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The Battle of Sugartown Chapter of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Franklin held an unusual new member induction ceremony on March 9, when two new members were inducted, one from the other side of the world.

Pictured (LR) are Shelah Portoukalian, Chapter Regent; new member Susan Fritz (center) from Franklin; and, Judy Hughes, former Chapter Regent and Margie Keener, Chapter Registrar, who officiated at the ceremony.

Shelah is holding a cellphone using a video chat application to enabling new member, Melanie Ham, to Ham participating at 12:30 a.m. local time in China.

Ham, originally from Highlands, now lives in Shanghai with her husband and two children. She returns to Highlands each summer with her family.

The board of advisors of the Macon County Community Foundation announces the availability of the Brandon Stiwinter Memorial Scholarship, the Franklin High School Athletic Boosters Scholarship, the Guy Taylor Memorial Scholarship, the Judy Moore Memorial Scholarship, the Tom Raby Memorial Scholarship, and many other statewide scholarships, according to Regina Lupoli, board president.

Lupoli said this is a valuable opportunity for Macon County students to further their educations. “The Macon County board aims to raise awareness among area youth regarding opportunities and scholarships offered through the North Carolina Community Foundation,” she said. The Macon County Community Foundation is an affiliate of NCCF.

Scholarships are available for students meeting various eligibility requirements detailed on, where applications also can be downloaded. Applications also may be available at the high schools.

A resume can play a big role in getting a job. If you are currently unemployed and are actively seeking to enter the job market again, a one-hour resume writing workshop is being offered at the Macon County Public Library on Wednesday, March 18, at 1 p.m. This class was originally scheduled in February but had to be rescheduled because of bad weather.

As part of a partnership between the library and Southwestern Community College’s (SCC) Educational Opportunities Department, SCC Employability instructor Robert Cooper will offer a class at the library for any job seeker who would like to know how to create or polish a resume or how to write a cover letter to submit with a job application. Computer skills are not required for this one-hour class, which will be held in the library’s Computer Lab.


The Evergreen Foundation will be hosting information sessions in each of the seven western counties for organizations interested in submitting a grant proposal. The Foundation will be accepting 2015 grant proposals through May 31 at 5 p.m.

The Evergreen Foundation’s focus is on improving the lives of individuals who have behavioral health, intellectual/ developmental disabilities, or substance abuse issues in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. Grant priorities include proposals focusing on infrastructure of the private provider network; start up and service provision; scholarships to enhance the quality of the provider network; public awareness/education; and advocacy on behalf of consumers and the provider network. Prevention priorities for 2015 include suicide prevention and prescription drug over-dose prevention.


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