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This Saturday, Macon residents will be able to donate school supplies to Macon County children during the “Fill the Bus” campaign. School buses will be parked at Wal-Mart, Kmart, and Big Lots from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

“We will probably take the buses out to the locations early and get the signs up so more people will know that it's coming up on Saturday,” said Karen Norton who works for the Macon County School System and is heading up the effort.

“We accept any and all school supplies. We also accept monetary donations.”

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Resolution focuses on three major components.

On Monday night, the Macon County Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution pleading with state lawmakers to reconsider cuts to public education across North Carolina. The resolution, which has since received statewide recognition for being the first of its kind to oppose the budget cuts, focused on three components of the state's budget that will have devastating cuts to public education.

The Republican-led General Assembly on Sunday published the conference report for Senate Bill 402, the two-year state, $20.6 billion appropriations bill for fiscal years 2013-14 and 2014-15. The school board focused on the effect North Carolina Senate Bill 402 will have on public education by virtually eliminating teacher assistants across the state, diverting money from public education to private entities through a voucher system and eliminating "tenure" status for educators.

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Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher announced Thursday, July 18, that the university will proceed with the phased discontinuation of 10 of the 13 academic programs previously recommended by a campus task force for closure.

Belcher also announced that programs in motion picture and television production, Spanish and Spanish education, which had been recommended for discontinuation, will be retained, with program directors responsible for developing action plans to address weaknesses and take steps toward improvement.

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Before enrolling in Southwestern Community College’s Firefighter Academy, Sean Sullivan and Joshua Price helped their respective community fire departments by fetching equipment and working in the background.

Now they can be on the front lines.

Sullivan, Price, and five other area students completed 572 hours of intensive training in less than three months and became the program’s first graduating class on June 29 at SCC’s Public Safety Training Center (SCC-PSTC).

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