Macon school board waives some state final exams

The Macon County School system is dropping some of the previously mandated state final exams that were used to measure teacher accountability. At Monday’s meeting of the Macon County Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin said the state is offering school districts some flexibility in waiving the N.C. final exams. Baldwin proposed that the…

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Lady Panthers host second round basketball playoff tonight

Round 2 of the state high school basketball playoffs continue tonight and the Franklin Lady Panthers will host the No. 9 seed North Surry Lady Falcons. Franklin, a No. 8 seed, is coming off a round one blowout of Forbush; and North Surry, from Mt. Airy, is coming off a win overt of Newton-Connover. The…

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N.C. Ag leaders concerned over immigration issues

Agriculture is an enormous industry in North Carolina contributing 78 billion dollars to the state’s economy; and now with immigration reform talks underway, some say a solution is necessary to keep the agribusiness from taking a big hit. “If our agricultural producers in this nation were unable to use the undocumented workers that are already…

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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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