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Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education is now offering online programs that allow individuals to earn certificates in nutrition, fitness and health.

The result of a collaboration involving WCU, Educational Fitness Solutions Inc. and others, the programs make it possible for students to earn certification in a period ranging from three months to two years, depending on the program. Fitness professionals from all fields are encouraged to enroll, as well as individuals seeking a new career as a health or fitness professional.


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America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service and the same hold true for the Franklin area. Duke Power wants to recognize these efforts by honoring a citizen in the community with the Duke Power Citizenship and Service Award.

In addition to the Duke Award, nominations are also being accepted for the Citizen of the Year and Organization of the Year. The awards will be presented during the Banquet in late January, 2012. This banquet will combine the former Annual Awards &Installation Banquet and the Chamber’s Annual Meeting. A dinner will be served and tickets are available.


Sylva’s annual Christmas parade welcomed the holiday season last Saturday with festive music, dancers, and of course, Santa Claus.

“I was thrilled with the outcome,” said Paige Roberson, Main Street’s Economic Development Director. “We had an outstanding turnout of community members and citizens. The people who came really demonstrated the spirit of our community.”

Sylva’s newest trio, SCC’s new President, Dr. Don Tomas; WCU’s new Chancellor, Dr. David Belcher; and Jackson County school’s new Superintendent, Mike Murray, were all honored as the parade’s Grand Marshals.


Sheriff Robbie Holland and about 10 other volunteers endured the cold morning air last Saturday morning to raise money for the annual “Shop with a Cop” program. The program enables public safety agencies from across the country to collaborate with community members in bringing an early Christmas to kids in need. Holland and the Macon County Sheriff’s Department began the program 14 years ago, with each year gaining more and more traction among supporters.

“We organized and got Wal-Mart to support whatever the auction raised, they would contribute and match it,” said Sheriff Holland. “We provided Christmas to 16 kids in the first year, and since then, it has grown and grown.


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