State graduation rate hits record high; Macon near 90 percent

The high school graduation rate continues to rise in North Carolina—this according to the Department of Public Instruction—which says the percentage of students graduating from high school in four years or less has risen to the highest level recorded in the state’s history. Since 2006, which was the first year the state reported a four-year…

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County announces first flu shot clinics

Macon County Public Health has scheduled seasonal flu vaccination clinics at community locations in Franklin and Highlands. This year, seasonal influenza vaccine provides protection against three strains of influenza, including H1N1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a yearly flu shot. Children under…

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Latest Duke Energy rate hike goes before N.C. Supreme Court

The North Carolina Supreme Court heard two cases Monday involving Duke Energy rate increases. The Charlotte based utility is accused of not considering how an increase would impact customers, along with rigging prices to attract no-jobs data centers in the state. The company had told the North Carolina Utilities Commission that the rate increase would…

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Nikwasi Mound resolution surprises Franklin leaders

A resolution passed last week by the Cherokee Tribal Council left Franklin leaders blindsided. The Eastern Band’s resolution officially states their unhappiness of how the Nikwasi Mound is being cared for and accused the town of “significant disrespect”. Franklin Mayor Bob Scott says town officials had met with Chief Michelle Hicks last Wednesday, one day…

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Voting information and sample ballot for 2014 election

Campaigns are beginning to hit high gear as the 2014 election season gets underway in Macon County and across North Carolina. Voting has already begun for those sending their absentee ballots by mail. According to the Board of Elections, a new law has eliminated same-day voter registration during One-Stop voting and the voter registration deadline…

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Rabun County, Ga. men convicted of illegal bear hunting in WNC federal court

A federal jury sitting in Asheville convicted on Monday, September 8, 2014, Jerry Francis Parker, 63 and Walter Henry Stancil, 66, both of Rabun County, Georgia for their involvement in illegal bear hunting activities and related offenses, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. The defendants are subject to…

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