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John Davis is convinced that Macon County could use its own dialysis center.

Three times a week – on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – Davis drives his wife, Sue, to a dialysis center in Sylva where she receives treatment for End Stage Renal Disease. The time, cost and inconvenience associated the 50-mile plus round-trip take their toll. According to Davis, he and his wife are not alone.

“We’ve got about 30 some odd people in Macon County on dialysis,” said Davis, noting that most people must travel outside the county for treatment. At DaVita Sylva Dialysis Center where Davis’ wife receives treatment for end-stage renal disease, six or seven other Macon County residents also receive treatment on the same schedule. The next closest dialysis center is in Clayton, Ga.


Some praise, mostly criticism, at final public hearings on proposed NC electoral maps

“It's a dragon, daddy.”

This was the reaction of one little girl when a Mecklenburg County resident asked what the map of Senate District 37 looked like to her. The father told this story during the third and final public hearing on the newly proposed electoral maps which were held Monday at sites statewide, coordinated via video conference link up.


A new survey finds that 30 percent of North Carolina mothers of children less than two years old say they have spanked their children in the last year.

In addition, 5 percent of North Carolina mothers of threemonth- old babies say they have spanked their very young children. More than 70 percent of mothers of 23-month-old children say they have done so, too.


“Both parties do this,” says Chris Cooper, director of the Public Policy Institute at Western Carolina University. According to Cooper, there is nothing new about the current redistricting wars going on in Raleigh. Every ten years the party in power gets to redraw district lines in the state based on the population data from the most recent Census. The new maps are always controversial. The party in power is always accused of partisan gerrymandering.

What can be done about it? Not much.


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