Duke Energy’s latest rate hike approved

Duke Energy customers in western North Carolina can expect electric bills to rise again. On Tuesday, Duke was granted a 4.5 percent rate hike from the N.C. Utilities Commission. This marks the third rate increase since 2009, with a 7.2 percent rate hike for Duke Energy customers being put in place earlier this year. The…

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Sheriff’s Office plans Student Crime Stoppers line

Soon Macon County students will have a discreet way to report bullying and other types of inappropriate activity occurring at school. The Macon County Sheriff’s Office will soon launch Student Crime Stoppers as a service to local students—it will work in much the same way the community-based crime stoppers does. Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland…

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Kilby pleads not guilty

Lowanda “Peanut” Kilby, former director of a Rabun County, Ga. animal shelter, pleaded not guilty to all charges on Wednesday during an arraignment. Kilby is accused of ordering euthanizations on dogs that people sponsored financially to keep alive. This “Lucky Dog” program was shutdown after being exposed by an Atlanta news investigation in 2012. Earlier…

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Angel announces plans for outpatient center

Angel announces plans for outpatient center

Angel Medical Center is announcing plans for a major expansion of facilities with a new medical services building. Hospital officials say the new 25,000-square-foot facility will significantly increase access to outpatient services for Macon County and surrounding communities. It will be located adjacent to Angel Medical Center in Franklin and will feature a state-of-the-art cancer…

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Local weaver to receive prestigious Heritage Award from governor

Local weaver to receive prestigious Heritage Award from governor

A Jackson County woman is among five North Carolinians who will receive the state’s prestigious Heritage Award next May. Governor Pat McCrory announced that Susan Morgan Leveille, of Dillsboro, will be a 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award recipient. Leveille has become renowned for her weaving after she first sat at a loom to weave at…

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School board hopes to clear confusion on gun law

It appears the Macon County Board of Education will not try to counter a state law that permits locked concealed guns in locked vehicles on school grounds. At the board meeting Monday night, school board attorney John Henning recommended the board not attempt to pass a local ban that would override the law in Macon…

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