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Gary Shields' name is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable names in Macon County. Like most Vietnam veterans, he loves the United States, he loves North Carolina, and he loves Franklin and the people who live here. He is passionate in his desire to help other people and to serve his community and his nation.

Upon graduating from high school, Shields enlisted in the military in October 1966. He did his basic training at Fort Bragg, N.C. He then went to Fort Gordon, Georgia, for his radio communication school. He also cross trained in mortars and infantry. In Vietnam, he served with the United States Army Airborne, attached to the 173rd Airborne Brigade. When his unit was in a fire-fight, it was his responsibility as Radio Communications Officer to call in support for them, whether artillery, jets, or mortars.

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At 5.4 percent, North Carolina's unemployment rate for January remained unchanged from December and below the national average of 5.7 percent.

According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce's report released on Tuesday, North Carolina’s January 2014 unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 22,658 over the month to 4,397,927, and increased 65,854 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 1,161 over the month to 248,866, and declined 57,145 over the year.

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Macon County Sheriff's Department is currently taking applications for the third Citizens Academy course. The course, which is set to begin on Thursday, April 9, will be a 10-week educational program geared toward building community relations.

"Our academy gives citizens an opportunity to learn who they have serving at their Sheriff's Office and an insight as to what goes on in the MCSO and in their community," said Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland. "It also allows citizens to learn how they help us make our community even better. It also allows us an opportunity to hear from community members of how we can better serve them."

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The Macon County Board of Elections showed their appreciation to Russell Bowling, past board member and to Agnes DeHart in honor of her husband, Turner DeHart.

Russell Bowling and Turner DeHart served on the board for many years, the presentation was made at the March 10 meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

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