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.
In accordance with a new state law passed during the 2013 legislative session, the State of North Carolina has begun issuing no-fee voter identification cards.
Beginning in 2016, North Carolina will require voters to have a valid photo ID to cast a ballot when voting in person. A list of photo ID that will be acceptable for voting is available on the State Board of Elections’ website. No-fee ID cards are available for people who have no other valid forms of photo identification.
Applications for no-fee voter ID cards can be made at any North Carolina DMV driver license office.
Applicants will need to present documents that verifies their age and identity. Applicants will also need to provide a valid Social Security number.
NCDMV has posted the requirements and documents acceptable for the Voter ID card on its website.
Voter ID cards are mailed to applicants within 10 to 15 days following application.
Under the leadership of Commissioner Kelly Thomas, the Division of Motor Vehicles conducted five rehearsals and training sessions last month for all examiners and information technology personnel to ensure the examiners and IT professionals are trained in the procedures to issue voter identification to all North Carolinians seeking that form of ID.