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News General

New faces challenge incumbent commissioners

The race for seats on the Sylva Town Board is on. The deadline to file to run for Sylva’s town board elections was Friday, July 15.

Current board members, Harold Hensley, Ray Lewis, and Chris Matheson are all up for re-election. Candidates include all three of the current board members, a former board member, Lynda Sossamon, and newcomer John Bubacz. The election will be held Nov. 8.

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Officials quiet about details

On July 6, the Town of Highlands terminated its Town Manager, Jim Fatland, during a closed session portion of a board meeting.

According to the Town Manager’s office had “cause” to let Fatland go, but no town officials will go into details as to the reasons why.

“There have been no new developments since the decision was made,” commented Highlands Commissioner Gary Drake on the matter.

 

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Franklin resident Kathleen Wood is currently enrolled in a class entitled “Global Climate Change: The Science, Social Impacts and Diplomacy of a World Environmental Crisis” at Harvard University.

The course is an intensive seven-week seminar that addresses the latest scientific research, social implications and diplomatic response to global climate change.

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During last week’s statewide “Booze it or Lose It: Operation Firecracker” campaign, state and local law enforcement officers throughout North Carolina cited 1,192 motorists for driving while impaired, said State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti, in a recent press release. During the statewide campaign, which ran from June 27 to July 4, a total of 42,997 traffic and criminal citations were issued statewide.

“The Governor’s Highway Safety Program, along with state and local law enforcement officers worked hard during this campaign to remove drunk drivers and other violators from our roads,” Conti said. “Safety is our top priority and this effort shows there are serious consequences to drinking and driving.”

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