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11th Annual Franklin Folk Festival

Heritage arts, music, skills and history were showcased at Saturday’s event.

Doug Hubbs, right, of Cave Creek Pottery demonstrates the art of “throwing a pot” at the 11th annual Folk Festival in downtown Franklin.

Photo by Betsey Gooder

 

 

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Superintendent addresses concerns regarding move to digital textbooks

Superintendent addresses concerns regarding move to digital textbooks

After members of the community voiced concern regarding the Macon County School District’s decision to move to a 1:1 format for digital textbooks in high school across the district, Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin reached out to members of the media to share information regarding the process.

In this coming school year, all high school students in Macon County will take part in the initiative to provide 1:1 digital learning devices (iPads) fully equipped with textbooks to students.

“State funding allocated toward purchasing new textbooks has been steadily reduced from $297,726 in 2008-2009 to $62,773 in 2013-2014,” explained Dr. Baldwin.

MEC teacher invents electronics kits for students

MEC teacher invents electronics kits for students

Talking to a former student about her experience learning electronics in college, Macon Early College teacher Dan Alich began wondering why basic electronics were not taught in high school and younger grades. Alich, who acquired a passion for finding out what made things tick while growing up working with electronic kits, wanted to find a way to bring electronics into his classroom at MEC.

“While struggling in my classroom/club to help students learn and understand electronics and programming, I started to look for a complete process and design for building and teaching,” said Alich.

World War II veteran honored on 70th anniversary of D-Day

Last month, World War II veteran and Macon County resident, Herb Simmons, 92, returned to the D-day battlefields of Normandy where he had been a part of the invasion that had driven back and ultimately stopped the German war machine. Within a year, Hitler had committed suicide and the German armies surrendered, ending the war in Europe.

The 70th Anniversary of the invasion was commemorated at Omaha Beach¸ on June 6, 2014. Both the U.S President Barack Obama and President of the French Republic, Francois Hollande, spoke at the ceremony honoring the Allied soldiers who fought and died there to preserve the liberties Americans enjoy each day.

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Heritage arts, music, skills and history were showcased at Saturday’s event.

Doug Hubbs, right, of Cave Creek Pottery demonstrates the art of “throwing a pot” at the 11th annual Folk Festival in downtown Franklin.

Photo by Betsey Gooder

 

 

View more pics and the full gallery after the jump!

 

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Superintendent addresses concerns regarding move to digital textbooks

After members of the community voiced concern regarding the Macon County School District’s decision to move to a 1:1 format for digital textbooks in high school across the district, Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin reached out to members of the media to share information regarding the process.

In this coming school year, all high school students in Macon County will take part in the initiative to provide 1:1 digital learning devices (iPads) fully equipped with textbooks to students.

“State funding allocated toward purchasing new textbooks has been steadily reduced from $297,726 in 2008-2009 to $62,773 in 2013-2014,” explained Dr. Baldwin.

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MEC teacher invents electronics kits for students

Talking to a former student about her experience learning electronics in college, Macon Early College teacher Dan Alich began wondering why basic electronics were not taught in high school and younger grades. Alich, who acquired a passion for finding out what made things tick while growing up working with electronic kits, wanted to find a way to bring electronics into his classroom at MEC.

“While struggling in my classroom/club to help students learn and understand electronics and programming, I started to look for a complete process and design for building and teaching,” said Alich.

Read more...

Last month, World War II veteran and Macon County resident, Herb Simmons, 92, returned to the D-day battlefields of Normandy where he had been a part of the invasion that had driven back and ultimately stopped the German war machine. Within a year, Hitler had committed suicide and the German armies surrendered, ending the war in Europe.

The 70th Anniversary of the invasion was commemorated at Omaha Beach¸ on June 6, 2014. Both the U.S President Barack Obama and President of the French Republic, Francois Hollande, spoke at the ceremony honoring the Allied soldiers who fought and died there to preserve the liberties Americans enjoy each day.

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Nancy Porter, Family Community Partnership Manager at Macon Program for Progress (MPP) was awarded the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Golden Star Award during EFNEP’s State Conference on June 23. The Golden Stars of EFNEP are individuals, groups or agencies, both internal and external, who have significantly contributed to the county program. They provide on-going support to help the nutrition program assistant/associate achieve the county program goals.

To be an EFNEP Golden Star, a partnering agency must share in the EFNEP vision, identify with the EFNEP mission, and work collaboratively with EFNEP to achieve shared goals. Porter and Pat Cable, EFNEP Program Associate in Macon County, work together to plan and deliver EFNEP classes to families served by MPP.

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Thousands of North Carolina students were sent to reading camps in July as part of the state’s 2012 Read To Achieve program. State legislature has required that by third grade, if a student was not shown to be reading proficient, the student would be mandated to attend summer reading camps, or be held back.

Based on the law, the requirement that thirdgrade students show proficiency in reading, or qualify for a “good cause exemption,” to get promoted went into effect the 2013-14 school year. For Franklin area elementary schools, 16 students were required to attend the summer camps, of which about 14 have attended. Although 16 children were required by law to attend the camp, Macon County leaders opened the camp to children in second and third grades who were identified as needing some extra support to become better readers, bringing the total number of students in the camp to 37.

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Water and sewer lines operating below capacity.

The Macon County Planning Board was recently tasked with looking at some requests made by the Town of Franklin and the Town of Highlands in regards to some infrastructure issues. At the urging of the county commissioners, the board members took on the issues at last Thursday's meeting.

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published: 10/18/2013
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