Ingles reports fewer grocery sales last quarter

Asheville-based Ingles Markets, Inc. reports that grocery sales dropped off slightly during the 2013 holiday season. On Tuesday, company officials released the sales and net income information of the first fiscal quarter of the year which ended December 28. Compared to the same quarter in 2012, net sales rose from $935 million to $945 million;…

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County aims to ramp up tax collections

County aims to ramp up tax collections

Macon County officials say tax collection efforts need to pick up. At the recent mid-year session of county commissioners, tax director Richard Lightner asked the board for some help in improving the county’s tax collection rate. Despite a resolution approved by the board in 2004 to start forced tax collections, such a practice has not…

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BCBS helping NC child-care centers fight obesity

Childhood obesity has been identified as a top health issue in North Carolina and some groups feel working with child-care centers is an effective means to battle the problem. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina plans to invest $3 million over the next three years into the “Shape NC” program that is aimed…

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N.C. AG probes propane spike

With propane prices continuing to rise, Attorney General Roy Cooper is encouraging consumers who heat their homes with propane to take steps to offset the recent surge in costs. The price of propane has risen nationally as frigid temperatures hit many parts of the country, including North Carolina. “I’m concerned that North Carolinians who rely…

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Macon property revaluation projections: County has lost $2 billion in value

County Commissioners got an update on the 2015 tax revaluation progress at their mid-year retreat held on January 25. Richard Lightner, county tax department director, explained the new values will reflect closer to the values of 2003. “The county, overall, has lost 25 percent of its value (since 2007),” Lightner said. He stated that the…

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NC officials report more flu deaths

The number of people in North Carolina who have died from the flu this season has risen. State health officials have reported 11 more people have lost their lives to the virus, which brings the total to 44 for this flu season. Epidemiologist Dr. Zach Moore with the Division of Public Health says all but…

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