of the requirements, and even harder to make sense of the legislation surrounding what should be recycled and what can be bunched together, it is the law.

And in North Carolina, banned landfill items essentially also makes recycling the law.


A bill that would accomplish the No. 1 legislative goal for counties for 2014 was filed this week by Rep. Bryan Holloway of Stokes County. H1107 (Restore Lottery $ for School Construction) would increase to 27 percent the appropriation to counties of lottery funds for 2014-15 and restore the full 40 percent allocation to counties by 2016-17. It also directs that counties receive excess lottery revenues above appropriated levels each year beginning with the 2014-15 fiscal year.

“Restoring the statutes that designate 40 percent of lottery funds to counties for school construction and increasing the appropriation for 2014-15 is counties’ No. 1 legislative goal for this session,” said NCACC Executive Director David F. Thompson. “Funds from the lottery are the only remaining state support for public school capital needs. Counties need the lottery revenues to help keep up with the demand for new construction and renovations to existing facilities to meet the needs of a modern education system.”


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