Highlands man pleads guilty to DirecTV scheme

Federal prosecutors say a Highlands man has pleaded guilty in a scheme involving DirecTV that resulted in a loss of $4.5 million dollars. Ninian Ulysses Bond, II, age 60, pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to wire fraud and mail fraud charges for fraudulently acquiring and unlawfully rebroadcasting DIRECTV satellite television to the customers…

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Forest Service releases new recreation maps

The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina has updated the recreation map of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. The map is posted online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5425097.pdf. The map identifies the locations of the many recreation sites in the two national forests, as well as the activities and amenities available at each site. The…

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SCC Pres to speak at Macon Community Development meeting

Dr. Don Tomas, President of Southwestern Community College, will be guest speaker at the Macon County Community Development Council meeting on Tuesday, August 6. The meeting is being held at the Macon County Cooperative Extension Center and will begin at 7 pm. Dr. Tomas is expected to give an update on plans and happenings at…

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Macon students will pay for Drivers Ed course

Macon County students seeking a drivers license will begin paying a $20 fee to take an online drivers education course. Funds that paid for local students to take the course have been exhausted and the school board passed a motion at their July meeting to begin charging. The decision was unanimous. Board member Stephanie McCall…

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June brings no change in Macon jobless rate

County unemployment rates for June are out and Macon County’s rate remained the same over-the-month. The figures, released Tuesday by the Department of Commerce, show the jobless rate in Macon County held at 9.8 percent from May to June. The numbers indicate that 1592 Maconians were seeking employment last month—that’s out of the county’s labor…

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NC Smokies and Parkway car plates here to stay

NC Smokies and Parkway car plates here to stay

In the final hours of this legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers essentially reversed a decision that would have meant the end for specialty license plates in the state. The measure, passed by the General Assembly Thursday will protect citizens’ rights to sport their existing plate or get a new one without fear of a recall.…

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  • July 23, 2014 4:00 pmFOOD PANTRY OPEN AT HICKORY KNOLL UM CHURCH
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  • July 24, 2014 6:00 pmFREE MEAL AT "THE SERVING SPOON"
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