Members of the Franklin High School Homecoming Court for 2015 are (front row, L-R) Haeli Bryson, Alexis Bodenheimer, Mackenzie Herman, Madison Pattillo; (second row, L-R) Ashlyn Watts, Ashlyn Carruthers, Alexis Taro; (third row, L-R) - Brianna Domenech, Payton Burrell, Brooke Watson, McKenzie Hayles; (fourth row, L-R) Heidi Shope, Macie Bodenheimer, Haley Hamilton.
This year’s Homecoming Queen will be crowned Friday, Oct. 16, at halftime of the football game against North Henderson in the Panther Pit.
Each year, the Macon County School District leaders honor one teacher in the district for their outstanding accomplishments and dedication to students by naming a "Teacher of the Year." This year, the Macon County School District had the honor of recognizing one of their own former students, Andrea Chalker, as the 2015 Teacher of the Year.
"Teaching is a challenging endeavor," said Chalker. "We are not developing a product. We are inspiring human beings, our next generation. To be successful, you have to be supported and collaborate with the community around you. That includes your administration, peers, coaches, parents, community members, businesses, the list goes on and on. I have been blessed to have been surrounded by the best from my beginnings at Cartoogechaye all the way to my current school in Highlands."
For its second year, the Smoky Mountain Veterans Stand Down provided local veterans with needed services.
Last Thursday, veterans from across Western North Carolina gathered in the Robert C. Carpenter Community building and were met with community organizations who provided essential services ranging from haircuts to medial assistance.
The free, community-sponsored event was organized to give homeless, in need, or low-income veterans both short and long-term assistance. Veterans were greeted by volunteers and organizations who offered food, clothing, ministry, employment counseling, education services and medical and legal services.
Saturday's rainfall didn't stop families from coming out to the Macon County Public Library on Saturday for Read2Me's annual parent training event.
About 20 families stopped by the library and participated in crafts from the Western Mountain Reading Council, bicycle safety information and goodies from Smoky Mountain Bicyles and free books from Read2Me.
The annual parent training events, which are held each fall, are part of Read2Me's initiative to increase public awareness on the importance of raising a reader.
This year's event, themed "Roll Into Reading" featured crafts, music and stories about bicycles, buses and cars. Children were even able to visit with Ralph the Read2Me therapy dog.
Fifth-grader Brianna Norris was the top seller for the Mountain View Intermediate PTO fundraiser.
Brianna, who is in Mr. Willams homeroom, sold 50 items for the $50 cash prize.
Various items were sold including jewelry, wrapping paper, magazines, etc. The fundraiser was open to all 630 students of MVI. Proceeds have not been specifically allocated yet but will be distributed through PTO.
Brianna and the students that sold a minimum of 20 items will also participate in a limo ride to lunch donated by Fatz Cafe.