Jobless rate in Macon improves

April unemployment numbers show that the jobs picture continues improving in Macon County. The report—just out from the Department of Commerce—says the overall jobless rate dropped in Macon County from 11.3 to 10.2 from March to April. According to that report, 1575 Maconians sought employment in April, out of the county’s workforce of 15,449. The…

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Trustees to oversee county’s abandoned public cemeteries

Trustees to oversee county’s abandoned public cemeteries

A board of trustees will soon have oversight of the currently unknown number of abandoned public cemeteries throughout Macon County. On May 20, the county board of commissioners voted to establish a five-member board of cemetery trustees. According to state law, county commissioners have control of abandoned public cemeteries in their respective counties and are…

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Catamounts amid a changing Southern Conference

Catamounts amid a changing Southern Conference

The college sports world has been abuzz with teams moving in and out of conferences over the past several months. The Southern Conference is not immune to some of these shifts. Five teams now are slated to leave the SoCon in the next year or so, with the latest news of Elon planning to join…

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Pool opens just in time for summer

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School board moves ahead with teacher cuts

Following a 4-1 vote Tuesday night, the Macon County School Board approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to cut 31 Probationary I, Lateral Entry, and Provisional Entry teacher positions due to budgetary constraints. The decision was made at the school board regularly scheduled meeting held at Nantahala School. Highlands representative Stephanie McCall voted against the motion. Macon…

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Twenty Years Later: Impact of Click It or Ticket

In 1993, North Carolina was first in the nation to launch an innovative seat belt safety awareness campaign—and now, 20 years later, the significant impact of Click It or Ticket is being noticed. Since the Governor’s Highway Safety Program launched “Click It or Ticket” two decades ago, the number of reported crashes, fatalities and injuries…

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