School voucher program gets new life

A measure that would earmark North Carolina taxpayer dollars to send some children to private schools is back on track. The school voucher plan, known as the Opportunity Scholarship Program, was halted in February until its constitutionality could be decided. Now that injunction has been lifted by North Carolina’s top court and the program could…

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Macon jobless rate drops in April

Steady improvements continue to be noticed in the local jobless rate. According to the latest report from the Department of Commerce, Macon County’s unemployment dropped one percent, to 6.5, from March to April. According to that report, 975 Maconians actively sought employment in April—that’s out of the county’s total workforce of 14,944. Dale West, Division…

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Pesticide disposal day set for June 4

N.C. Cooperative Extension in Macon County will hold a pesticide disposal/collection day in cooperation with the N.C. Department of Agriculture.  All homeowners, gardeners, farmers or others can dispose of their unwanted pesticides free of charge. All pesticides such as insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, or rodenticides that are in their original containers and clearly labeled will be…

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Jail time for ginseng poachers

On May 22,  U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins announced that two men have been convicted and sentenced in U.S. District Court for the illegal harvesting of ginseng. Daniel Mizell, 26, of Green Mountain, N.C. was sentenced today to serve 30 days in jail for engaging in business operations on the Blue Ridge Parkway and entering…

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Two charged with assisting escapees

A Macon County couple is facing charges after their alleged involvement in last Friday’s jailbreak at the Macon County Detention Center. Officers have charged the two for assisting the escapees before their capture. According to arrest reports filed by Deputies, 52-year-old Karen Ingino Sanford and 56-year-old Richard Frank Sanford turned themselves into authorities on May…

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N.C. Senate seeks largest teacher pay hike in state history

North Carolina is currently ranked 47th in the nation for teacher pay. At a press conference held Wednesday by Senate President Pro Temp Phil Berger, he announced that the largest teacher pay increase in North Carolina history will soon occur if their budge plans go through. The average pay for teachers will increase by over…

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