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The community-wide initiative, Read2Me, which is geared toward promoting early literacy for children throughout the county, is teaming up with North Carolina author, Gloria Houston, to bring her book Littlejm to the pages of Macon County's free independent newspaper, the Macon County News.

Read2Me is a public awareness campaign geared towards encouraging the community at large to become highly invested in promoting children learning to read early in order to help all children realize their potential in school and in life.

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Ricky Snyder
Democratic Challenger: District Three

Can you tell Macon County News a little about your background?

“I currently manage two apartment communities: Oak Forest Apartments is a Section 8 Elderly for senior citizens 62 and older, and Orchard View Apartments a Tax Credit (Affordable Housing community). I have been in Housing for about 30 years, the last 13 years at these properties. Affordable housing has been for me a way to help families with low income housing. I am very knowledgeable in housing and in the construction industry. I have certifications in HVAC (Heating and Air conditioning), Blue Print Reading, Electrical Controls, and Home Inspection.

 

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The state General Assembly passed a smoke free law in 2009 that banned smoking in all public bars and restaurants in North Carolina. If an establishment wants to accommodate smokers, they must provide an outside area for smokers to use. The law took effect on January 2, 2010.

State legislators were pressed to pass the law after research indicated that secondhand smoke has been proven to cause cancer, heart disease, and asthma attacks in both smokers and nonsmokers. The law sought to eliminate this problem for non-smoking citizens.

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On Wednesday afternoon, Thomas Alderman, of Franklin, drove into a tree and claims the cause was due to another vehicle running a stop sign.

According to Alderman, he was coming from Wal-mart and came to a complete stop at a stop sign before continuing on Hyatt Rd.

Alderman stated that he had to speed up to get out of the way of another vehicle who ran the stop sign to Alderman's right.

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After The Board of Education tabled discussion regarding the 2012/2013 school calendar and a weather waiver request due to concern about the accuracy of the data last month, Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman reevaluated the data and made corrections for the second time.

The accuracy of the school district’s data for the past ten years came in to question last year after a new law went into effect changing the way the days missed due to weather problems were reported to the state.

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The Town of Franklin will be hosting a meet and greet reception to welcome David Adams, the town’s new police chief.

The reception will be held at 2 p.m. at Town Hall on Wednesday, March 21. Light refreshments will be served and anyone in the community is encouraged to drop in and meet Mr. Adams.

“We hope to see local business owners, churches, nonprofit organizations stopping by to welcome Mr. Adams to Franklin,” said Ashley Hyder, Human Resource Officer for Franklin.

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Angel Medical Center in Franklin, North Carolina has announced that Sheila Gordon, has joined their staff as Director of Performance Improvement. Gordon comes to AMC from Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“As Director of Performance Improvement, Sheila will be our facilitator and trainer as we pull the talents of the healthcare team together and create processes that ensure a superior patient experience at all areas of our system. We have the good fortune of a partnership with Mission Health System’s Performance Improvement Division. As a member of the Mission and Angel team she brings the best of all worlds to us, her personal experience in performance improvement and change management as well as the amazing Mission team,” said Sheila Price, AMC VP of Nursing.

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Marty Jones, Western Carolina University graduate, a resident of Cashiers and presently the owner/broker of RE/MAX Summit Properties, has filed as a candidate for the District 4 County Commission seat currently held by Mark Jones. District 4 encompasses South Jackson County including the Cashiers, Glenville, River, Canada and Caney Fork precincts. Upon filing Marty Jones stated at recent GOP meetings that he is running as a conservative alternate to Democrat Mark Jones.

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In anticipation of inevitable funding cuts to public education next school year, the Macon County Board of Education strategized during a work session on how to prepare for the 2012/13 budget.

During Tuesday morning’s meeting, members of the Board of Education discussed the anticipated budget for next year and entertained conversation about areas that could be cut to make up for a reduction in state and federal funds.

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On Friday March 16 from 12 noon to 2:50 p.m, students at Mountain View will participate in a unique wildlife outreach program provided by Wild South.

The headline feature at noon, for all the students, will be Rob Gudger and his four “live” wolves. Gudger is an outstanding expert on wolf behavior and will explain why wolves are our most misunderstood wildlife in the animal kingdom. Students will have the opportunity to get up close to these magnificent creatures that are no longer found in the wilds of North Carolina and many other states in the eastern United States.

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published: 10/18/2013
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