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Macon Board of Education under fire for ‘vague’ rules.

After a lengthy debate during Monday night's meeting, the Board of Education voted to approve the Professional Standards of Conduct and Performance for Macon County School System Employees after the 2nd reading of the policy.

The policy, which was approved only after Chairman Tommy Cabe made a tie-breaking vote with board members Stephaine McCall and Tommy Baldwin in favor of adopting the policy, and members Jim Breedlove and Gary Shields against it, is not an entirely new policy. Instead, it is a consolidation of two former Professional Standards of Conduct policies.


Law may revoke license for serious moving violations.

Teenagers will have to be more responsible on North Carolina highways from now on, according to a new state law that may hold serious implications for many young drivers.

The new driving laws are more strict on Tar Heel teenagers, and aim to curtail dangerous driving habits by imposing severe punishments on new drivers who commit misdemeanor, or worse, criminal moving violations.


After former Democratic state Senator John Snow announced his bid to oust incumbent Senator Jim Davis for the District 50 seat of the General Assembly earlier this month, he immediately began working on his campaign strategy. Last Saturday, Macon County’s Democratic Party held a rally for the former Senator at South Macon Elementary School to celebrate his announcement to seek another term in office.

Snow served six years as a state Senator before narrowly losing to Davis in 2010. According to Snow, the new redistricting maps should help his run for Senate. The newly drawn districts took out Transylvania County, which was predominantly a Republican stronghold, and added Haywood County, which has historically been strongly Democratic.


The Board of the Hospice House Foundation, along with Four Seasons and Compassion for Life, has announced that the State has issued a Certificate of Need (CON) for a free standing hospice inpatient facility/ hospice house for Macon County.

“The support and prayers of everyone has helped us accomplish yet another step toward our mission,” said Michele Alderson, President of the Hospice House Foundation of WNC. “Now we are focused on obtaining a location for the hospice house. We are also reaching out and establishing contacts with other care giving agencies that may need use of the facility in the future.”


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