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Students in Macon County will now have to pay for the driver's education course. During the July meeting of the Macon County Board of Education, members unanimously voted to implement a $20 registration fee for the online driver's education course.

According to Macon County's driving instructor Alton Sutton, the school system was responsible for a a nonrefundable $20 registration fee per student to take the online course. "Since we started having to pay for the course in 2011, about 150 students have not completed the course for one reason or another, costing the school system to lose about $3,000," said Sutton.

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Shoppers around North Carolina will have the chance to participate in the state's tax free weekend Aug. 2-4, but it will be for the last time. As part of a tax reform measure that was recently signed into law, the event that has been in place for more than ten years will come to an end.

Sen. Jim Davis, who represents Macon County, supported most parts of Gov. Pat McCrory's budget.

“This is one of the ways that we are trying to make the tax code in North Carolina simpler,” he said. “We're just closing another loop-hole.”

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North Carolina’s new Tag and Tax Together program is officially under way and the first combined tag and tax notices are being mailed to drivers with September vehicle registration renewals.

The new bills will reflect both vehicle property tax information from counties and other taxing jurisdictions, as well as vehicle registration and inspection information. Drivers used to pay for tags and taxes separately. The new “Tag & Tax Together” program will require one payment for both bills. Both tag renewals and tax payments must be paid in full to renew vehicle registration.

An easy-to-read map of the combined notice posted on the DMV website shows where property tax information is listed and how to find vehicle registration facts. After receiving your entire payment, NCDMV will renew your vehicle registration and forward the property tax portion of your payment directly to your county revenue office.

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The 2013-14 State Transportation Map has officially arrived and is available free of charge. The map is funded and produced by the N.C. Department of Transportation, but it will now be distributed through the N.C. Department of Commerce and can be ordered online at visitnc.com/statemap or by calling 1-800 VISIT NC.

“One of our central goals is to improve efficiency and streamline our operations,” Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said. “We are also striving to identify ways we can work together across state agencies to better serve North Carolina. By distributing the map through Visit NC, we can achieve cost savings by eliminating redundancies and better serve our travelers by allowing them to access all travel publications through a central source.”

First published in 1916, the state map is NCDOT’s most popular publication, with 2.25 million copies of each edition printed.

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