61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

- published 8/21 (Larry) old link: http://www1.cfnc.org/applications/NC_Community_College/apply.html?application_id=1527

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Western Carolina University will hold commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 15, to honor its fall graduating class and a group of newly minted WCU alumni who received degrees after this year’s summer school sessions.

The 2 p.m. ceremony at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center is open to everyone and no tickets are required for admission. Chancellor David O. Belcher will preside over commencement and deliver the charge to the fall semester degree candidates and summer graduates.

WCU’s fall class includes about 695 students who are currently completing academic requirements to receive their degrees, and approximately 545 of those students will be participating in the ceremony. Another 150 WCU graduates who completed degree requirements during summer school and who already have been conferred degrees also will be donning caps and gowns for the event.

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Patti McClure of Franklin spoke at The NewHearts Thankful Banquet recently. McClure is a heart transplant recipient having received her new heart at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.

The Newhearts is associated with the Carolinas Medical Center of Charlotte as a support group for people who have had a heart transplant, or people who are waiting for a transplant and their immediate families.

The group provides educational support through bimonthly meetings and special classes held at the hospital.

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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.

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.

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Smoky Mountain High graduate Shannon Murphy has always been destined to make a difference in the world. Even as a young child, Murphy would lead her friends on missions to help others whether it was as a seventh grader when she and two friends traded their own Christmas presents to give them to less fortunate children in their school or as a high school student who spearheaded efforts to collect items to send to Hurricane Katrina victims. Whatever the cause, if the end result was to help others, even complete strangers, Murphy was first in line to volunteer her time.

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