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Homeowners in the Nantahala community will soon be able to expect lower insurance premiums due to the addition of a new substation located about a quarter of a mile above the Nantahala School on Winding Stairs Road.

According to Macon County Fire Marshal Jimmy Teem, the district maps have been approved by Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and the Macon County Board of Commissioners. “OSFM has also been notified for an inspection to be scheduled so this substation can be brought on-line and the residents and business owners affected by this sub-station can get a lower insurance premium,” said Teem.

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Mary Tallent, CIC, of Wayah Insurance Group was recently recognized for professional leadership and advanced knowledge by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC), a leading national insurance professional organization.

Tallent was awarded a certificate marking more than 15 years of participation as a designated CIC, which requires annual completion of advanced education and training.

“Mary’s ongoing allegiance and support of the CIC Program is a testament to the value she places on “real world” education and customer satisfaction. Your clients, associates, and the insurance profession as a whole will benefit from such dedication,” cited Dr. William T. Hold, CIC, CPCU, CLU, President of the Society of CIC.

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Southwestern Community College's Small Business Center and The Franklin Chamber of Commerce are hosting a seminar by Martin Brossman entitled “Building Your Web Presence” on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 1:30 p.m. in the Boardroom of the Groves Center on SCC's Macon Campus.

So you have a website, but it is not being found? As a small business these days, you really need more than just a website. The seminar will cover how to make your site easy for Google to find, and you'll learn tips and techniques to get results. In addition, you'll learn basic information about search engines, social media, webbased directories, and internet marketing. Brossman will also go over free and easy website and blogging options, plus, how to avoid many of the internet scams related to having a website.

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Bids rejected for new ambulances on a technicality

According to Haven, the maintenance is not the only thing that is more costly, but the parts for a Dodge are more than a Ford as well.

Beale said that although the maintenance costs may differ between the two vehicles, another benefit of the Dodge Charger is that the car has been vetted by the Highway Patrol. “The Charger has been used and approved by the State Highway Patrol, so we know what to expect when adding them to our fleet,” said Beale.

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Macon County News reporter travels to the Big Apple.

My historical tour of New York extended well beyond the city's most well known monuments, but encompassed a sense of ambiguity toward the purpose of our visit.

Although Andrew and I have both been to the city multiple times, we still opted to do the typical tourist things like visit Central Park. Now, I was born and raised in Western North Carolina. I grew up barefoot and dirty in these mountains and couldn't imagine living anywhere else in the world. So to just climb on the rocks or lay in the grass of Central Park, seemed like I was getting the short end of the stick. It is inconceivable for me to think that for so many people in Manhattan, the only bit of escape to nature that people have is the acre or so of grass spread beneath the trunks of a few sparse trees. Don't get me wrong, to kick off my flip flops and lay back with my eyes shut, hands behind my head and enjoy the sun beaming through the leaves of an oak tree was therapeutic, but with the faint sound of horns honking and the shuffle of everyday life, it just can't compare to any back yard in Western North Carolina.

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September 14 game against Brevard

Franklin High School Booster Club’s annual “Salute to Veterans” is scheduled to be held at Franklin High School’s Panther Pit on Friday, Sept. 14, before the home game against Brevard. Event organizer Rhonda Blanton has spent the last several weeks speaking before civic organizations to inform the community of the event. Blanton has spoken before the Macon County Board of Commissioners, the Board of Education and most recently, the Franklin Board of Alderman in hopes of generating community support.

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Macon County Democrats sent at least 23 local Democrats to the Democratic National Convention. This is the largest number of Macon County residents to attend any National Convention.

In addition, this is the first time three delegates and one alternate have ever been elected to attend a National Convention from Macon County.

The convention was held in Charlotte, from Sept. 3 through Sept. 6.

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Former RGNS student recognized in The Concord Review

Recent Rabun Gap graduate Alex Kovaka, Class of 2012, recently received notice from The Concord Review that his essay on Gottfried von Leibniz will be published in their Fall 2012 issue. Will Fitzhugh, Founder, stated that Alex’s explanation of von Leibniz’s inclusion of both Medieval and Modern philosophical views will be circulated to their readers in 42 U.S. states and in 35 countries.

Alex is currently attending The United States Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Marion Truslow, Alex’s teacher and mentor at Rabun Gap, stated, “Alex will one day match and surpass the storied career of General David Petraeus as a great military mind, both as a scholar and as a leader of men in battle.”

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Since Southwestern Community College opened its doors on Dec. 1, 1964, six men have served as president. Recently, four of the six presidents and several trustee members got together to talk about the college and its history. The group of presidents included Norman K. Myers (1981-1991); Barry W. Russell (1991-1996); Cecil L. Groves (1997-2010); and current president Don Tomas, who took the reins in 2011. Richard W. Collings, who served as president from 2010 to 2011, was unable to attend. SCC’s first president, Edward E. Bryson, who served from 1964 to 1980, died in 2002.

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During the past year Southwestern Community College has awarded 303 General Education diplomas and 13 Adult High School diplomas. On Aug. 7, a ceremony was held to honor the most recent graduates. Dr. Don Tomas, SCC College President, congratulated the students and handed out certificates.

The speaker for the evening was Ceretta Davis, SCC Culinary Program Coordinator and Instructor. Davis spoke to students about her own experience earning a GED from Southwestern before returning to earn a Degree in Culinary Arts. She encouraged all graduates to continue their education. “Your education is really important. It helps shape your future and makes you more employable in the job market,” says Davis.

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