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At the Nov. 16 Macon County Republican General Meeting, Assistant District Attorney Ashley Welch announced her candidacy for the office of District Attorney, 30th Prosecutorial District, in the 2014 election. The 30th District consists of the following Western North Carolina counties: Macon, Swain, Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood and Jackson.

Welch has been a North Carolina Assistant District Attorney for more than a decade and has been in the 30th District since May 2005. She has a strong record of successful prosecutions and is currently assigned to prosecute major felony cases in the seven counties of the District.

Welch is endorsed by Macon County Sheriff Robert L. Holland, Swain County Sheriff Curtis Cochran, and numerous other law enforcement officers.

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The North Carolina State Highway Patrol and law enforcement organizations that participated in the More Cops, More Stops “I-40 Challenge” during the Thanksgiving travel period, have released the results from the eight-state high-visibility safety campaign.

The “I-40 Challenge” took place on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and Sunday, Dec. 1, which are two of the busiest travel days of the year. In support of the More Cops, More Stops campaign, there was a significant increase in troopers assigned to I-40, ticketing or arresting offenders caught speeding, driving while impaired, failing to wear seatbelts and other traffic violations. Law enforcement agencies from the eight states, which included North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, teamed up for the initiative to push for a zero fatality rate along the 2,555 miles of I-40 over the Thanksgiving travel period.

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The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program has announced that 3,666 drivers and passengers were cited for seat belt and child passenger safety violations during the Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign held Nov. 25 through Dec. 1.

“North Carolina has made tremendous strides in the past 20 years when it comes to seat belt usage,” said Don Nail, director of GHSP. “However, as long as law enforcement officers are issuing seat belt citations, we have work to do.”

To catch those who drove without buckling up, state and local law enforcement officers manned more than 6,200 checkpoints and stepped-up patrols.

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Duke Energy has approved the funding of seven riparian (streamside) habitat enhancement projects in the watersheds and tailwaters of its Nantahala area hydroelectric projects.

Grant funds total $109,057 and matching and in-kind funds for the projects total $406,873.62.

Duke Energy established the Riparian Habitat Enhancement Fund as a commitment in the Tuckasegee Cooperative Stakeholder Team and Nantahala Cooperative Stakeholder Team Settlement Agreements, which were made during relicensing the company’s Nantahala area hydroelectric projects.

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