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Roy Burnette finalizes deal with County.

After a nearly seven-month hiatus from broadcasting, Jackson County’s radio station returned to the air on Monday, under new ownership.

Last Sunday 540 AM WRGC began doing air tests and went live Monday morning at 6 a.m.

“So far, everything has went great,” said Roy Burnette, WRGC’s new owner. “We have already gotten some really great responses from areas as far away as Asheville and Bryson City.”

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Students at Mountain View Intermediate spent last Monday planting trees around the campus as part of a nature lesson on the changing seasons.

By Tuesday morning, all six of the trees planted by the students the previous day had been dug up and stolen.

The trees, which included crabapple and weeping cherry trees, were estimated to total about $500. This is the second time that trees have been removed from the school, the first incident occurred over the Thanksgiving break.

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The Franklin High School Class of 1979 is establishing a scholarship fund in memory of Amy Roper Darnell who passed away on Feb 10, 2012. The fund will benefit a deserving student of FHS’s music or band department. Contributions to this fund are welcome from anyone with a desire to support Amy’s love of the musical art’s and FHS. Your contribution will help insure that the memory of Amy’s great passion will continue to live in a very practical and loving way.

 

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Town, county officials issue twin proclamations to welcome David O. Belcher

Officials from the town of Sylva and Jackson County government issued twin proclamations welcoming David O. Belcher as chancellor of Western Carolina University as activities marking his installation as the university’s new leader hit high gear Monday, March 26.

The proclamations by Maurice Moody, mayor of Sylva, and Jack Debnam, chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, capped a busy Monday of installation-related events that began with a midday performance at WCU by the Catamount Singers and Electric Soul, followed by a dancing flash mob boogying across the Central Plaza as the water fountain affectionately known as the “Cata-Fount” was turned back on for the season.

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The Macon County precincts of Smith Bridge and Flats met to organize and energize democratic and independent voters over breakfast on Saturday.  Guest speakers included candidate for the 50th Senate District, John Snow, and John deVille, vice-president of the Macon County chapter of the North Carolina Association of Educators.

Senate hopeful John Snow discussed that he believes incumbent Jim Davis isn’t working for the people of Western North Carolina.  Snow highlighted how he was an independent-minded advocate for WNC, while Davis was towing the party-line, whether it was to benefit WNC or not.

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The Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin Police Department and Highlands Police Department collected a total of 32,310 dosage units of medication during the third annual Operation Medicine Drop last Saturday, March 24.

Macon County’s Sheriff's Office holds Operation Medicine Drop as part of a statewide event which allows citizens to dispose of unused prescription drugs without being questioned by authorities. The drug take-back event is collecting unused and expired prescription drugs in order to properly and safely dispose of the medications.

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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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