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Chester Willette of Otto took the initiative to purchase and install a pro-life billboard along the Georgia Road on 441 South.

Willette worked with the free National Life Center Hotline out of New Jersey to develop the billboard to bring awareness and rally support for the pro-life cause in Macon County.

 

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Children in Between, a divorce education class for parents and children, will now be offered in Macon County on Tuesday and Wednesday April 3 and 4, 2012. The class is free but registration is required so there will be enough class materials of all participating. The classes are being sponsored by two local organizations: Mountain Projects and Prevention Rocks.

Divorce is a traumatic experience for children of any age but it is something that affects more than 1.5 million children every year. Research shows that how damaging the affects of divorce are for children is directly correlated with the length and severity of the conflict between the divorcing parents, especially when it involves loyalty conflicts for the children.

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Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced that state and local law enforcement officers cited 819 motorists for driving while impaired during the St. Patrick’s Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, which ran March 15-18. A total of 23,222 traffic and criminal citations were issued statewide.

“This statewide partnership is effective in helping make our roads safer by removing impaired drivers,” Secretary Conti said. “Please remember to do your part and make responsible decisions before getting behind the wheel.”

During the Governor’s Highway Safety Program campaign, officers statewide conducted 2,122 sobriety checkpoints and dedicated patrols. Counties with the highest number of DWI citations were Robeson (90), Wake (67) and Mecklenburg (52).

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Five people were killed in an airplane crash at the Macon County Airport in Franklin, N.C. Thursday, March 15, when a twin-engine Cessna Citation 501 mid-size executive jet exploded just off the runway following an unusual landing.

Terry Bates, Macon County Emergency Services Coordinator, stated Thursday afternoon at approximately 4:45 p.m. that at least three people were killed in the accident, but that it was possible there would be more accounted for as the investigation continued.

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Bob Gretz, a senior air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), held a press conference at the Macon County Airport last Friday afternoon. Gretz explained the investigative process and issued a brief report about the jet crash to the media, an accident that took the lives of five people last Thursday, March 15.

Gretz met with representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration last Thursday night– the day of the crash– and conversed with state and local emergency management officials the following morning.

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Local authorities gear up for Operation Medicine Drop

A new law, which aims to help fight prescription drug fraud and abuse, officially went into effect last week. Under Senate Bill 474, pharmacies will be required to check photo identification before filling prescriptions for certain drugs including Oxycontin, Morphine, Methadone, Fentanyl and Vicodin. The new requirement applies to all Schedule II drugs and certain Schedule III drugs, as classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

 

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The Town of Franklin hosted a special meet and greet on Wednesday afternoon for citizens to have the opportunity to meet Franklin Police Department’s new police chief, David Adams.

Adams’ first day on the job was March 5 and he has been hard at work settling into his new position and learning the ins and outs of the town.

Before being hired to replace long time Chief of Police Terry Bradley, Adams worked with the Hendersonville Police Department for 17 years.

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Paul Higdon, a Macon County Republican running for the district three commission seat, allowed Macon County News to ask a few questions about his background and goals for Macon County. The Macon County News has allowed each sitting commissioner and commission candidates to give their side of the story in a question and answer session so that voters can know more about their governing philosophy.

Can you tell us a little about your background?

I grew up in Macon County where my family has lived for generations, graduated FHS in 1967, spent two years in the U.S. Army and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with degrees in Environmental Health Science and Biology. After college, I worked for Macon County Environmental Health Services for nearly 10 years and have been self employed in a small family business, Sewer Solutions Inc, for the last 16 years and I am also a partner in Reuse Innovations Inc.

 

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The United States economy appears to be making a comeback, with several months of private sector job growth and the amount of people filing for unemployment benefits slowly decreasing. Yet, as many Americans read and hear about the economy propping back up from the brink, they are watching gas prices soar. According to AAA, gas prices have risen $.49 cents this year alone, and with North Carolina’s gas tax just over 39 cents per gallon, Tar Heels are strongly feeling the effects of the rising demand for fossil fuels throughout the world.

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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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