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The N.C. Highway Patrol needs the public’s help in locating the driver who hit a 12-year-old boy on a bicycle around 7 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 16) near the Western Carolina University campus.

August Lusk of Cullowhee was riding his bike on Old Cullowhee Road in front of Carolina Village Apartments, where his father, Matthew Lusk, lives. A truck attempting to pass, struck the boy from behind, said Trooper Cory Hipp, who investigated the accident.

August is in Asheville’s Mission Hospital. Michelle McCall, who is the mother of Matthew Lusk’s girlfriend, Deanna McCall, lives with August’s family. She listed August’s injuries, which she says include a compound leg fracture, a nearly severed Achilles tendon, broken collarbone and shoulder, broken pelvis, fractured skull and broken facial bones, bleeding on the brain and contusions.


Macon County students will be putting on their backpacks on Monday to head off to the first day of the 2015-16 school year. After a couple of months break, the North Carolina Department of Transportation wants to remind motorists to be cautious of children getting on and off the school bus and make sure citizens allow for the change in traffic.

In North Carolina, more than 14,000 school buses travel our highways daily transporting children to and from school. Most motorists that meet school buses on the state’s highways actually stop as required by North Carolina law. However some do not. The results can be tragic. Since 1999, 13 children in North Carolina have been struck and killed while loading and/or unloading from a stopped school bus. School buses are easy to spot. They typically are painted yellow with the words “School Bus” printed in large type on their front and rear as well as being equipped with alternately flashing red lights on the front and rear. Yet despite these distinguishable traits, motorists still fail to properly stop.


Macon County's August Superior Court session had a full docket, with several cases being decided by Honorable Superior Court Judge William Coward.

Adam Lee Hensley was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to a term of 48 to 70 months for the death of Larry Nelson Wilt on March 9, 2014.

Hensley was arrested and charged with first degree murder after an altercation claimed the life of Wilt at a residence on Kirkland Road.

While the MCSO was clearing the scene, it was evident that a fight had broken out between Adam Hensley, 31, and Larry Nelson Wilt, 31. Officers found both men covered in blood and severely injured, reported Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland.


The last comprehensive report compiled in Macon County that looked into child care issues in the community was published in January 2010 and found that there were far two few available spots for children in Macon County. Now five years later, not a lot has changed and parents are still scrambling to find child care options for their children.

"The quality child care shortage is a real problem in our community," said Commissioner Ronnie Beale, who served on the Macon County Child Care Issues Committee (CIC) in 2009. "To add to this growing problem, the income rates for parents have been lowered, thus fewer parents qualify for child care subsidies."

In basic economic terms, affordable and available child care for Macon County’s working parents is on the same level of importance as affordable housing and affordable health care. The committee believed that parents value affordable child care availability on a par with other employee benefits.


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