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When the Highlands Town Board convenes on Tuesday, Dec. 6, two of the three commissioners being sworn in will be brand new. Although they are newly elected commissioners, Brian Stiehler and Eric Pierson will bring a wealth of community experience to their positions.

Highlanders voted on three of the five seats on the Highlands Town Board during the Nov. 8 election. Since all Highlands Town Board members serve at large, voters had the opportunity to cast their ballots for three candidates. The top three vote getters were thus elected.

 

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Fred Alexander of Duke Energy presented Amy Ammons Garza with the 2012 Duke Citizenship & Service Award on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce's Holiday Reception.

The award is given annually by Duke Energy to honor a citizen for their volunteer leadership and is a tribute to individuals who make a difference in their communities by using their time, talents and compassion to positively impact the lives of others.

Garza was nominated for her outstanding community service by Catch the Spirit of the Appalachia Board member, Norma Clayton.

Since the resignation of former Economic Development Director Trevor Dalton last September, Macon County has actively pursued a viable replacement. The county’s Economic Development Commission subsequently hired Tommy Jenkins, a Macon County native, on Nov. 1 to help in their efforts to attract and retain businesses throughout the county.

This position is particularly important considering the high rate of unemployment throughout Western North Carolina, with Macon County’s unemployment rate still hovering at 10 percent.

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An assault on a recycling center employee last weekend has authorities searching for a faceless culprit or culprits.

The incident occurred at approximately 6:43 p.m. on Saturday evening, when Otto Recycling Center employee Pam Keyser was preparing to shut down the facility for the day.

“I went out to turn on the [trash] compactor, like we always do toward the end of the day,” she recalled. “I turned it on and as I knelt to pick up some loose trash in front of the compactor, I felt something grab what I think were my overall suspenders from behind ... I was being pulled from behind.”

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