BOE votes for upgrades at schools

Additional capital improvements throughout the Macon County School System got approval from the school board at their meeting held Monday. The board approved to replace the sinks and vanities at Cartoogechaye and South Macon at a cost not to exceed $6,000. Also $2,840  was allocated to complete the fire alarm panel replacement at Macon Middle…

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Enterovirus cases confirmed in N.C.

A respiratory virus in children that’s been sweeping the nation is now in North Carolina; Health officials have confirmed six cases of Enterovirus  D-68 have been found in the state. Dr. Zack Moore with the Division of Public Health says those most at risk for Enterovirus D-68 are children and those with existing respiratory issues…

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New principal named at Iotla-Valley

The Macon County Board of Education has selected a new principal for Iotla-Valley Elementary. Following an executive session at the board’s meeting held Monday night in Highlands, the school board approved Michelle Bell to become the new principal. Bell will transfer from her role as assistant principal at Mountain View Intermediate to principal at Iotla-Valley.…

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Forest Service begins rockslide repair on Rainbow Springs Road

The U.S. Forest Service will begin repairing a large section of Rainbow Springs Road (FS# 437) beginning Sept. 29, 2014. The agency expects to reopen the road no later than Dec. 22. The work will be conducted in the Nantahala Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest. Four miles of Rainbow Springs Rd. will be closed from…

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Board caps financial aid at UNC universities

The UNC Board of Governors passed a controversial measure recently to cap financial aid at schools in the system. The change poses a challenge for some university administrators according to Ran Coble with the non-partisan North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research. He says the vote limits schools to spend no more than 15 percent…

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Captured inmate indicted on first degree murder

A local man who escaped custody at the Macon County Detention Center and was later captured was indicted by a grand jury on Monday on new charges including first degree murder. The suspect, 21-year-old Charles Andrew Cochran, is believed to have burned down a home and killed 71-year-old Day Williamson while he was on the…

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