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Riley Carl Howell's heroism is a sacrifice not likely to be overshadowed. To those who knew him, Riley Howell, a 21-year-old junior from Waynesville, North Carolina, was a lover of the mountains in which he was raised. Howell was one of two people killed in the April 30 shooting. Nineteen-year-old Ellis "Reed" Parlier, of Midland, also was fatally shot.

I appreciate that the "Answer Man" John Boyle with Asheville Citizen-Times was amenable to print a different, more up to date, and factual point of view.

A report from the National Education Association this week showed North Carolina had jumped ahead of 18 states in average teacher pay over the last five years.

“The N.C. Forest Service was asked to study the idea of implementing fees and create a plan based on that study by the legislature. If the implementation of fees is approved, it may help to address the growing costs of maintenance and operating costs at DuPont State Recreational Forest,” said Bruce MacDonald, the forest’s communications director.

Sen. Edwards successfully amends Senate Bill 231 that will recognize Buncombe County as a Military Economic Zone.