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Transportation Secretary Conti announces campaign totals

North Carolina Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced today that 10,288 drivers and passengers were cited for seat belt and child passenger safety violations during the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which began May 21 and ended June 3.

“Buckling up is a simple action that could save your life,” said Conti. “The stepped up patrols enable law enforcement officers to remind motorists that wearing your seat belt is not only the smart thing to do, it’s the law.”

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The Town of Franklin is requesting the cooperation of local business owners, as we partner with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to remove signs located within the public rights-ofway throughout the Municipality and Extra Territorial Jurisdiction of the Town of Franklin. These signs are prohibited by State Law in G.S. 136-32, which specifically states that all violators of the aforementioned section shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Furthermore, these signs are prohibited locally in Chapter 155 Section 10 of the Town of Franklin’s Unified Development Ordinance.

In light of this, the Town of Franklin in conjuction with the North Carolina Department of Transportaion will be removing all temporary signs and objects from the public rights-of-way during the week of June 18, 2012.

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Justin Conley and Elaine and Bob McCollum were elected by voters in the 11th Congressional District during a convention held in Haywood County on May 19th to represent Western North Carolina at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) which will be held in Charlotte this September.

“Attending and participating in your political party’s National Convention, as members of the host state delegation, is most likely a once in a lifetime event,” said Elaine. “It will be both humbling and exciting for us to work alongside our political peers and party activists as we chart the future of the Democratic Party.

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Race for seat in 11th Congressional District tightens.

Republican voters in the 11th Congressional District will head to the polls once again on July 17 to decide which of the two businessmen will run for Congress on the GOP ticket. Jackson County resident Mark Meadows and Vance Patterson of Burke County advanced to a runoff election after neither candidate was able to secure 40 percent of the votes in the primary held on May 8.

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