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Tip a Cop will generate funds for Christmas program.

Diners at Motor Company Grill may not get the best service next Thursday, but it certainly will be service with a smile, and for a good cause. Servers at the restaurant will be members of local law enforcement agencies and 100 percent of all tips will be donated to the county's Shop with a Cop program.

After 17 years playing Santa in Macon County, the Macon County Shop with a Cop program hit a record high last year when they were able to take 258 local children shopping. The number of children served, which has grown from 16 children when it first started, is both a testament to the community support of the program and the need for such a program in the county.


To kick off National Child Passenger Safety Week, Jackson County Safe Kids hosted a celebration last weekend recognizing the men and women who are certified in checking child passenger seats.

"We wanted to honor those who have gone the extra mile, to give back to their community by becoming certified child passenger safety technicians," said Daniel Peoples of Safe Kids Jackson County. "These individuals were willing to go through a rigorous 32-hour training course on how to properly install car seats. After being certified they must meet many requirements, such as continuing education hours, minimum number of car seat checks, and even review by car seat experts. This award ceremony was our way of thanking them for all that they do."


Volunteer group marks successes of past 10 years.

“How’d you come through it?” is shorthand for folks on the Gulf Coast. No one asks what “it” is. People know “it” means Hurricane Katrina. People share if they lost anyone, the height of the water where they lived and how they survived. While some people were home within a year of Hurricane Katrina, for many it took years. There are still people not back in their homes. Damaged communities have been a day in, day out reality for tens of thousands of people for nearly 4,000 days, yet it seems to make the news largely on the anniversary, Aug. 29. This year, at the milestone of ten years, there was more than the usual news coverage.


Church sponsors event for disabled students and vets.

Next week, a group of disabled students and veterans will head into the forest of Macon County for the third annual CAMO (Christians Actively Ministering Outdoors) Deer Hunt sponsored by Pine Grove Baptist Church.

"In January of this year we sent out letters to Mountain View Intermediate, the middle school, and high school asking for students that would be interested in going turkey hunting and deer hunting that met the criteria," said Mickey Carpenter with the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. "We received applications back from the parents and selected 10 students to go. We also reached out to about 15 veterans that met the criteria to go on a hunt as well."


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