NC health officials caution about whooping cough

After continued outbreaks of pertussis (whooping cough) across the state, state health officials are encouraging people of all ages to be immunized against this highly contagious but preventable respiratory disease. As of August 14, state public health officials had tracked 326 cases of pertussis, including 50 cases in infants. State law requires that kindergartners and…

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Public input sought for Hall Mountain tract management

The Macon Heritage Center at Cowee School will be the site for two upcoming public meetings on the future of the Hall Mountain tract in Macon County. The Cherokee Tribal Office of Environment & Natural Resources wants public input on managing the 108-acre tract, which was recently purchased by the Eastern Band. The tribe plans…

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County to help fund Scaly Mt. School House improvements

Macon Commissioners are extending taxpayer dollars to preserve an important piece of county history. At their August 13 meeting, commissioners approved $5,000 to help fund improvements at the historic Scaly Mountain School House. John Bankston, president of the Scaly Mountain Historical Society, requested $4,000 from the county and an additional yearly stipend of $3,000 to…

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SCC enrollment rising

Flexible hours and expanded course offerings are a couple of reasons behind the recent enrollment rise at Southwestern Community College, which has campuses in both Macon and Jackson Counties. Cheryl Davids, Dean of SCC’s Macon Campus, explained their goal was to achieve a three percent growth in enrollment, but have exceeded that over the last…

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NC adds 8,200 jobs last month

The latest unemployment numbers are out from the North Carolina Department of Commerce indicating a slight rise in the jobless rate. Last month, the state’s unemployment ticked up by 0.1 percent to 8.9 percent. Despite the slight increase, the rate remains nearly a percentage point lower than a year ago. A total of 8,200 jobs…

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Officers begin Labor DWI crackdown

As summer winds down, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program is ramping up a statewide effort to catch drivers who choose to get behind the wheel after drinking. The Labor Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign is now underway, and law enforcement officers across North Carolina are out in full force, citing motorists who drive…

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