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Tax reform bill passes NC House and Senate

RALEIGH, N.C. — Both houses of the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 998 Tuesday. The bill is also known as the Tax Simplification and Reduction Act, and it’s the result of a compromise by the House, Senate, and Governor Pat McCrory.

In a press release, Senator Phil Berger said, “Today’s historic vote follows months of hard work and fulfills our most important promise to voters: enacting significant tax reform that makes us competitive for 21st century jobs and returns more money to North Carolina families.”

The bill would eliminate North Carolina’s three-tiered income tax code. Instead, every tax payer would pay a 5.8% income tax.

The bill would also lower corporate income taxes while adding new sales taxes on electricity and natural gas as well as movies and live performances, like concerts.

Thomasville Approves Drug Testing for City Manager

Thomasville Approves Drug Testing for City Manager

The Thomasville City Council unanimously voted Monday to require drug testing for the city manager, according to the Lexington Dispatch.

The decision came after the arrest of Thomasville City Manager Kelly Craver at his High Rock Lake residence on New Year's Day.

Craver was faced with two misdemeanor drug charges and suspended indefinitely with pay by the council two days later. Craver was found not guilty of the charges.

Craver's contract had no formal drug-testing policy before Monday.

It was also learned Monday that council was limited in their ability to suspend Craver, according to the paper.

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Davidson County Board of Elections to Move Locations

Davidson County Board of Elections to Move Locations

The Davidson County Board of Elections will move offices to the Don Mays Pontiac building on North Main Street, according to the Lexington Dispatch.

The move will probably happen after the municipal elections in November but before the 2012 presidential election, the paper reported.

The offices have been on Greensboro Street behind the governmental center since 2002.

The new location will reportedly offer more office space, training and conference rooms.

The county-owned old Don Mays Pontiac building is across from the governmental center.

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Pilot Fire Department Election Takes Place Aug. 11

Pilot Fire Department Election Takes Place Aug. 11

The Pilot Fire Department will hold its annual meeting Thursday, Aug. 11, in Thomasville, according to the Thomasville Times.

The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the department’s location at 4205 Old Hwy. 29.

The purpose of the meeting is to elect four positions on the board, according to the paper. Information on who will be elected was not provided.

The board has 12 members. The terms of Terry Bailey, Brown Baity, Bobby Hedrick and Jackie Stewart will expire.

Jackie Jackson Files for Re-election on Thomasville City Council

Jackie Jackson Files for Re-election on Thomasville City Council

Incumbent Jackie Jackson filed Tuesday with the Davidson County Board of Elections, according to the Lexington Dispatch.

Jackson became the sixth incumbent in the Chair City to file for re-election to the Thomasville City Council. Political newcomer Cindy B. Johnson also filed for the Wallburg Town Council.

Jackson is finishing her first two-year term on the Thomasville City Council. She is employed as a director with Novant Health and previously served on the city council for four years.

Jackson said she is seeking re-election to finish things started by the Thomasville City Council. She said she wants to fill bring businesses to the downtown area.

All seven Thomasville seats are up for election in November. The positions are elected at large for periods of two years.

Four More Incumbents Filed for Thomasville City Council

Four More Incumbents Filed for Thomasville City Council

Four more incumbents filed for Thomasville City Council, according to the Thomasville Times.

Pat Shelton, Ronald Bratton, Neil Grimes and Scott Styers will all return to the ballot this fall, the paper reported.

Jason Varner and Joel Pierce are the only two new candidates to join the incumbents in filing for seven Council seats, all of which will be voted on this term.

Jackie Jackson nor David Yemm had filed for their Thomasville seats as of 12 p.m. Monday, according to the Times.

Mayor Joe Bennett and Councilman Raleigh York Jr. filed for re-election on opening day a week ago.

Candidates have until Friday to file for municipal elections in Davidson County. Terms in Thomasville are not staggered.

Source: The Thomasville Times.

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Senator Hagan Visits DCCC Monday

Senator Hagan Visits DCCC Monday

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., toured Davidson County Community College Monday, visiting teachers and students, according to the Lexington Dispatch.

She received a firsthand look at modern manufacturing technology at the college as she lobbies for her new jobs bill, according to the paper.

Hagan reportedly applauded the school's efforts in supporting a manufacturing skills credential system. DCCC is preparing to offer welding and advanced manufacturing machining labs programs this fall.

"The things that are going on here (DCCC) are so exciting," Hagan said, according to the paper. "The jobs that are out there are the jobs that are being trained for right here."