Low humidity, gusty winds spark several brush fires

Crews from local fire departments battled numerous brush fires across Macon County over the weekend. The dry and breezy weather resulted in several outdoor burns that spread out of control. According to 911 dispatchers, nine fires were reported from Friday through Sunday. The largest fire occurred Sunday afternoon near Sawdust Trail—the North Carolina Forest Service…

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County contracts with legal firm for tax collections

Macon County Commissioners have approved additional tax collection efforts for the county’s tax department. At the commission’s February meeting, County Manager Derek Roland and County Attorney Chester Jones recommended the board allocate $5,000 to the tax department to contract with Sylva-based legal firm Ridenour and Goss. The firm’s fees for tax proceedings vary depending on…

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School voucher program blocked by judge

A law that would have granted tax dollars for low-income households in North Carolina to send their children to private schools has hit a road block. The Opportunity Scholarship Program would grant up to $4,200 a year for each eligible student to attend a private or religious school. On Friday, the matter was heard in…

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WCU to tear down fire-damaged property

Western Carolina University officials announced plans to tear down the three properties that were damaged by a fire in November. The decision to rebuild instead of repair comes after WCU’s Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund reviewed cost estimates, tax assessments and insurance settlement proceeds. The Subway, Rolling Stone Burrito and Mad Batter Bakery…

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Hearth Health, topic of tonight’s Ladies Night Out

This month’s Ladies Night Out Program will be on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center. The topic will be Heart Month. February is American Heart Month. You’re invited to come learn about your risks for heart disease and stroke and how to stay heart healthy for yourself and your loved…

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Lightning may have sparked Otto house fire

An Otto home was destroyed by fire early Friday morning. Otto Fire and Rescue was paged to the fire at 303 Quail Ridge Road at approximately 6:50 a.m. to find the fire had ripped through the roof of the single-story home. Barry Cabe with Otto Fire and Rescue says the home was unoccupied and they…

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  • October 30, 2014 6:00 pmFREE MEAL AT "THE SERVING SPOON"
  • October 31, 2014 5:30 pmAMERICAN LEGION BINGO
  • November 6, 2014 6:00 pmFREE MEAL AT "THE SERVING SPOON"
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