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Jane Hipps of Waynesville has officially announced her candidacy for the North Carolina Senate seat held by Jim Davis.

To kickoff her campaign, an “Announcement Celebration” is being held for Hipps Thursday evening at 5:30 pm at the Junaluska Elementary School. The public is invited.

Having spent more than 38 years in public education, Hipps understands firsthand what it means to be an educator. Working first as a vocational rehabilitation counselor in Haywood County and eventually as a science consultant for the Western Area Regional Alliance, she has been a school psychologist, a teacher, a program developer, and a National Math and Science Consultant. Hipps states that while she looks at her time in the classroom with pride, she believes recent moves of our North Carolina Legislature have left monumental concerns.

Hipps says she is running for the NC Senate because she is concerned about the future of this state. She highlights how opportunities for our children have been eroded by the massive cuts and threats to public education, including the community colleges and universities. Hipps states that the impact of these cuts at the local level has meant that our counties have fewer teachers, teacher assistants and assistant principals.

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With more than 59,000 letters hitting the mail Tuesday, Feb. 11, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is making a final push to reach out to North Carolina CDL drivers who have not yet complied with the federal requirement to certify the type of driving they do with NCDMV.

Since Jan. 30, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has required all CDL holders to certify to NCDMV whether they drive interstate or intrastate and for what purpose. If required, they must also provide their current DOT medical card to NCDMV. Drivers must continue to carry paper copies of their medical cards through January 2015 for review by federal or state inspectors on the roadside or to protect against being cited for violations.

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Beginning in February, OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling will offer local information sessions to help people determine if they are eligible for mortgage payment assistance from the N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Loan Program.

The N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund makes mortgage payments for qualified unemployed workers, including returning veterans, while they look for jobs or complete job training. The program is offered statewide by the N.C. Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) and funded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. On- Track Financial Education & Counseling (OnTrack WNC) is NCHFA’S program partner responsible for helping consumers in Western North Carolina.

Statewide this foreclosure prevention effort has helped 15,000 North Carolinians who lost jobs. On- Track WNC has helped over 600 families in western NC obtain almost $13 million dollars worth of assistance.

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Last Thursday night, the Southwestern Commission, the Council of Government’s organization that represents the counties and municipalities of the seven-county region, held a workshop in Macon County to discuss the Southwestern North Carolina Opportunity Initiative (OPT-IN). Members of the public were invited to attend the forum to lend their ideas for the project.

A group of experienced consultants from within the region were chosen to facilitate community discussions that shape the Regional Vision. The goals of the initiative that have been laid out are to first identify a broad, consensus-driven vision, then to facilitate a collaborative sorting of ideas and strategies most likely to realize that vision for counties, towns and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

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