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Unemployment data released for the month of December on Tuesday indicated that the glass may actually be half full for Macon and surrounding counties, and unemployment trends may be continuing to improve in the area. While the numbers show an expected increase in unemployment at the close of 2010, the figures were better than anticipated considering the effects of the recession on local economies. Data reflected only a slighter than average amount of the layoffs that normally accompany the off-season in western North Carolina.

The good news for Macon County came in the form of some not so bad news with only a two-tenths of a percent (0.2%) increase in unemployment from 10.1% in November to 10.3% in December.

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Budget analysts support decision

The decision to oppose the privatization of alcohol sales in North Carolina is a sober one, suggest researchers and budget anaylsts.

On Jan. 20, Governor Beverly Perdue declared her opposition to privatizing the Alcohol Beverage Control system at the North Carolina Association of County Commissioner’s Legislative Goals Conference in Durham.

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Mohamad Youssef Hammoud, 37, was resentenced Thursday, Jan. 27, to 30 years in prison on charges related to his activities of providing material support to the foreign terrorist organization, Hezbollah, from about 1995 to July 2000 in Charlotte, N.C. The announcement was made by Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Hammoud, who has remained in federal custody since his arrest on July 21, 2000, was born in Lebanon, came into the United States illegally in 1992 and lived here by virtue of three sham marriages to U.S. citizens until his arrest.

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U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan has awarded $15,865,468 in funding to keep 130 local homeless assistance programs in North Carolina operating in the coming year.

The announcement comes just a week before thousands of volunteers in nearly every city and county conduct a national one-night count of homeless persons and families. HUD’s Let’s Make Everybody Count! campaign is intended to document trends in homelessness that are crucial to local planners’ efforts to prevent and end homelessness in their areas.

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