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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.”


Under current North Carolina law, if a 16- or 17-year-old enters a store, puts a candy bar in his/her pocket and leaves, then that individual, if caught, will automatically be prosecuted as an adult. North Carolina is one of two states in the country that allows a child to be tried as an adult after committing a misdemeanor.

For years, advocates of changing the law have pushed for new legislation and on May 21, the N.C. House of Representatives agreed when a bi-partisan majority voted in support of House Bill 725 "Raise the Age" of juvenile jurisdiction.

“This is some great news,” said Deby Dihoff, executive director of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) N.C. after the news came in. “Please send thank yous to Marilyn Avila, the representative from Raleigh who championed this bill. This took years, but it got done.”


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