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With more than 59,000 letters hitting the mail Tuesday, Feb. 11, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is making a final push to reach out to North Carolina CDL drivers who have not yet complied with the federal requirement to certify the type of driving they do with NCDMV.

Since Jan. 30, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has required all CDL holders to certify to NCDMV whether they drive interstate or intrastate and for what purpose. If required, they must also provide their current DOT medical card to NCDMV. Drivers must continue to carry paper copies of their medical cards through January 2015 for review by federal or state inspectors on the roadside or to protect against being cited for violations.

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Beginning in February, OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling will offer local information sessions to help people determine if they are eligible for mortgage payment assistance from the N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Loan Program.

The N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund makes mortgage payments for qualified unemployed workers, including returning veterans, while they look for jobs or complete job training. The program is offered statewide by the N.C. Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) and funded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. On- Track Financial Education & Counseling (OnTrack WNC) is NCHFA’S program partner responsible for helping consumers in Western North Carolina.

Statewide this foreclosure prevention effort has helped 15,000 North Carolinians who lost jobs. On- Track WNC has helped over 600 families in western NC obtain almost $13 million dollars worth of assistance.

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Last Thursday night, the Southwestern Commission, the Council of Government’s organization that represents the counties and municipalities of the seven-county region, held a workshop in Macon County to discuss the Southwestern North Carolina Opportunity Initiative (OPT-IN). Members of the public were invited to attend the forum to lend their ideas for the project.

A group of experienced consultants from within the region were chosen to facilitate community discussions that shape the Regional Vision. The goals of the initiative that have been laid out are to first identify a broad, consensus-driven vision, then to facilitate a collaborative sorting of ideas and strategies most likely to realize that vision for counties, towns and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

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Every year about this time, when the winter weather descends upon North Carolina and blankets our state’s highways, citizens call in and ask, “I need to get to work. When are you going to plow my road?” As much as The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) crews would like to immediately respond to every caller, the department has a set snow and ice removal process in place.

NCDOT plows the following roads known as bare pavement routes first:

  1. Interstates
  2. Four-lane divided highways
  3. Other routes essential to moving traffic

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