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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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Roy Owenby will talk about his book “The Owl Knows” Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m. at the Jackson County Public Library.Local author Roy Owenby will present a talk about his novel “The Owl Knows” on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m., in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex. This program is free of charge.

“The Owl Knows” is an Appalachian Trail mystery set in Macon County. Two female teachers are hiking the Trail, when one is murdered and the other mysteriously disappears. The plot thickens as local law enforcement, aided by the FBI, begin to unravel the mystery.

Author Roy Owenby, was born in Nantahala. A Navy veteran, he graduated from Appalachian State University at age 40.

Local author Roy Owenby will present a talk about his novel “The Owl Knows” on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m., in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex. This program is free of charge.

“The Owl Knows” is an Appalachian Trail mystery set in Macon County. Two female teachers are hiking the Trail, when one is murdered and the other mysteriously disappears. The plot thickens as local law enforcement, aided by the FBI, begin to unravel the mystery.

Author Roy Owenby, was born in Nantahala. A Navy veteran, he graduated from Appalachian State University at age 40. After 35 years in various supervisory and management positions, he currently works part-time for the N.C. Department of Commerce. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Israel and Europe. He is a featured writer for the Burningtown News, an online newspaper. He has written more than 200 short stories, many of which will be featured in an upcoming book entitled “Taters, Corn Shellers and Lard Buckets,” a caricature of Southern Appalachian life.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. For more information, call the JCPL at (828)586-2016.





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published: 10/18/2013
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