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U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) commented on the country’s employment situation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy added 227,000 jobs in February with the national unemployment rate unchanged from January at 8.3 percent.

“We have seen gradual progress in our country’s employment picture over the past five months,” said Hagan. “But today’s jobs report is another reminder that in order to continue that positive trend, we can’t just rest on our laurels and wait for the economy to improve. That means that Congress must put partisanship aside and work together on commonsense solutions, like my America Works Act, to get unemployed Americans back on the job as quickly as possible,” she concluded.


North Carolina Courts rule sweepstakes ban as unlawful

After a three judge panel on the NC Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to throw out North Carolina’s law banning video sweepstakes machines on March 5, saying the ban intruded on free speech rights of machine operators, Franklin’s Board of Alderman agreed to impose higher fees on sweepstakes machines operating within their jurisdiction. Town officials voted to increase their fee to local sweepstakes machines at their regular scheduled meeting in March. The town should get a significant amount of revenue from the policy move.


The Governor of North Carolina, Bev Perdue, issued a proclamation declaring the week of March 15 Sunshine Week across North Carolina. Sunshine Week celebrates transparency in government and calls attention to its importance in our democracy.

The week will enable citizens, journalists, and other people interested in transparency in government the opportunity to learn how to obtain information and how to ask the right questions to do so.


Farming is not just a hobby for Joe Deal and his father, Butch Deal, but it is a way of life. Deal Farms of Franklin has been a consistent local source of food for the people of Macon County since the early 1950s, and the family has farmed for seven generations and counting. With over 500 acres of farmland and over 30 different types of vegetables and various fruits made available at their local fruit stands, the locally owned family farm does in fact have a stellar reputation among Maconians and in the surrounding area.

Since 1951, the family has ran a commercial farm in Macon County , and have since expanded their market share to Atlanta and Asheville. Locally, Deal Farms supplies Ingles stores with their products, freshly made and supplied–something competitors simply cannot match.


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