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Volunteer groups and other participants removed more than 4.2 million pounds of litter from North Carolina roadsides during the N.C. Department of Transportation’s 2010 fall and spring Litter Sweeps. To put it in perspective, that’s the equivalent of 1.9 billion cigarettes, 134 million soda cans or 42,000 couches. Participants filled more than 288,000 bags with roadside litter, and nearly 40 percent of those were filled by volunteers.

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Business owners in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties have a new loan product option. The New Economy Fund – the latest offering from The Sequoyah Fund – provides loans of $50,000 - $250,000 for green, knowledge- based or creative economy businesses located in the seven farwestern counties of North Carolina. Loans are available for start-ups or ongoing businesses.

The Sequoyah Fund is no ordinary commercial lender. As a nonprofit, independent Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), Sequoyah Fund focuses on assisting individuals who are good candidates to open businesses and pay back loans, but are not having their needs met with traditional bank loan products. The Fund can also partner with banks in offering loan products, especially larger loans. In addition to lending,

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A Dawsonville, Ga., man died accidentally Sunday afternoon while rappelling at Cullasaja Falls in Macon County.

Macon County 9-1-1 received a call at 4:17 p.m. advising that a  person had fallen an estimated 150 feet near the top of Cullasaja Falls near Highway 64 East. The man was identified Monday afternoon, following notification of his family, as 19-year-old Gregory Cooper.

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Video sweepstakes machines are back yet again–and with Governor Beverly Perdue now officially eyeing them as potential revenue outlets for North Carolina–they could be here to stay.

No decision has been made by the governor on whether the governor will support legalizing the industry, according to Perdue’s communications director Chrissy Pearson, who said with potential revenue streams for the state being scarce, all options are being considered.

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Macon County’s Board of Commissioners recognized more than three dozen county employees for their years of service to the people of Macon County. A total of 37 employees were awarded a personalized plaque and pin during a presentation preceding the commission’s regular scheduled meeting Tuesday evening.

Chairman Brian McClellan opened the ceremony with a few words of praise for the county's dedicated employees. “We are here today to honor our county employees,” he said.

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In 2009, a federal judge ruled that the City of Atlanta had been illegally tapping drinking water from Lake Lanier. The city, which has been facing a water shortage crisis for years, was given until 2012 to apply for a legal permit or to find an alternative solution. According to Jenny Sanders of the Little Tennessee Watershed Association, the thirsty giant with a population of almost six million has recently turned its gaze to northeast Georgia and the headwaters of the Little Tennessee River in Rabun County.

This week Sanders paid visits to both the Franklin Town Board of Aldermen and the Macon County Board of Commissioners to lay out the threat posed by a potential “interbasin transfer” from the Little Tennessee. Sanders also reported on the activities of elected officials in Rabun County who are seeking protection from such a possibility, whether the water is taken from the Little Tennessee or from Lake Burton at the headwaters of the Tallulah River.

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Students at Union Academy got a reality check last Thursday. As part of a new program of Macon County Schools, the students listened to a presentation about the scourge of drugs and alcohol known as “Reality Check 101.”

Speakers from the community whose lives were negatively impacted by substance abuse told their stories to onlooking students.

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Fitch Development Group is one step closer to establishing an affordable housing complex in Franklin, as Aldermen unanimously approved a special use permit application for the project at last Monday’s meeting.

Alderman Jerry Evans was absent from the meeting due to medical reasons.

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has outstanding warrants for two individuals for crimes related to a major copper theft that occurred on Rice Road in Cashiers, N.C.

Chad Vincent Wood, 34, listing a Sapphire, N.C. address is wanted for one count of felony breaking and entering, one count of felony larceny after breaking and entering, one count of felony larceny, one count of felony possession of stolen property and one count of injury of real property.

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World War II veterans are being sought to participate in one of the final two flights of Honor Air.

Honor Air, a project of Rotary District 7670, takes World War II veterans to Washington, DC to visit the World War II Memorial and other monuments.

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published: 10/18/2013
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