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...during 2010 N.C. highway safety campaigns

State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has announced that state and local law enforcement officers across North Carolina issued 622,413 traffic and criminal citations during highway safety campaigns last year.

Last year’s totals include 16,096 driving while impaired arrests and 51,754 occupant protection citations for safety belt and child passenger safety violations. Officers also issued 174,250 speeding violations and 6,485 recovered fugitives from justice.

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For many, the snow on Christmas Day was a welcomed miracle. But enough is enough. This week, the massive, slow moving storm system, which shut down metropolitan areas all over the southeast, dumped from six inches to over a foot of snow in the western North Carolina region. The snow and icy conditions shut down businesses, public schools and universities. Major roads were dangerous; secondary roads, treacherous; and back roads, nearly impassable.

But it could have been worse. According to Fred Alexander of Duke Energy, there were only 30 to 40 widely scattered power outages reported in Macon County. This was due to the extremely dry conditions after the Sunday night snowfall that kept tree limbs from icing up. “We really dodged a bullet on this one,” Alexander said.

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Newsmakers & Top Headlines of the Year

January through June

A lot has happened in 2010. Nationally, The BP petroleum company had the biggest oil spill yet in the Gulf of Mexico, infuriating the nation as a whole. Healthcare reform was passed expanding coverage for Americans, and Republicans took the House from Democrats after sweeping elections across the nation, buoyed by support from the Tea Party movement.

Macon County had its share of activity this year as well. It saw the construction of a Veteran’s Memorial, the demolition of the Dillsboro Dam, the elections of new politicians and the humanitarian deeds of people coming together locally.

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On Tuesday, at the year’s first regular meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, Kevin Corbin took the oath of office to complete the remainder of Senator Jim Davis’s term on the board. The local insurance agent and past chairman of the Board of Education was unanimously selected by the Executive Committee of the Macon County Republican Party after Davis won his bid for N.C. Senate during the midterm elections in November.

After Corbin was sworn in, he thanked his friends and family for attending the ceremony. He also thanked the Republican Party for the opportunity, in particular Gary Dills, chairman of the executive committee of the Macon County Republican Party, who he said had first approached him about serving the remainder of Davis’s term.

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In a world where jobs and food are scarce for many, one man stands tall in the name of charity.

Last Friday, as flurries floated about a nearfreezing Highlands Road, local insurance salesman Patrick Jenkins prepared himself for two days of wintry weather.

Last year, Jenkins spent 48 hours suspended 60 feet in the air by a crane. This year he repeated the feat in the name of the “Cold for a Cause” donation drive, which benefits local relief agency CareNet. The organization has more than 4,700 families on file who have used its services over the past several years.

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More than 40 years after the death of the brightest icon of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr., people are still gathering to remember the gains and losses his life represents. Several events have been planned in the area to commemorate his life and work.

In Franklin, a parade is scheduled on Monday, Jan. 17, beginning at 1 p.m. The parade will start at the Big Bear Park in downtown Franklin, and process from there to the Gazebo on the square off of Main Street. A short program will be held at the Gazebo in honor of the King’s legacy.

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help to identify a man and woman captured on a video surveillance camera at an area business. The man and woman are considered persons of interest in a burglary which occurred recently in Dillsboro. The individuals shown in video still images released by the JCSO were in the Dillsboro area on or about Dec. 4, 2010.

According to Sgt. John Buchanan, several burglary cases currently under investigation in Jackson County may be related. Details of these cases will not be released until investigators have gained more information about the possible suspects in the case.

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Jarrett Lee Williams, 29 years of age, last known to live in the area of Big Cove Road in Cherokee NC, is wanted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office for the charges of felony assault with a deadly Weapon inflicting serious injuries, felony first degree kidnapping, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny, and felony larceny of a firearm. These charges stem from an incident that occurred on Friday, January 7, where officers responded to Doberman Lane in Whittier regarding a call that a male victim’s residence had been broken into while the victim was at home.

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In a manhunt that involved more than a dozen law enforcement agencies from three states, a Swain County man who shot and killed a woman and injured her sister on New Year’s Eve died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being tracked down later that night in Georgia.

John Fred Stanley, 42, of Bryson City, is alleged to have shot and killed his estranged wife, Lora Lee Stanley, 43, outside the Quality Inn in Cherokee, N.C., on Friday morning. The hotel was full of guests, many of whom planned to spend the holiday at Harrah's Cherokee Casino, a popular New Year's Eve destination. After the shooting, the hotel had to be closed for much of the day while agents investigated the murder scene.

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During the New Year Period When Compared to Last Year

RALEIGH - Preliminary statistics indicate that six people died on North Carolina roadways during the New Year's holiday enforcement period (Friday, December 31, 2010 through Sunday, January 2, 2011). Last year there were eleven highway deaths during the same enforcement period. This year’s enforcement efforts resulted in almost a 50% reduction in traffic deaths when compared to last year.

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